California follows most states in that, if your blood alcohol level (BAC) is 0.08% or higher while driving a motor vehicle, you can be arrested and charged with DUI (Driving under the Influence). This limit is significantly lower for commercial vehicle drivers (0.04%) and those under the age of 21 (0.01%). If you have been charged with a DUI, you need a good DUI lawyer in Santa Clarita to ensure that your rights are being properly protected.
Our defense lawyers at the Simmrin Law Group have experience defending a variety of traffic and moving violations, such as:
- Driving on a Suspended License
- Driving Without Insurance
- Reckless Driving
- Red Light Camera Tickets
- Speeding Tickets
- Traffic Violations
While some of these charges carry heavier penalties than others, a conviction, no matter how small, is not something you want on your permanent record. This is especially true if your charges are upgraded to a felony.
Driving on a Suspended License
Rather than face the uncertainties that can come with taking public transit, many feel as if they are forced to break the law when they have a suspended license from a DUI conviction but still need to get to work. If, however, you are pulled over and are arrested for driving on a suspended license, you may face a longer suspension, fines, and even jail time if convicted.
The lawyers at the Simmrin Law Group are on your side. We believe California’s driving laws are unfair, and we will do everything within our power to get you the best possible outcome for your DUI case, including fighting against having your license suspended where possible.
Under the California Vehicle Code, reckless driving is defined as willfully or maliciously driving with a disregard for the safety of others or their property. Examples of reckless driving include:
- Road rage
- Street racing
- Repeatedly swerving in and out of traffic
- Driving the wrong way
- Passing another driver illegally
- Driving on the sidewalk, playing chicken, or other dangerous behavior
Sometimes, a prosecutor might be willing to allow you to plea-bargain your DUI charge to a lesser offense, and often times it’s to reckless driving. This is why you need an experienced DUI lawyer who knows every inch of California’s DUI laws and can fight expertly on your behalf with the court system.
Red Light Camera Tickets
Red light camera tickets are the bane of every driver’s existence. Do you stop short on a wet road and risk a fender-bender, or do you continue through the intersection when it’s yellow and risk a red light ticket? Not to mention the number of situations that can’t possibly be avoided, like getting stuck in an intersection after an ambulance turns the light red.
Once you see that blinding flash of the camera, you dread the ticket that will soon be arriving in your mailbox. Some drivers get a ticket when the light was still yellow, or if they legally ran the red light, such as making a legal right on red. And these tickets aren’t cheap, sometimes running $400 each.
You may be tempted to ignore the ticket, but that can backfire on you, landing you an extra $300 fine on top of the cost of the ticket. And you can’t run from it forever – if you catch another regular ticket down the line, the court will see the outstanding red light camera ticket and will force you to pay it. You may also be denied forgiveness for the second ticket if the court sees that you ignored the first.
At the Simmrin Law Group, we get it. These tickets are not only unfair but also often inaccurate. Don’t ignore the ticket and risk greater consequences down the line. Show up in court immediately to fight it, or let an experienced attorney handle the situation for you.
Speeding tickets range from manageable to disastrous. For the smaller ones, you can either fight them on your own, or pay the fine and move on. However, some tickets can cost you hundreds of dollars, in addition to points on your license. And, depending on the ticket, you may be facing an immediate suspension of your license with just the one ticket.
In those situations, you may want to consider hiring an attorney to represent you. In some cases an attorney can fight the whole thing for you, and you don’t even need to appear. This means that you don’t have to spend hours of your day in a courtroom when you could have otherwise been working.
A DUI Conviction Can Ruin Your Life. Let Us Help You Fight.
A DUI charge can ruin your life and your career. Our Santa Clarita criminal defense team has a strong track record that the courts respect. We have defended every kind of DUI charge there is in Santa Clarita, and now we want to fight for you!
Call (310) 997-4688 today for a FREE consultation, or fill out the contact form to be connected to one of our knowledgeable attorneys. We can help you understand your next steps with no obligation to retain.