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DUI frequently asked questions

If you’ve been pulled over and arrested for drunk driving, you’re going to have a lot of questions related to the actual arrest and what comes next.  In Palm Springs, or anywhere throughout California, you’re going to want to hire the top drunk driving lawyer you can afford to assist you.  Here are some questions and answers that might come up as you work through your case.

How do I find the best possible DUI attorney?  The best way is by doing your homework and researching their reputation and experience.  Talk to people in the legal profession you may already know.  You should also check to see if the attorney has a 10.0 rating by AVVO from their fellow lawyers.

What will a lawyer cost?  Many factors determine what fees a lawyer will charge.  Reputation, experience and geographic location factor in, as well as whether the case is a misdemeanor or a felony.  Any prior convictions you might have and whether or not expert witnesses are required for your defense.  Fees can vary from as little as $500 up to $15,000 or more depending on the complexity of the case.

What are some of the defenses that can be used?  Defenses to a DUI charge can be complex and limitless depending on the facts of each case.  However, most defenses fall under the broad range of proving probable cause, the reading of Miranda rights, issues with blood-alcohol concentration tests, the validity of field sobriety tests, and the timing of field sobriety tests.

What are DUI penalty enhancements?  If certain facts exist in a case, a defendant may be exposed to enhanced penalties when being charged with drunk driving:  These can include excessive speed, a child in the car , if there was property damage or if someone was injured or killed, or if the defendant was under age at the time of the arrest.

Dale Gribow, Attorney at Law proudly serves Palm Springs and surrounding California communities.

DUI charges can be misdemeanors or felonies

The best way to avoid a DUI charge is not to get behind the wheel and drive after you’ve been drinking.  But sometimes, we have lapses in judgment and find ourselves in trouble with the law.  In the case of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the charges can go from serious when charged with a misdemeanor, to life changing when charged with a felony.

There are several instances when a DUI misdemeanor can turn into a felony charge.  Here are some of the more common reasons.

Driving under the influence that results in an accident that produces bodily harm.  The repercussions from drinking and driving become much more serious when you cause an accident that results in injuries or death to another person.  A prosecutor must prove that the drunk driver is the party who caused the accident or the charges will probably remain as a misdemeanor.

You drink and drive with a minor as a passenger.  The act of driving drunk while responsible for children in the vehicle will produce a strong response from the legal system against you.

You have been arrested and convicted of DUI several times. In Palm Springs, and throughout California, these are known as priorable offenses.  When priorable offenses occur, penalties become harsher every time you are convicted of the same charge.  With DUI charges, there’s a strong chance you will be charged with a felony if you have been convicted of the same offense three or more times in the past 10 years.

Any kind of previous felony DUI conviction will result in another felony charge if you are charged again.  With a previous felony conviction, misdemeanor charges can be bumped up to a felony charge.

Dale Gribow, Attorney at Law proudly serves Palm Springs and surrounding California communities.

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