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DUI frequently asked questions

Dale Gribow Sept. 10, 2016

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.