San Diego DUI Lawyer
San Diego DUI lawyer Marc S. Kohnen and his team provide legal services for driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated cases in San Diego. Contacting a DUI attorney law firm as soon as possible is crucial for your future. When someone is arrested for a DUI, two government agencies pursue penalties. This includes the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the District Attorney’s Office. The District Attorney’s Office files the criminal charges in court while the DMV determines the future of your driver’s license.
The Law Office of Marc S. Kohnen has a proven record of success defending DUI charges, and can answer any questions you have regarding the DUI process. The firm represents clients in cases involving:
- Breath & blood tests
- DUI penalties & defenses
- Felony DUI
- Field sobriety tests
- First time DUI
- Multiple DUI
- Roadside stops & checkpoints
- Under 21 DUI
DUI DMV Hearing
Following your arrest, the DMV issues a temporary driver’s license valid for 30 days. The temporary driver’s license states that the driver has the right to contest a license suspension during a hearing with the DMV. The hearing must be scheduled within 10 days after the arrest.
Your driving privilege is valid until its outcome is determined during the hearing. The police report from your arrest can be obtained from the DMV by either you or your lawyer’s request. Having the report prior to the hearing is beneficial to your case. This gives your lawyer a chance to analyze the case and report to find any errors. These steps lessen the chance of license suspension. Our DUI attorney in San Diego knows all the rules of procedure. In addition, with a deep understanding of your case, you are more likely to succeed at your hearings.
DUI Court Hearing
Your court hearing will take place around 30 days following your arrest. Depending on the severity of your crime, and if it is your first offense or not, will determine whether the crime is tried as a felony or as a first offense. Most DUI cases will involve two separate charges. The first being Vehicle Code 23152(a): driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, and Vehicle Code 23152(b), driving with a Blood Alcohol Level of 0.08% or more.
The first charge is simply for drunk driving. This is with or without proof of the blood alcohol level. In some cases, the district attorney may choose to press charges based on other facts such as poor performance on the sobriety tests or bad driving even if the blood alcohol level is below 0.08%. The second charge is based strictly on the blood alcohol level. This charge applies if the alcohol level was 0.08% or higher during the time of driving.
Why You Need a DWI Attorney
Handling this case without an experienced DUI lawyer can lead to fines, jail time, and loss of driver’s license. Our team will make sure you were arrested following protocol and that all evidence was collected legally. Without a lawyer, your penalties can be more severe than they need to be.
Contact Our Law Firm in San Diego For DUI Defense
If you or a loved one has been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI), be sure to contact our criminal defense attorney at your first chance. The best strategy for a strong defense is by starting as soon as possible. Drunk driving can lead to loss of driver’s license, fines, and even jail time. Our DWI lawyer in San Diego can help; contact our law firm by calling 619-398-2500 or by filling out our contact form on our Contact Page for your free case evaluation. We are ready to fight for you as your criminal defense attorney.