Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is one of the most commonly committed crimes in Monterey County. Unfortunately, because this crime is so common, many people make the mistake of taking their DUI arrests lightly instead of seeking appropriate legal representation. Our local courts have compounded this problem by creating a specialty arraignment court where, at least on a misdemeanor level, you will be pressured into “resolving” your DUI case at the first court appearance, without anyone properly examining your case and potential defenses, or getting to knowing and understanding your individual circumstances to correctly advise you of both direct and collateral consequences of your plea.
At the Law Offices of William V. Pernik, we believe that no one should plead guilty to any criminal charge without first getting sound legal advice. It is especially true when it comes to a charge like DUI, where just the monetary cost of your conviction, including court fines and assessments, DMV fees, increased insurance rates, and probation compliance costs (such as classes and interlock device) could easily exceed $10,000.
In addition, you could end up facing jail time, loss of driving privilege, and a lengthy 5-year probation with requirements to attend and complete classes and install an interlock device on any car you own or operate. If you are not a U.S. citizen, depending on your individual circumstances and complete criminal record, it could also have adverse immigration consequences or affect your eligibility for deportation relief programs, such as the Dream Act.
DUI convictions are also priorable. That means that the punishment for your DUI offense will be increased, if you have 1 or more prior convictions in the last 10 years. If you have 3 or more prior convictions, or if your DUI caused an injury to any person (including your passenger), you may be charged with a felony and face up to 3 years in state prison. If the injury sustained by the victim qualifies as a “great bodily injury” under the law, your offense will be deemed a violent felony, and considered a “strike” under California law, carrying serious future consequences.
If you have been arrested or charged with a DUI in Monterey County, call Law Offices of William V. Pernik right away to get legal help. We have handled hundreds of DUI cases, and have the experience and knowledge necessary to defend you even against the most serious DUI charges, such as those involving accidents, serious bodily injuries, and death. We can also assist you with navigating the confusing bureaucracy of the DMV, and will represent you at the DMV hearing at no additional charge.
When you partner with us for your DUI defense, you will receive personalized attention to every detail of your case and a thorough review of every piece of evidence gathered by the government. Through our years of experience of defending DUI cases, we know how to identify and challenge illegal police actions, such as invalid traffic stops, unconsented blood draws, or failures to advise you of your rights, to name a few. We routinely consult with leading experts in forensic toxicology, endocrinology, emergency medicine, and accident reconstruction, and use only trusted and dependable investigators to assist us in locating and interviewing witnesses and gathering evidence you will need to present in court.
Based on our research and investigation, we determine what potential defenses may apply in your case, whether it is attacking improper police investigation, the flawed science behind the test, testimony of biased and unreliable witnesses, or, in some cases, explaining to the jury that you have acted out of legal necessity, such as in an emergency situation.
Even if we cannot win the case outright, we are often able to negotiate lesser charges, help you obtain sentencing alternatives to jail (such as home confinement or work program), and in complex felony cases make the most powerful presentation possible to help you get felony probation and a much needed drug or alcohol treatment program, if applicable.
At Law Offices of William V. Pernik, we truly believe that good people can make mistakes. Don’t let your mistake ruin your life - call our office today to schedule your initial consultation and learn what can be done to help you with your legal problem.
Law Offices of William V. Pernik serves the entire Monterey County, including the cities of Salinas, Marina, Monterey, Carmel, and Pacific Grove, and accepts cases from nearby counties of Santa Cruz and San Benito. Upon request, we also take selected cases from the San Francisco Bay Area.
Please contact Law Offices of William V. Pernik for a free and confidential consultation. Experienced representation is just a phone call away.
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