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Salinas DUI Lawyer

Serving Monterey & the Surrounding Counties

Have you or a loved one been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol? If so, you need to take immediate action and seek highly skilled legal representation in order to protect yourself, your rights, and your driving privilege. Alcohol and keys on a table

Our attorneys, Mr. Pernik and Mr. Soltesz, have represented thousands of clients charged with Driving Under Influence of alcohol or drugs. They have obtained many favorable outcomes through both negotiation and trial.

WHAT ARE THE PENALTIES FOR A DUI?

If you arrested for a DUI in California, you could face the following penalties:​​​​​

  • License suspension
  • Vehicle Confiscation
  • Installation of ignition interlock device
  • Jail time
  • Fines

Field Sobriety Tests

If you are pulled over in Salinas for a DUI, the officer is likely going to perform on of the three Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST):

  • Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) test - In this test the officer will observe the eyes of the person in question as they slowly move a pen or small object back and forth to look for indicators in each eye that the person is impaired.
  • Walk-and-turn test - In this test, the officer instructs the person to take nine steps, touching heel-to-toe in a straight line and the return back. The officer looks for signs that you are impaired such as not being able to keep their balance, starting before the instructions are finished or not following the instructions properly.
  • One-leg stand test - In this test, the officer instructs the person to stand with one foot off the ground and hold it for about 30 seconds or until told to put it down. The officer looks for signs that you are impaired such as swaying, hoping or using their arms to balance.

Why Hire a Salinas DUI Attorney

While some law firms only accept simple misdemeanor DUI cases, we possess the necessary skill and experience to defend you in some of the most serious situations, including those where someone has been seriously injured or killed.

We regularly work with forensic toxicologists, accident reconstructionists, and other experts in order to bring you the most qualified defense possible in your case.

After an arrest, it is important that you contact our office at 831.269.5353 and schedule a free case evaluation right away. We serve clients throughout Monterey County from our office in Salinas. We accept cases in Santa Cruz, San Benito, Carmel, and select cases from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

Remember, you only have 10 days from the day of your arrest to request a DMV hearing in order to challenge the suspension action against your driving privilege.

We Will Fight for Your Rights & Driving Privileges

When you choose to work with the Law Offices of William V. Pernik, we will take immediate action to:

  • Begin investigating all areas of your case and send out preservation letters to necessary third parties
  • Challenge any activity that may have violated your rights, including unlawful police actions
  • Determine if your traffic stop was legal, and if not, immediately move to suppress it
  • Investigate the methods used to determine your breath or blood alcohol levels and challenge
  • Discuss your rights and options so you can make informed decisions moving forward

Many people do not know that they can challenge a DUI case and that there are many defenses available to help protect you against serious legal action. With the guidance of our Salinas DUI defense lawyers, you could potentially avoid a jail or prison sentence, mandatory license revocations, and additional penalties under California DUI laws.

Let the Law Offices of William V. Pernik Work with You

Our office is always committed to working with clients and understanding their side of the story. We know that you may have many questions and concerns regarding your future, and we stand ready to help.

Our staff is easily accessible by email, phone, or in-office appointment, and you will always be advised of the status of your case and progress we have made.

For more information on how the Law Offices of William V. Pernik can help you, schedule your free case evaluation with our team. We can be reached online or at (831) 269-5353.

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