Redlands DUI Attorney
Many DUI arrests begin as a traffic stop for a minor traffic violation. It doesn’t take much – a slight smell of alcohol, red-rimmed eyes, and a few mumbled words – to turn the traffic violation into a drunk-driving arrest. The consequences can be life-changing.
For those arrested and charged in Redlands, a DUI attorney familiar with the San Bernardino County criminal court system can be the difference between jail time and freedom. A skilled DUI lawyer can mean retaining the ability to drive rather than depending on public transportation or the kindness of friends and family.
At Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox LLP, we have the experience necessary and the dedication desired to fight for the rights of those arrested under the suspicion of drunk driving. One of our partners, Stephen Levine, is a Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Defense. This is an honor given to only the top criminal defense attorneys in California. Jon Hegness, of counsel to our law firm, practiced for 33 years as deputy district attorney with San Bernardino County.
Reducing — Or Avoiding — Jail Time
When they have been arrested for drunk driving, one of the most common questions our clients ask is, “Will I go to jail?” The answer is different for everyone, depending on circumstances and their prior criminal record.
While we cannot always predict the future, we can tell you that our job is to make your experience through the legal system as painless as possible. Whether that means having charges reduced or dropped, or having you completely exonerated by a fair jury trial, our skilled attorneys are working for you.
Enlist an Experienced DUI Lawyer in Redlands
For those who have never been arrested for drunk driving previously, it may come as a surprise that there are two aspects of the DUI arrest. The criminal charge would typically be processed through the San Bernardino County court system, whereas the driver’s license consequences would be handled by the Department of Motor Vehicles.
These two aspects of the arrest must both be attended to with haste. The DMV allows just 10 days to request an administrative hearing, so it is imperative the deadline is not missed. The criminal charge could depend upon the results of any sobriety tests and how the prosecutor chooses to proceed, based on many factors.
Experience matters because both aspects of the DUI arrest must be handled at the same time. Staying out of jail is not as rewarding if you’ve lost your ability to drive a car. And it does not help to be able to drive a car if you must spend six months in jail. At Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox LLP, our Redlands DUI lawyers understand the importance of tackling the DMV and criminal issues at the same time, effectively and without delay.
Keeping Your Driver’s License — Fighting License Suspension
When you have been arrested for DUI in Redlands, you have only 10 days to save your license from suspension or revocation. The drunk driving defense attorneys at Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox LLP can help. We regularly and successfully represent clients at administrative hearings, including DMV hearings.
Potential DUI Consequences
In California, the laws are:
- Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) limit: 0.08 percent
- BAC limit for those not yet 21 years of age: 0.01 percent
- BAC limit for aggravated DUI (enhanced penalty): 0.15 percent and 0.20 percent
- 1st offense – 6 months county jail, 6 month license suspension
- 2nd offense (within 10 years) – 1 year county jail and 2 year license suspension
- 3rd offense (within 10 years) – 1 year county jail and 3 year license revocation
- 4th offense (within 10 years) – 1 year county jail or 3 years state prison and 5 years license revocation
Additional consequences of a DUI conviction include: mandatory alcohol education, assessment and treatment; potential vehicle confiscation; driver’s license suspension or revocation; and ignition interlock device.
If this sounds frightening, it’s because it is frightening to most people. In the hands of a capable and experienced Redlands DUI lawyer, however, those consequences may be avoided altogether. Of course each outcome will depend upon the facts of the case; however, it is certainly a good idea to have experience on your side when facing these potential dire consequences.
Contact Our Redlands DUI Lawyers
Time is of the essence. If you have been arrested under suspicion of or have been charged with drunk driving, please contact our Redlands DUI lawyers at 909-798-3300 for a free initial consultation.