Bakersfield DUI Attorneys is a criminal defense law firm that helps people charged with DUI offenses in California. Our firm is based in Bakersfield and consists of a team of well-educated and dedicated attorneys.
Our attorneys prove their expertise with every DUI case they handle, from the legal research process to post-trial procedures such as sealing or expunging your DUI records.
We value integrity and ethical practice at our firm, which has helped us earn our colleagues' respect and establish our practice as a Top-Rated DUI defense law firm.
Our team values close collaboration with other team members, clients, and families through each step of the DUI defense process. We treat our clients and their families with confidentiality, respect, and dignity.
Our responsibility is not to pass judgment but to help you explore the legal options available when facing a DUI charge.
Call us at 661-215-5660 today if you or a loved one is facing DUI charges. We will discuss your rights, legal options, matters that need your immediate attention (such as scheduling a DMV hearing), and ways to avoid self-incrimination.
We apply a case-by-case approach to all our cases, examining each case’s circumstances before we advise you on the best approach to your case. All cases are different. Therefore, we cannot give you specific guidance until we learn the specifics of your case.
After the initial evaluation of your case, we develop a defense strategy and mobilize tools and resources to execute that strategy. This approach has worked for our law firm throughout the years, helping us become a reputable DUI defense law firm.
We are a criminal defense law firm primarily focused on all matters related to DUI defense in California. Our practice revolves around helping clients fight DUI charges, defend their licenses, and handle other legal matters related to a DUI like providing professional advice on ignition interlock devices, DUI probation violations, and restoring your driver’s license after a DMV suspension.
We take you through a detailed intake process after you book an appointment with us. During this process, we will have the initial consultation to seek out your case details. You meet the attorneys who will work on your case, and let us know you.
When we work with our clients, we treat each case as a person rather than a DUI defendant. Some of the questions we examine include:
Other than the risk of spending time in jail or having a criminal record, we look at other ways a DUI could affect you. For instance, a DUI has a more negative effect on your life if you are an immigrant. We also look at your career, family ties, education, and the impact a DUI conviction will have on these spheres.
A DUI in California is a priorable offense and could sometimes be charged as a felony. Your previous criminal record will influence the type of defense strategy we develop. For example, if you are a first-time DUI offender, have had a previous good driving record, and a BAC at or less than the legal limit, we can develop a strategy to reduce or drop your charges.
Factors like causing a fatal accident while DUI aggravates your case and could lead to a felony conviction, even for a first-time offender. Other aggravating factors include refusing a DUI chemical test or DUI on a suspended license. We ask about these factors or review them to determine the potential impact on your defense and develop a strategy that accounts for these factors.
We aim at determining whether our firm is the right fit for your case during our initial free consultation. We do not jump to conclusions and accept all the cases that come our way. Instead, we examine your case, your circumstances, your expectations, and the legal area in which your case lies.
Your expectations will determine whether we accept your case. We listen to these expectations then advise you based on the legal possibilities you have.
People who delay seeking an attorney often have a hard time getting helpful legal representation. For example, we cannot handle a DMV hearing if you hire us after the deadline for requesting a DMV hearing elapses without you having requested one.
We are not the only ones asking questions during the initial consultation. We encourage you to ask questions about your case, our law firm, and our results. The initial consultation is a time to get to know each other.
We assign your case to a dedicated in-house attorney with whom you will work throughout the case. We are not in the business of retaining clients and handing them to unknown lawyers.
You need to know to whom you are delegating your interests. Your entire future depends on the skill, expertise, and integrity of your attorney.
Some of the questions you should ask include:
You can add to the list of questions based on your concerns and the circumstances in your case. Raise all the issues you feel might affect the case since we may not be aware of them. All cases are different and require a personalized approach.
In addition to these questions, we encourage you to do your research online about what past clients have to say about their experience working with Bakersfield DUI Attorneys.
DUI is a broad practice area of criminal defense. When you are dealing with the shock of an arrest, it might seem like an ocean of uncertainty. We have chosen DUI matters as our law firm’s focus so that all our attorneys develop expertise and hone their skills in providing excellent services for DUI clients. Here is a breakdown of some of the DUI areas we handle in our firm:
As we have mentioned before, our primary focus is on DUI defense. We work together with our clients to determine the needs of their case then develop a defense strategy that meets their needs.
DUI defense requires thorough preparation, an art that our attorneys have perfected through years of studying and practicing DUI law in California.
Our process involves the initial intake, where we learn more about your case, your expectations, and your circumstances.
Once we accept your case, we will explain the DUI process and our role at each step of that process. We will also explain each circumstance in your case, the defense possibilities it presents as well as the complications it raises for your case.
The first step we take you through is the DUI arraignment, which happens soon after your arrest. At this stage, you should take a plea as either guilty, not guilty, or no contest.
The plea you take will depend on your expectations. You should plead not guilty if you intend to challenge the DUI charges and "Guilty" or "No contest" if you do not wish to challenge the charges.
Before the arraignment, we will explain the proceedings and your rights. With such information, we help our clients navigate the arraignment process without the confusion and frustration in those situations.
If you take a ‘not guilty’ plea, the defense process officially begins. The prosecution will work on its end to secure a conviction, while we will defend you against the charges you are facing.
The first step we take is to request the evidence the prosecution has against you, including the test results and the police report.
We will examine these details, witness testimony, and conduct our investigations to determine whether the police report is an accurate representation of the alleged offense.
Our investigations also cover any violations of your rights during the DUI investigation and arrest process. Law enforcement often engages in misconduct, which might affect the validity of the evidence.
For example, if the police racially profiled you during a DUI stop, it becomes an illegal stop, and you cannot be convicted based on evidence collected from an illegal stop.
Other violations we investigate include violations of breath and chemical test procedures. These violations, such as storing your blood sample in the wrong temperatures, could affect the accuracy of your results, hence the basis of the charges against you.
Cases are not always clear-cut. Each case presents its unique opportunities and challenges for both the defense and the prosecution. Our goal as a criminal defense law firm is to utilize the opportunities to your advantage.
Some of the common defenses we can use in fighting DUI charges against you include:
Unlike what you have seen in the movies, we will not head to trial immediately after the arraignment. We go through pretrial motions and negotiations, which is where most cases are resolved or simplified.
The prosecution and your defense team will go through a series of negotiations to:
We keep you informed and involved throughout the process to ensure that you know your rights and legal options. We do not make decisions on your behalf without consulting you first.
We also advise you on the benefits and disadvantages of every outcome in your case to ascertain that you understand each decision’s implications.
Throughout the pretrial process, we ensure that your defense team is ready for any eventuality, especially if your case proceeds to trial. Trials are usually lengthy, time-consuming, and uncertain in terms of their outcome.
We understand that preparation is critical to the outcome of the case if the case goes to trial. We are always ready for the eventuality, and our attorneys have a proven track record in handling their cases during a trial.
We will prepare you on what to expect, including the cross-examination, educating you on ways to avoid self-incrimination. We will share the defense strategy with you to be on the same page and read from the same script. Our goal is to ensure that you understand the common tactics prosecution uses to win their cases and understand what you can do to win yours.
The outcome of a case is never certain, and it would be unethical for us to tell you that you will not be convicted. We can promise dedication to your case to get the best possible result that the circumstances allow. We leave no stone unturned when preparing and presenting a defense on your behalf.
Suspension of your driver’s license is the first consequence of a DUI. The DMV maintains driving records in California and suspends your license if you are arrested for a DUI offense. The arresting officer usually gives you a temporary license, which lasts 30 days from the arrest date.
Once the thirty-day period ends, you lose your driving privileges for a period dependent on your prior DUI record.
However, you can challenge the suspension by requesting a DMV hearing soon after your arrest. By requesting a DMV hearing, the DMV delays the suspension of your driver’s license until the end of the administrative hearing. We help our clients request this hearing within ten days of their arrest.
Whether you have requested a DMV hearing is one of the issues we discuss during your initial consultation. We ask this so that we can request the hearing if we accept your case.
We will also gather the relevant evidence to present during your DMV hearing. The DMV hearing and your criminal case are two different procedures, but both are important.
Our attorneys take advantage of these hearings to question police officers, learning the circumstances of the DUI investigation (at the DUI stop), the arrest, and the post-arrest procedures the officer followed. These critical details help your case during the pretrial and trial stages.
A DUI remains on your record for ten years, which is a long time to have a criminal record compromise your education, employment, and licensing opportunities. Fortunately, you can expunge your DUI records to minimize a DUI conviction’s effect on your professional licensing and career.
We help clients with DUI expungement by reviewing their cases to determine whether they qualify for a conviction.
During the defense process, we focus our defense strategy on minimizing as much damage as possible in case of a conviction, for instance, by getting charges reduced to lesser offenses, making the expungement process manageable for our clients.
If you qualify for an expungement, we will help you file the relevant forms and make court appearances. As with most legal procedures, filing your paperwork correctly makes it easier and cheaper to complete the expungement process, which is why we encourage our clients to work with an attorney.
You never get a second chance to correct the mistakes you make with your DUI defense. Attorneys at Bakersfield DUI Attorneys understand how crucial it is to get our defense right the first time.
We value the trust clients place in us by hiring us for their defense. Therefore, we work to deliver for every client.
Our mission is to ensure that we dedicate our resources, expertise, and knowledge in every case, giving it the best possible chance.
This means that we will not rush to pick a case before we understand what it involves. Our attorneys value patience in evaluating every case and making the best possible decision for our clients.
Our focus is on building a clientele base and ensuring that our clients receive humane treatment at our offices. We maintain open and respectful communication with our clients, taking time to understand their situation, concerns, and interests.
We will not keep you waiting for hours to get a response from us. We make ourselves as available to our clients as humanly possible.
The receptionists at our offices are trained to handle clients who come seeking information and direction regarding their DUI criminal cases. Our attorneys also take time to simplify complex legal concepts to ensure you understand your charges, the court process, and developments in your case.
We also appreciate the confusion and frustration most people experience when faced with a criminal charge. Therefore, our staff patiently answers your questions to help you find clarity and peace amidst the confusion.
We will not rush you through the intake process, allowing you instead to discuss all your concerns with us regarding your case.
We have also developed reliable relationships with reputable firms, including bail companies and DMV offices, to help us serve you better.
Reach out if you have questions about your DUI case.
When you are arrested for a DUI, you have many questions you want to ask to ease your confusion and frustration. Here are the most frequently asked DUI questions:"
You commit a DUI offense in California if you drive with a blood alcohol concentration higher than 0.8% for regular drivers and 0.4% for commercial drivers.
You could also be charged with a DUI offense if you drive while intoxicated with drugs (DUID). DUI offenses in California attract serious penalties and a prolonged criminal record. California is also intolerant of underage drunk driving (by drivers under 21 years).
A DUI charge is a serious charge in California due to the grave impact drunk driving has on road safety. Drunk driving is one of the leading causes of injuries and fatalities on California roads, making it a vigorously prosecuted offense.
While DUI offenses are typically misdemeanors, defendants risk spending some time in jail, even if they secure a probation sentence.
Courts can impose jail time even for first-time offenders, particularly when their case has aggravating factors such as a high BAC content, chemical test refusals, and causing injuries or death.
Some DUI offenses are felonies, particularly if you have accumulated three prior offenses on your record, meaning that you are more likely to receive a harsher sentence, including some incarceration.
Yes. Most people facing criminal charges delay hiring a defense attorney, which is one of the mistakes that cost them a lot in their defense.
The constitution gives you a right to have legal representation, and the court will provide you a public defender if you cannot afford a private attorney.
You go to an attorney when facing criminal charges, in the same way, you visit a dentist when you have a dental problem. Attorneys have the education and experience that allows them to defend your rights and fight the charges you are facing.
Working with an attorney on your DUI case makes it easier to navigate the court system, which is a complicated procedure.
In addition, statistics show that people with an attorney representing them have better chances of a favorable outcome than those who represent themselves.
Now that you understand why you need an attorney, the next logical question is how and where to find the right DUI attorney for your case.
Hiring an attorney can sometimes become a chore by itself, especially when you do not know what to look for or where to look.
An excellent place to start looking for an attorney is through recommendations from your friends, relatives, and co-workers who have worked with attorneys before. You could also ask another attorney you have worked with for a recommendation.
You can also search online for DUI attorneys in Bakersfield to find listed law firms near you. Check their reviews and recommendations from former clients and other attorneys who know the law firm's reputation.
A good idea is to have a list of attorneys you would love to work with, then approaching each law firm.
It is never a good idea to settle on the first business you meet. Therefore, take time to evaluate each attorney through an in-person visit. Visit their offices, examine their customer service, and experience in handling DUI matters similar to yours.
While you might find several DUI law firms offering the same services, you need to ensure that you choose a law firm you can see yourself working with for the next several months.
Other considerations to make before hiring a DUI attorney include:
A DUI in California is a costly affair. The costs related to DUI offenses begin accumulating from the time you are arrested. The first costs you pay are usually to bail you out of custody before your arraignment, or your criminal case begins.
The bail cost will depend on whether the offense is a misdemeanor or a felony, and they typically start at $2500 and can go as high as $100,000.
If you are convicted, you have to pay fines, which could be as high as $5,000 for a felony offense. The court also requires you to pay restitution to people who could have been injured or their property damaged due to an accident you cause while driving drunk.
You might have to pay victim restitution costs because of a civil lawsuit for injuring or killing another person. The amount you pay will depend on the extent of damage the victim suffers. The court also imposes a 10% annual interest fee on restitution amounts you fail to pay.
If the court orders you to attend a DUI class, you have additional costs to cover to pay for these classes. The costs for a DUI class could range from $270 to $3000 depending on the duration of the classes.
Other DUI-related fees include license reinstatement fees, DUI insurance fees, and legal fees if you hire an attorney to represent you. In addition, if you lose your driving privileges, you have to organize for alternative transportation or install an IID (which requires regular maintenance fees).
Your auto insurance company is also likely to raise your insurance premiums when your policy comes up for renewal since they will consider you a high-risk client.