Find the Best DUI and DWI Attorneys

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    Law Offices of James Dunn

     620 Jefferson Ave
    Redwood City, California 94063
    United States

    Practice Overview:

    DUI and Criminal Defense Attorneys with offices in Redwood City, San Jose, Palo Alto and Dublin.

    Review:

    "I wanted to give James Dunn the credit he deserves. I’m a free man—no legal issues thanks to James Dunn. I’ll be forever indebted to you. Thank you for your legal service and advice your expertise and your genius. Thank you for getting me free of the entanglements I was having with the legal system."

    "If you want to WIN, this is the guy. Jim never gave up on my case and kept fighting for me even after I was ready to give up."

  • Tim Sopinski

     33 W 4th St suite 1
    Fremont, Nebraska 68025
    United States

    Criminal Defense Lawyer in Nebraska. I guide and defend people and their families through the dark days of legal trouble.At Sopinski Law, we know what it feels like to have your world crashing down. We’ve helped hundreds of good people get through it and helped them get their lives back on track.

  • The Wagner Law Firm

     55 Meridian Pkwy, #102
    Martinsburg, West Virginia 25401
    United States

    The only law firm in West Virginia focused exclusively on DUI defense. The Wagner Law Firm has the experience and passion to represent those accused of driving under the influence. Founding attorney Harley Wagner has represented over 3,000 clients and has completed over 800 hours of DUI training.

  • Milios Defense

     1325 4th Avenue
    seattle, Washington 98101
    United States

    The attorneys at Milios Defense dedicate 100% of their individual practices to the defense of persons charged with a crime. Most of that time is spent representing people who have been accused of a DUI in Washington. Tim Milios has been in practice since 1993. Over that time he has represented over a thousand people charged with DUI and other criminal traffic matters in Washington. Since 1996 his practice has focused on DUI and criminal traffic offenses.

  • WeingartFirms

     Arizona
    Young, Arizona 85554
    United States

    At Mark Weingart’s distinguished firm, we set the standard for unmatched defense against criminal charges. Our expertise encompasses a broad spectrum, ranging from handling violent crimes to navigating drug-related offenses. With a deep-rooted commitment to your legal protection, our team employs a strategic and thorough approach that is second to none. When your freedom and future are at stake, you can rely on us to provide unwavering support and guidance.

  • San Diego DUI Attorney

     750 B St #2520
    San Diego, California 92101
    United States

    Website: https://www.sdduiattorneylawfirm.com/ Over the years, the attorneys at San Diego DUI Attorney have provided exceptional DUI and criminal defense services to our clients. Our attorneys have successfully navigated complex criminal cases and have established an exemplary track record. We are well respected in the courtroom by judges, prosecutors, and other legal professionals in San Diego, North County San Diego, and all of the surrounding areas.

  • San Luis Obispo DUI Attorneys

     864 Osos St #C
    San Luis Obispo, California 93401
    United States

    Website: https://www.sanluisobispoduiattorneys.com/ Are you looking for a qualified DUI defense lawyer to help you with your case in San Luis Obispo, CA? At San Luis Obispo DUI Attorneys, we can assist you in navigating the complicated criminal court system and DMV hearing process. Like any other crime, you are innocent until proven guilty if arrested for DUI, so do not panic and rush into admitting guilt.

  • Thrush Law Group

     4011 East Broadway Boulevard, UNIT 101
    Tucson, Arizona 85711
    United States

    Phone: 5203273442

    For over 20 years, Thrush Law Group has been recognized as one of the top law firms in the Southwest. A local Tucson law firm that specializes in family law, divorce law, criminal defense, DUI Defense and personal injury cases, we believe your decision to hire a law firm is critical in protecting yourself and your family. We will do our best to fight for your best interests. We are available by phone 24/7 in the event you require our advice after hours.

  • Nicholson & Eastin, LLP

     1330 SE 4th Ave
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316
    United States

    We are a health care regulatory and white collar criminal defense law firm, At Nicholson & Eastin, LLP we focus our attention on representing health care businesses, health care providers and other licensed professionals. Our attorneys focus on the health care community with a wide range of health law, health care regulatory and white-collar criminal defense matters. Our health-care attorneys have negotiated and fought on behalf of our clients in hundreds of cases, our Nicholson & Eastin Florida

  • Law Offices of Bartholomew Baffuto

     609 Main St
    Toms River, New Jersey 08753
    United States

    The Law Offices of Bartholomew Baffuto is a premier criminal defense law firm in New Jersey. Our experienced and knowledgeable attorneys provide aggressive representation in all criminal defense matters, including DUI, domestic violence, and other serious criminal offenses. We are committed to providing the best criminal defense services in the state of New Jersey and strive to ensure our clients get the best result possible. Whether you are facing criminal charges or need legal representation f

  • San Luis Obispo DUI Attorneys

     864 Osos St #C
    San Luis Obispo, California 93401
    United States

    Website: https://www.sanluisobispoduiattorneys.com/ Are you looking for a qualified DUI defense lawyer to help you with your case in San Luis Obispo, CA? At San Luis Obispo DUI Attorneys, we can assist you in navigating the complicated criminal court system and DMV hearing process. Like any other crime, you are innocent until proven guilty if arrested for DUI, so do not panic and rush into admitting guilt.

  • Churchill DUI Defense | Attorney at Law

     9101 N Harlan St Suite 325
    Westminster, Colorado 80031
    United States

    Kevin Churchill has over 2 decades of experience providing DUI and DMV hearing defense representation in all Denver metro area courts. Kevin Churchill offers experienced defense for all DUI related charges, as well as all criminal charges related to the DUI case, including felony drug possession, domestic violence, and assault.

  • Sarah Wilkinson

     506 Franklin Ave
    Waco, Texas 76701
    United States

    At The Greening Regulation Gathering, we accept that everybody merits another opportunity. That is the reason we make a solid effort to battle your crook allegations in Texas to shield you from robust punishments. When had to deal with criminal penalties, you want the help of our felonies legal counselor to protect your freedoms and battle for an ideal case result. Have you been captured for burglary, abusive behavior at home, or medication wrongdoings in Waco, TX, or School Station, TX?

  • Hibbeler & Associates

     136 Franklin St Suite 200
    Clarksville, Tennessee 37040
    United States

    All through Clarksville, clients know us as genuine contenders for criminal safeguard cases. The law enforcement framework can appear to be uneven and shifted against the charged. With our solid protectors remaining before you, a splendid future can be in your grip once more – whether you have been accused of medication wrongdoings, DUI, rape, or numerous different kinds of criminal infringement.

  • Beeman Heifner Benge P.A.

     3737 S Scatterfield Rd #200
    Anderson, Indiana 46013
    United States

    When you’re fighting for your freedom, your future or your estate, you need a law firm with the experience and drive to win. Beeman Heifner Benge P.A. has been successfully defending clients in criminal defense, personal injury and estate planning cases for decades. Beeman Heifner Benge P.A. 3737 S Scatterfield Rd #200, Anderson, IN 46013 (765) 393-2468 https://www.bhblawgroup.com/

  • Mark Montanaro

     274 Madison Ave # 2
    New York, New York 10016
    United States

    MontanaroLaw P.C. understands that your legal needs are varied and always changing. One day you may need assistance with the probate system in order to gain access to your inheritance. The next day sees you get into an accident where you suffer a serious personal injury, and that gives you the push you need to finally get your own estate in order.

  • The Greening Law Group

     1105 University Dr E #104
    College Station, TX 77840
    United States

    At Greening Regulation, PC, We Offer Energetic, Savvy Support That Might Have the option To Safeguard You From Unjustifiable Punishments And Illegitimate Convictions. Our Establishing Lawyer, Craig Greening Has Dealt with DWI And Crime Cases From The two Sides Of The Court. He Presents To Each Case His Powerful Lawful Support And His Faithful Quest for The Most ideal Result.

  • Chad Piotrowski

     515 N Flagler Dr Suite P-300
    west palm beach, Florida 33401
    United States

    Piotrowski Law also represents clients in the Miami area who are charged with weapons violations, drug crimes, traffic violations, driving under the influence (DUI), and federal white-collar crimes including bank fraud and money laundering. If your child is in trouble with the law, you should contact a Miami juvenile defense attorney at Piotrowski Law as quickly as possible.

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What does a DUI or DWI Attorney do?

Drunk driving charges often carry different vocabulary in different places. Some states call the charge a DWI (driving while intoxicated), an OVI (Operating a vehicle while intoxicated) and the most well-known, the DUI (Driving under the influence). All of these terms mean substantially the same thing, a person was stopped or apprehended while driving car when they are intoxicated or under the influence of a drug. There is much more to the charge but like any large section of the law, it's best to start at the basic level and expand from there.

When Can a Person be Arrested for DUI?

There are a couple of things that have to occur first before a person is stopped and subsequently arrested on suspicion of drunk driving.  There is plenty of information and legal standards that have to be met.

The consequence of a DUI conviction can be very severe. For instance, a simple first-time DUI charge can result in the temporary suspension of a driver's license and, depending on the circumstances, the possibility of jail-time. If a person is arrested for DUI and another driver or passenger, or pedestrian was severely injured or killed, it is possible that the DUI charge could turn into a significantly more severe charge like felony DUI or manslaughter

The most common facts known about DUIs deal with the minimum blood alcohol level (BAC), field sobriety tests and license suspension. Blood alcohol can simply be explained by it being the amount of alcohol contained in your body at any given time.

So how many drinks does it take to exceed the .08 limit? Again, the answer depends on a couple of factors. Everyone metabolizes alcohol in a different matter and with the multitude of different body sizes, so anything that tells you that you can have a certain amount of drinks before you get to the limit could be horribly wrong.

Field sobriety tests are often discussed as they are a means utilized in traffic stops by police to determine whether a person is drunk. The classic ones are walking in a straight line or reciting the alphabet forwards and backwards.  Usually some variation of the aforementioned is used. The last facet of DUI that most people are aware of is the potential penalties like temporarily having your license suspended. Quite often, if a driver is arrested for DUI, their license is then immediately suspended pending further action.

A DUI attorney, or more generally, a defense attorney can assist with every facet of the DUI charge. First, the attorney can analyze the blood alcohol information or the testing mechanism, usually a Breathalyzer, to ensure the method or test use was proper under the law.

The DUI attorney may examine whether the breathalyzer was in working condition or was calibrated accurately. Second, a DUI attorney will also make sure that the field sobriety rendered to the individual was fairly and properly conducted. For instance, there are people, who for many reasons not related to drunkenness, which may have a hard time walking in a straight line or reciting the alphabet backwards. A person’s disabilities may prevent passing these tests.

Also, an attorney can help with the suspension of a license. Often, some jurisdictions DMV hold a separate hearing to determine whether a driver’s license needs to be revoked. Having an attorney argue that the driver needs a license to go to work and carry out daily activities can be a big help.

When would l need a DUI Attorney?

You would need a DUI attorney any time you have been arrested for drunk driving or driving under the influence of a controlled substance. You have a right to have an attorney as soon as you have been arrested. You would also need an attorney if you were involved in a car accident that occurs after you have consumed alcohol as the other party is likely to claim that you were intoxicated while driving.

If you happen to be repeat offender, it is of utmost importance that you have an attorney as many jurisdictions escalate the punishment for repeat offenders. It’s important that you have a legal representation that lets you know just what your rights are and why multiple DUI’s can complicate your situation. You may have heard of situations where it’s not necessary to have an attorney if it’s your first DUI case. That’s a dangerous assumption to make. You are not likely to be treated in the same manner as a practicing DUI attorney, of whom the prosecutor has probably dealt with before.

There are also a lot of requirements and deadlines that need to be met in order to see the case through. Most people’s daily lives are already filled with many things so it may be a difficult thing to keep track of.  Keep in mind that missing a court date could severely damage your case. Moreover, when it may be time to negotiate a plea; do you really know what type of plea bargain you can ask for? It could be the difference in fines, jail time or probation, so you may want to not take any chances and speak to an attorney.

Lastly, keep in mind that it may be possible for a DUI conviction to be expunged or removed from your record one day. The process, if available, can be very specific and is not likely something you want to miss out on simply because you did not have an attorney attempt it.

Signs you need to speak to a DUI Attorney

  • You have been arrested on suspicion of DUI
  • You have severely injured a person in a car accident where you previously have had drinks
  • You have had your licensed temporarily suspended due to a DUI

How do you choose a DUI Attorney?

You will want to make sure that you find an experienced attorney, first and foremost. Criminal cases often come down to the negotiation between a prosecutor and a defense attorney. Knowledge of the prosecutor and how cases are treated in that area is going to be very important. You will want to seek out an attorney in the area that you are arrested. You will also want to make sure that this attorney has handled as many DUI cases as possible.

Determine Your Needs

This may be the most important part of the process. If you have never been arrested before and this is your first DUI charge, you could have a bit more flexibility. You may even want to go with a court appointed public defender. The public defender route is more favorable than trying to represent yourself. DUI misdemeanor cases are not simple affairs and you don’t want to make a mistake. Nevertheless, affordability may prevent you from obtaining your chosen attorney.

If you injured another or are otherwise charged with a felony DUI, you will need to seek out the best attorney you can afford as felony DUI’s carry with it a significant amount of jail time if convicted. Following the steps below will help you get as much information as you possibly can in order to make the best decision for you.

Research Online

Use the internet and use it wisely. In today’s age of social media and instant feedback, there are plenty of opportunities for you to gain information to an attorney’s abilities, or at least client’s opinions of an attorney’s ability. The information is hidden, you need only look at sites like Martindale-Hubble, Avvo.com and Lawyers.com to see what clients and other attorneys think about a specific attorneys work.

Check the State Bar Association’s Website for any Disciplinary History

Once you have a name or names in mind, search that attorneys name in a bar association web site. There you can find any disciplinary actions that may be pending against the attorney. You may also want to check out ABA newsletters and local defense attorney associations to see the latest news about the industry and what attorneys in that local area are up to.

Schedule an Appointment with a DUI Attorney

Finally, once you have decided on a couple of firms, feel free to schedule consultations with multiple firms and hear what each has to say. Do not be afraid of asking a lot of questions, in fact, you should go prepared with any question you may have. Ask questions about how many cases has the firm handled, ask about their fees and hourly rates and lastly you may want to ask if they will help you with any license suspension issues you may have.