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Charged With a DUI?

DUI Attorney in Ventura

Tough and Dedicated Legal Defense for Your DUI Charges

Once the California Highway Patrol (CHP) pulls a suspect over for drunk driving, they often aggressively pursue a conviction from start to finish. The California Vehicle Code § 23152 states that it is unlawful for drivers to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. The legal limit in California is .08% blood alcohol content (BAC).

If the police have cause to believe you are impaired by alcohol, they may test you in order to prove your blood alcohol content is .08%. A conviction for DUI can result in extremely harsh penalties.

Benefits of Hiring a Former DUI Prosecutor

Because California's DUI Laws are extremely strict, it is imperative that you obtain vigorous defense from a Ventura DUI lawyer at Wilfert Law, P.C. Our firm is highly skilled in representing DUI cases and has successfully handled countless cases involving drunk driving. Our legal team is comprised of elite former law enforcement professionals, including a former DUI prosecutor for Ventura County. You may be wondering how this can benefit your case.

Here are a few ways:

  • Firsthand experience with Ventura courts and the criminal process
  • Extensive knowledge of California DUI law
  • Understand the inner workings of the prosecution
  • Unique qualifications as a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE)
  • Highly trained in investigation and trial methods
  • Involved in thousands of DUI cases, from beginning to end

At Wilfert Law, P.C., our Ventura DUI attorneys utilize their former careers to your advantage. When you retain our legal team, we do not hesitate to take swift action and do everything we can to obtain a favorable outcome.

Types of Cases We Handle

Our DUI attorneys in Ventura can fight for your freedom regarding the following types of cases and legal proceedings:

What Should Do After Being Arrested for DUI?

When arrested for a DUI, an individual actually has two cases pending against them. The first case is with the DMV and is related to their suspension of that individual's license. If arrested you have ten (10) days to contact the DMV and request a hearing to stay your suspension. By requesting this hearing, the DMV will appoint a hearing officer to evaluate your arrest and the investigation and provide you or your attorney an opportunity to present evidence. If you contact and retain our office, we will set this hearing immediately. We are professionals at handling this particular type of hearing and can obtain the best possible results. You will not even need to be present for the administrative hearing.

The second case pending against you stemming from your DUI arrest is the criminal prosecution by the District Attorney's Office. It is imperative that you hire your attorney as soon as possible to allow him the opportunity to provide you with the best defense throughout this matter. You must also take steps to preserve any evidence left over from the night of the arrest (receipts, voicemails, etc.).

Have You Been Arrested for DUI in Ventura?

If you have been arrested for a DUI in the state of California, you can face severe punishments that can substantially affect your future. A DUI can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the circumstances. At Wilfert Law, P.C., our Ventura DUI lawyers have the experience necessary to actively pursue a reduction or dismissal of charges.

The Ventura County District Attorney's Office prides itself on being one of the toughest prosecutors of DUI violations in California. The Ventura County Courts have unique policies and procedures for DUI cases that many attorneys, particularly those from other counties, are not familiar with. It is to your benefit to hire an attorney familiar with the courts who practices primarily in DUI defense and has worked with the Ventura District Attorney's Office.

Our firm offers a free case evaluation to people in need of solid defense. In every case we handle, our former police officer, former DUI prosecutor, and former Ventura County deputy district attorney use skills to defend people charged with DUI. We place our clients’ best interests as our highest priority to provide high-quality service.

Contact us today to schedule a FREE case evaluation!

What Should I Expect Regarding the Prosecution?

The first thing that happens following a DUI arrest is as follows. First, you must schedule your DMV hearing within ten days of your arrest. Second, your attorney would appear on your behalf at the first appearance known as the arraignment. If charged with a misdemeanor DUI offense, you will not need to miss work and your attorney can appear for you. Your attorney will obtain discovery (police reports) and should follow up by obtaining critical documents (machine records, blood draw paperwork) related to your chemical test which are not usually provided during the initial appearance.

Your case may be continued again in the arraignment court or set for trial or motion if necessary. Your DMV hearing will typically occur two to three months after you were arrested. As long as a request for a hearing was made within the ten day limit, the suspension of your license will be stayed pending the outcome of your hearing.

Do I Have to Appear in Court?

One of the benefits of hiring an attorney in a misdemeanor DUI case is that your attorney steps into your shoes and exercises your rights. He can and should relieve you of the stress of dealing with it to some degree and be able to appear for you so that you do not miss work.

By picking up the phone and calling us, you can turn your case over to professionals experienced in every aspect of DUI investigation and litigation and have the peace of mind of knowing that the best possible result will be obtained on your behalf.

Is DUI a Misdemeanor?

Most DUIs will be classified as a misdemeanor; however, there are still many strict penalties that can be imposed. This is especially true for repeat offenders. In determining the DUI charges, the prosecutor will consider your any prior convictions and the situation surrounding your DUI.

Is DUI a Felony?

A DUI charge may be classified as a felony in circumstances that are especially serious.

These include the following situations:

  • Someone was seriously injured or killed in the DUI accident
  • The suspect has more than three prior convictions
  • The suspect showed excessive recklessness by driving 20 mph over the speed limit
  • The suspect showed excessive recklessness by driving with a minor under the age of 14
  • The suspect's blood alcohol content was extremely high (over .20%)

If you are facing charges for drunk driving, contact our Ventura DUI lawyer for representation in your case!

DUI Resources

If you have further questions about your DUI, these following resources may be of assistance to you.

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