Jail time, fines, probation, driver's license suspension and DUI offender school/programs are just a few of the penalties you may face if convicted on charges of driving under the influence. Marin DUI attorney Matt Sullivan has the experience, skill and aggressive approach necessary to successfully defend those charged with driving under the influence. While the outcome of your case depends on other factors and your particular circumstances, much of it depends on the Marin DUI lawyer you choose to represent you.
It makes no difference whether you are innocent or believe you may have broken the law, you still need a capable attorney. You might assume that if you have broken the law, that your punishment is a simple matter to resolve. However, this assumption is not true; until proven guilty, you are innocent and your legal rights must be protected. An experienced Marin DUI attorney will use his knowledge, skill, experience and in-depth understanding of the DUI laws to protect his client's reputation, freedom and future. Even if you believe you have broken the law, it is important to hire a Marin DUI attorney to help you negotiate the best possible resolution of your case.
How can a lawyer possibly defend a client who is charged with driving under the influence? There are many defenses a Marin DUI lawyer may use in defending his client depending on the situation. Seasoned attorneys also know that police make mistakes, evidence is often not permissible in court, and that innocent individuals face serious consequences every day. This is why is it essential that you obtain the services of a trusted Marin DUI attorney if you have been arrested for what is now considered a serious criminal offense. The machines used to test your blood alcohol level are notoriously unreliable. Every year, there are newspaper stories about hundreds of cases being thrown out due to testing errors. Often machines malfunction or are not maintained properly. A false reading can lead to a false conviction. You need a competent Marin DUI lawyer to help you from being falsely convicted.
The penalties you face if convicted hinge on several factors, including whether it is your first or a subsequent offense, whether an accident occurred resulting in injury, whether you may have been speeding or driving in a reckless manner, etc. Regardless of the aggravating factors, you must have a Marin DUI lawyer on your side who is effective and provides solid legal guidance and representation. If convicted, you will likely face fines, jail time, suspension of your driver's license, a criminal record that will affect your career and employment opportunities, and more.
Matt Sullivan is a talented Marin DUI attorney who will challenge your arrest using all of his skill and experience. Did police have reasonable suspicion to pull you over? Were breath/blood tests administered and handled properly, and are results reliable? Was a search performed without a warrant? These are just a few examples of questions that will be asked.
If you have been charged with driving under the influence, do not offer information or answer questions posed by police. Contact the Law Office of Matt Sullivan when you are in need of a Marin DUI lawyer who will give your case the individual attention, dedication, and aggressive approach needed to seek to obtain the best possible outcome in your case.
What should I expect to happen in my Marin DUI case?
What happens with your case is ultimately up to you. You decide, based on consultation with your attorney whether you plead no contest or take your case to trial. Attorney Sullivan has taken many DUI cases to trial in Marin County and obtained successful results so he is able to give you a realistic assessment of your chances at trial. If you do decide to go trial, the lead up to trial will likely include the filing of motions to contest the evidence against, including a motion to suppress, and possibly a motion to compel discovery.
If you elect to enter a plea of no contest, hiring an attorney is still important. An attorney can make sure you obtain the best possible resolution in your case.
If you simply want to know what will happen if you plead guilty or no contest to a DUI—read below:
First DUI: A fine of approximately $2000.00 total, likely between 2-15 days jail, can be served on the sheriff’s work program/street cleaning, up to 3 years court probation, a DUI School, between 15 weeks and 9 months. If your blood alcohol content is above a .15 the prosecutor will likely seek a 9 month DUI school. License Suspension: Up to 6 months, 30 days in which you will not be able to drive. May include court ordered AA meetings.
A fine of approximately $2000.00, 15 days sheriff’s work program, 5 days must be in actual custody at the Marin County Jail, 3 years court probation, an 18 month DUI school, the California DMV will also suspend your driving privilege for 2 years as a result of your conviction. You may be able to apply for a restricted driving privilege after 90 days with an ignition interlock installation.
A fine of approximately $2000.00, up to 150 days jail, this can possibly be served on home detention if the Marin County Sheriff approves you for home detention, multi-year driver’s license suspension, multiple offender DUI program, treatment, and extended probation. Alcohol treatment likely required.
This will be charged as a felony in Marin County and throughout California and the consequences will be much more serious and will be dependent on your prior record, specifically, prior DUI record. A felony DUI requires 3 prior DUIs within 10 years. It carries a state prison exposure of 16 months/24 months/36 months.
Can be charged as a felony or a misdemeanor in Marin County. Whether it is charged as a felony or a misdemeanor is dependent on the extent of injury to the other party.
Disclaimer: The criminal defense, drunk driving, DUI, felony, misdemeanor, white collar crime, domestic violence, sex crime, DWI, juvenile crime, federal offense or other criminal defense information presented on this site should not be construed to be formal legal advice, nor the formation of a lawyer or attorney client relationship. Any results portrayed here were dependent on the facts of a particular legal matter and results vary from case to case. Please contact Matt A. Sullivan for a consultation on your particular California criminal defense case.