At the Law Office of Matt Sullivan we provide clients arrested for driving under the influence in San Mateo County with effective, sound legal guidance and representation. It is critical that you obtain the services of an experienced criminal lawyer when charged with this serious criminal offense. Without legal counsel, you may face serious consequences that can affect many aspects of your life. Even a first offense can change your life; never assume that you should simply accept the punishment, or that you have no choice. Even a first offense can impact a professional license, will show up on a background check, and will result in increased insurance premiums, as well as the criminal penalties and fines.
As a criminal attorney with extensive experience in criminal and DUI cases in San Mateo County, Matt Sullivan is dedicated to providing every client with a personal, dedicated approach. Whether it is your first or a subsequent offense, your freedom, reputation and career may hinge on the outcome. Those convicted face substantial penalties which may include steep fines, jail time, loss of your driving privileges, ignition interlock device restrictions, a permanent criminal record and more. Factors such as an accident with injury caused by drunk driving, reckless driving or child endangerment may also affect the severity of punishment you face.
You may be completely innocent or guilty; however you should not assume that if you are innocent you do not need a capable criminal lawyer. Police and prosecutors will not take your word for it, and will continue forward with the legal process. However, even if you believe that you are guilty it does not mean that you should not hire an attorney. A competent criminal lawyer with experience in DUI cases may be able to negotiate a much better resolution of your case than you would be able to obtain on your own.
Driving under the influence is a criminal offense that is taken very seriously today, much more so than a decade or two ago. If you are a repeat offender and have been convicted on charges of DUI multiple times in the past, you may be sentenced to jail/prison, have your driver's license permanently revoked, and be required to complete a multiple offender program. There may also be sentencing enhancements involved depending on the nature of your case. This is why it is so important that you consult with an attorney right away.
What can a lawyer do to have charges dismissed or reduced? Your attorney will challenge the evidence against you, question arresting police regarding procedure, review police reports, question the validity of blood/breath tests and more. Without an experienced criminal lawyer in your corner, you face serious and often life-changing consequences, with little chance of winning your case or mitigating your sentence. You may want to go to trial and put your case before a jury of your peers. DUI cases are scientifically complex and involve forensic issues and toxicology issues including gas chromatography and preservation of blood samples. You need a lawyer who has experience challenging DUI cases for years to help you fight your case. Contact the Law Office of Matt Sullivan today, and put your freedom/future in capable hands.