The Law Office of

CHRISTOPHER SOHOVICH



(619) 326-8161
The Law Office of

CHRISTOPHER SOHOVICH



(619) 326-8161
Put the power of an attorney who's been a
Judge's Assistant and Deputy District Attorney
on YOUR side.

DUI FAQs

What is a DUI?

California law (Vehicle Code 23512, et. seq.) makes it a crime to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Under the Influence is defined as not being able to drive with the caution and care of a sober person under similar circumstances. Driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 or greater is a separate crime. DUI offenses may be charged as misdemeanors or felonies depending on the circumstances, so it is essential to retain the services of an experienced DUI attorney. When deciding on an attorney it is important to consider the services they provide, associated costs and the benefits of hiring an attorney.

Why Hire a DUI Attorney?

A DUI attorney offers a wide variety of services to clients. During the initial consultation, the attorney asks questions pertaining to the client’s arrest. If the client was stopped at a DUI checkpoint, the attorney may ask for a description of the events that occurred at the checkpoint. If the client is being charged with a felony due to aggravating circumstances, the attorney will ask detailed questions about these circumstances. All of the information obtained during this consultation can be used to build a defense against the charges. A DUI attorney also represents clients in court, hires expert witnesses to testify during trials if available, and negotiates plea deals with prosecutors. Since DUI charges can also result in an administrative suspension of a defendant’s driving privileges, an experienced DUI attorney can also represent clients during administrative hearings at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

How to Select a DUI Attorney

When choosing an attorney for a driving under the influence case, you need to be sure that they are licensed to practice in the state where the alleged crime was committed. Remember that each state approaches these cases differently. A person who has practiced in the jurisdiction would know the best strategies for that location. The first step in handling these cases is to do a thorough client intake. Only by asking questions and listening to the client can an attorney effectively begin to build your defense. The second step is usually the Administrative per se hearing, or DMV hearing. The next step is negotiating your case with the prosecution. This means that the attorney will do everything possible to obtain the best result for you. If this is not possible or if the circumstances dictate, your best option may be to go to jury trial. You should, therefore, find out about how many cases the lawyer has taken to trial.

The Benefits of Hiring a DUI Attorney

Hiring an experienced DUI attorney has its benefits. Among those benefits is the attorney’s knowledge and familiarity with the court system, details about the plea bargain, and ability to follow complex procedures. To put it simply, the DUI attorney is someone who protects the rights of the arrested individual. For instance, if the person only had a drink or two, the court may still pursue the harshest punishment available. However, an experienced and credible DUI attorney can prevent this from happening. An experienced attorney can even have the DUI case dismissed under certain circumstances. In addition, a successful attorney can deal with the prosecution during the plea bargain process, wherein the charges against the client are reduced to a lesser one. The attorney can also deal with sentencing, which is very useful in cases where pleading guilty can lead to a long period of imprisonment.

According to many state laws, anyone charged with DUI offenses has to relinquish their driver’s license. To avoid this, you can hire a competent DUI defense attorney. They will help you to retain your license and clean up your driving record. Remember, expert attorneys have what it takes to change the nature of your case. They also ensure that you avoid the most serious punishment.

The Bottom Line

Whether you have been arrested or not, it is crucial to educate yourself about what you could possibly face in a DUI situation. Consult a DUI attorney immediately after you have been arrested to know about your rights and what you should and should not do if faced with a DUI arrest or investigation. Having an experienced DUI attorney on your side can make a world of  difference in your DUI case.