DUIs are Always Worth Defending
Clients who were recently arrested for drunk driving also known as DUI or Driving Under the Influence in the Sacramento area often come to us with incorrect assumptions. They realize that they’ve made a mistake, but incorrectly believe that they need to face the consequences. They are likely unfamiliar with the criminal court system and may incorrectly assume that a DUI charge is a slap on the wrist – similar to a speeding ticket which falls off a record after a number of years.
If you who don’t fight your DUI, you are almost certain to get the standard outcome which for a first time offense includes stiff fines, increased insurance rates and a lifetime criminal record which will affect future employment background checks. Police make mistakes and these cases can and should be vigorously defended.
DUI Defense Strategies
DUI Defense is a Specialized Field
DUI law in Sacramento is a specialized field and an effective defense requires an attorney who understands the nuances of DUI law. Ms. Spaulding, a Harvard educated defense attorney, is among a select group of Sacramento DUI attorneys who has successfully completed the official NHTSA (National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration) certification program.
Ms. Spaulding has used this inside knowledge to successfully challenge the validity of DUI field sobriety tests conducted by the police. Ms. Spaulding is also a long time member of the California DUI Lawyers Association which provides specialized education to DUI attorneys.
Of Counsel attorney, James Dunn is one of California’s preeminent DUI attorneys. As a trial attorney who changed California DUI law by fighting for his client, Mr. Dunn has been honored by the California DUI Lawyers Association as a “Specialist Member” of the organization. Furthermore, he has been elected to the board of directors for the California DUI Lawyers Association and is serving on that organization’s legislative affairs committee.
Mr. Dunn’s is renowned as a DUI attorney for his victory in the landmark breathlyzer case, Brenner v. DMV ((2010) 189 Cal.App.4th 365). Brenner saw Mr. Dunn secure a dismissal of his client’s driver’s license suspension, but it had a broader impact because the California Supreme Court upheld the ruling. Because of Mr. Dunn’s case, the law now allows defendants charged with DUI greater power to contest the evidence against them that was based on inaccurate breath testing equipment. Mr. Dunn saved his client’s driver’s license and also made it possible for others to mount an effective defense in their own cases.