If you have been arrested for a DUI, you may be under the impression that the evidence against you is insurmountable and, as a consequence, might plead guilty to the offense without a second thought. However, there is an alternative to simply admitting to false blame and pleading guilty which is to contact a respected, experienced DUI lawyer in Berkeley. The DUI penalties can be severe especially if this is not your first offense and it can cost you your criminal record, driving record, and your livelihood. Therefore, it is vital that you protect your rights and take a fighting stance against these DUI charges.
The Ticket Crushers law firm has over 40+ years of combined experience in the practice of DUI laws and are well qualified to consult you on your case. We can discuss your options for your situation and help prepare an effective DUI defense to turn the odds in your favor. We have assisted many clients already with their misdemeanor and felony DUI arrests and are capable of helping with DUI convictions and DUI expungements.
DUI Checkpoints in Berkeley
Receiving a DUI arrest at a DUI checkpoint can be a frustrating ordeal. You might be under the impression that this practice is illegal and that mentioning this in your case will aid in your case. While this isn’t necessarily wrong thinking, DUI checkpoints in California are legal within the scope of the United States Constitution and the California constitution. However, depending on what occurred during your arrest at the DUI checkpoint, we can use your account to find any possible loopholes and as an advantage during your court proceeding.
At a DUI checkpoint, an officer will set up a roadblock that will prevent traffic from proceeding beyond a certain point. If you pass through one of these DUI checkpoints, the law enforcement officer would then stop you and ask you for your driver’s license and registration. Next, he would most likely have a conversation with you to see if you are intoxicated. Some signs he might look for include:
- Smell of alcohol on breath
- Slurred speech
- Evidence of alcohol including beer cans, beer bottles, or drug paraphernalia
- Difficulty answering officer’s questions
- Fumbling with license and registration
If the officer suspects that you might be intoxicated, he can then request you to take a roadside sobriety test or a breath test. Something to keep in mind is that law enforcement don’t need probable cause to stop you at a DUI checkpoint. If you fail any of the tests administered by law enforcement, this can be enough probable cause to arrest you. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you will receive a DUI conviction.
Law enforcement have strict rules and regulations when conducting these DUI checkpoints and if they neglect to adhere to these rules, this can open up the possibility of having the checkpoint arrest dismissed even if you were intoxicated.
What Ticket Crushers Law Can Do For Your DUI
Being charged with a DUI can make any person feel hopeless and stressed especially if they feel that there is no way of winning. However, a few things to keep in mind is that there are many things that can go wrong during the course of your DUI arrest including:
- Tests being administered wrong by law enforcement
- Law enforcement not following protocol during DUI checkpoint stops
- Medical conditions altering the results of chemical tests
- Breath and blood tests coming under human or machine error
Keeping this in mind, our DUI lawyers can use some of these circumstances, should they occur, as a means of gaining an upper hand in your case. While a DUI charge turning into a conviction is unavoidable, that doesn’t mean it will be automatic. There are many proven drinking and driving defenses that we can use in court to possibly justify a dismissal of your case or at least a reduction in DUI penalties. The Ticket Crushers law firm provides aggressive, empathetic legal representation for clients with DUI arrests, charges or convictions. We provide free consultations and will discuss with you your options and fight for the best possible outcome for your situation.
The DUI Lawyers at Ticket Crushers Law serves clients in the Berkeley area
With the Ticket Crushers law firm, it is possible to fight and win your DUI case – both in court and at the DMV hearing. However, it is imperative that you consult with a trustworthy, aggressive DUI attorney as soon as possible since the DUI process can be quite complicated and the cost of losing is high. Don’t wait and give us a call today!
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Arrested At A DUI Checkpoint? Call The Ticket Crushers Law Firm Today!