For many, being arrested for driving under the influence is the first run in with the law. Fear, embarrassment, and not understanding the process can be overwhelming. At the Law Office of Silva L. Megerditchian, through knowledge, compassion and skill, we lead you through every step of the process. We have handled hundreds of DUIs. We involve you in every step of the way, and help you move on with your personal and professional life. At the Law Office of Silva L. Megerditchian, we make a very intimidating and scary situation understandable and in many cases beatable.
DUI law is not always straight forward–there are many defenses and scientific evidence that can prove essential in getting your DUI reduced or dismissed. A skilled attorney can challenge your case in a variety of ways, from the validity of the stop, to the reliability of the alcohol tests.
To get a DUI, the state must prove that you were driving a motor vehicle, and under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or had a BAC of .08% or higher at the time of driving. If you are convicted of a DUI, and it is your first one, and there was nobody who was hurt or injured you could expect to receive typically 3 years of informal probation; DUI school ranging from 3 to 9 months (typically 3 months), A fine of around $2000 depending which county you are arrested in and a 6-month license suspension, with the possibility of a restricted license after 30 days from the DMV.
A first offense DUI in California is typically a misdemeanor crime unless someone is seriously injured or dies. A person charged with DUI is entitled to a jury trial before being convicted in court, as well as a hearing at the DMV before a license suspension is imposed. At trial the prosecutor must show that you were driving while under the influence of alcohol, you performed poorly on field sobriety tests and you had objective symptoms of intoxication like bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, a smell of alcohol on your person etc. A breath or blood test indicated the person had a BAC at or above .08. 1st-time DUI charges can be reduced to a lesser offense (such as a “wet” reckless or a dry reckless, or exhibition of speed and in some cases get the case dismissed altogether.
Get the facts, get the results you want with the Law Office of Silva L. Megerditchian. Get a skilled attorney with the experience and knowledge to fight for you and make your run in with the law an easier process.