Possible DUI Charges And Punishment

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California Drunk Driving Law


This Informational Guide is brought to you by the authors of California Drunk Driving Law, a two-volume treatise referred commonly to by lawyers as "the Bible of DUI Defense in California."


An Informational Guide to help you beat DUI Prosecution, Defense and Sentencing Practices in the Superior Court of Napa County, California

Including: American Canyon – Angwin – Calistoga – Deer Park – Napa – Oakville
Pope Valley – Rutherford - Saint Helena - Yountville

The District Attorney’s Office in Napa County is known for filing DUI charges even where breath or blood-alcohol test results are below the .08 percent or higher per se limit.  Because persons may be deemed too impaired to safely operate a motor vehicle even after just a few drinks, it is deemed legal and ethical for a prosecutor to exercise this discretion.  However, the discretion to file criminal charges does not necessarily equate to the reasonable likelihood of obtaining a conviction.  Thus, Napa County prosecutors will sometimes reduce a drunk driving charge to a lesser offense such as reckless driving.

The key to beating a DUI charge in Napa County---or at least getting a reduced offer on it---is to retain a Board-Certified DUI defense lawyer who regularly appears in the Napa County Superior Court and is willing to take a case to trial if need be. Lawyers who don’t try cases have no leverage when it comes to negotiations---so do not hesitate to inquire of a prospective attorney when he or she last tried a case in Napa County (or if they have ever tried one). You would be surprised to know that many lawyers advertising their services never go to trial.

IMPORTANT ADVISORY FOR OUT-OF-STATE RESIDENTS: If you are an out-of-state resident arrested for driving under the influence in the Napa Valley wine country on a business or pleasure trip, then you have already suffered some very unpleasant consequences (a night in jail, towed car, missed flight, etc.). Do not compound the problem by hiring an inexperienced lawyer or one who does not specialize in California DUI defense. You want a lawyer knowledgeable about how a license suspension and/or court conviction in California can impact your home-state driver’s license, and how to avoid or mitigate such consequences. 

DUI defense has become increasingly technical over the years, and you want a lawyer who is up on the most recent developments in this field. Feel free to review the contents of this entire website for further information about DUI prosecution and defense in Napa County. You may even wish to order a copy of California Drunk Driving Law, a two-volume treatise co-authored by two of California's most pre-eminent DUI defense lawyers (one of whom regularly appears in Napa County and is very good at handling cases for people who do not live in the area).  You do not have to be an attorney to order this book---just go to www.jamespublishing.com/books/cddl.htm and they will overnight it to you. 

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Court fines, fees, and assessments that may arise from a drunk driving conviction include vehicle towing and storage; booking, fingerprinting and photo; driver’s license reinstatement; car insurance increase; community service fee; DUI victims’ fund; alcohol abuse education fund; DUI classes; DUI victim’s impact sessions; and time payment charges.

Copyright February 2015