DUI ARRESTS ARE ON THE RISE… IT CAN HAPPEN TO ANYONE — AND IT DOES.
There is increasing political pressure on California’s law enforcement community to produce as many DUI convictions as possible. Advocacy groups like MADD, SADD, the media, and public sentiment have forced legislators to enact increasingly harsh DUI laws. Even a first DUI offense can be a scary, humiliating and expensive ordeal. Judges and prosecutors are motivated by the political climate and economy to render the most stringent sentences allowed by law.
Know Your Rights!
The urgency to increase convictions has clouded a fundamental issue in our democratic society: the presumption of innocence and proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Without an experienced expert on California DUI laws on your side, your rights may be overlooked in an effort to demonstrate an increase in DUI convictions.
Your Freedom, Resources and Reputation Are At Stake!
If you have been arrested for DUI, here is what you NEED TO DO NOW:
REMAIN CALM: Ross H. Sobel has handled literally thousands of DUI cases. He is the recognized expert in the area of DUI law. He understands your situation and will put you at ease. Remember, once you have Mr. Sobel on your side you are not alone.
TAKE CONTROL: That’s what I do. Important steps must be taken right away to keep things from getting out of control. You must be proactive. The more you know about the DUI process the more empowered you will be to make wise decisions.
YOUR RIGHTS: if you have been pulled over and/or arrested for DUI you have the right to…
• Remain silent. You have the right to refuse to answer any questions asked by police officers, like “How much have you had to drink?” or “When was the last drink you had?”
• Refuse physical sobriety testing, such as walking the line, touching your nose, lifting your leg, finger counting and reciting the alphabet forwards and backwards.
• Refuse field sobriety testing. If you are 21 years of age or older, and are not on DUI probation, you can refuse a street breath test using a handheld testing device.
• Request a blood alcohol test or a breath test.
• Be properly advised of all of the consequences of not taking and/or completing a breath or blood test at the police station and/or hospital (this test is separate from any one that you may or may not have taken at the scene).
• Speak with a DUI attorney before the state and/or the DMV uses your words against you. Let a qualified attorney do the talking for you.
• Access the state’s case against you for examination. If there are any errors they may be extremely useful in your defense.
• Plead not guilty. Appearing in court on a DUI charge can be extremely intimidating. That doesn’t mean you are automatically guilty of all the charges against you. A not guilty plea will result in the commencement of the trial process. However that plea does not mean you are actually going to trial. Your attorney will advise you on what procedural steps will benefit you.
• Appeal legal issues raised at trial.
• A jury trial, with witnesses to testify on your behalf.
• Interview law enforcement officers prior to trial, and compel their deposition.
• Challenge probable cause in your case.