You will want to contact a Bakersfield lawyer as soon as possible if you
are stopped for a DUI, or “driving under the influence.” This
is not something that you should be casual about doing and think that
you can put the call off until next week or “later on.” The
reason is that you have a ten-day window of opportunity to use a technique
called a DMV hearing.
This hearing is something that can only be requested in the ten days following
the arrest. If you miss that time period, you lose any chance of this
hearing helping you to avoid a full-blown DUI charge. When this hearing
is obtained, your Bakersfield attorney will meet with a DMV employee to
discuss specific aspects of your case. This method is often used to discredit
the way the stop was conducted or how the evidence was gathered. In that
many times the reason for the stop was not handled correctly or the testing
equipment was not properly maintained, the charge can often be dismissed.
This results in no penalties, insurance rate increases, or other problems.
This method does not work for every case but does result in a significant
number of cases being dropped each year.
Should you be unable to use a hearing, having a Bakersfield lawyer on your
side is still a good idea. The courts and judges that handle these cases
can vary in how they handle sentencing, fines and other issues. Having
someone handle your case that knows the court system is important in order
to have this charge have the least amount of impact to you financially
If you or someone you know has been stopped for driving under the influence,
please contact our office as soon as possible. We serve Bakersfield, Santa
Clarita, Encino, Lancaster, Pasadena, the Simi Valley and adjacent areas.
The law offices of L. Rob Werner can help you to decide the best course
of action. Call the office today at 818-362-0331 to discuss your needs.