Category «Criminal Case»

The “Lookback” Period for Priorability

The Lookback Period for Priorability

In California, there is a 10-year “lookback” period for prior drunk driving convictions. Anyone with a DUI / DWI conviction who is arrested for drinking and driving within 10 years faces increased punishment on the new count. If more than 10 years pass between arrests, the later arrest is treated as a first-time DUI. Prior …

New Driving Under the Influence / Driving While Intoxicated Sentencing Laws

New Driving Under the Influence Driving While Intoxicated Sentencing Laws

The California Legislature has passed legislation affecting Driving Under the Influence (DUI) / Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) offenses that occurred on or after Sept. 20, 2005. The new legislation affects everything from license suspension to probation conditions. A California attorney who specializes in drunk driving defense can explain how the legislation will impact offenses committed …

Criminal Court Punishment

Criminal Court Punishment

A DUI / DWI charge generates two different cases – with the California Department of Motor Vehicles and the Criminal court. Criminal court cases are resolved in two different ways – through a plea bargain or with a trial. If a driver pleads guilty to a DUI charge, or is convicted by a jury, the …

Traffic Infractions

Traffic Infractions

Prosecutors handling DUI / DWI cases are sometimes willing to allow an accused drunk driver make a plea bargain, or plead guilty to a lesser charge. In some cases, a skilled California drunk driving criminal defense attorney can persuade a prosecutor to reduce the charge to a mere traffic infraction. Pleading guilty to a traffic …

Exhibition of Speed

Exhibition of Speed

One of the most important decisions to make as a drunk driving defendant is whether to accept a plea bargain if it is offered. While sometimes it’s better to take a case to trial, a plea agreement with diminished consequences or a reduced charge is sometimes in the client’s best interests. An experienced California DUI …

Dry Reckless Plea

Dry Reckless Plea

Sometimes the defendant in a DUI / DWI case has the option of accepting a plea bargain. While sometimes it’s in the driver’s best interests to take the case to trial, in other instances he or she may want to consider pleading guilty to a reduced charge. A lawyer experienced in defending drunk driving cases …

Wet Reckless Plea

Wet Reckless Plea

One of the most pressing questions in any DUI / DWI case is whether to take the case to trial. Sometimes it’s better to let a jury decide a drinking and driving case, but some drivers charged with drunk driving may want to consider a plea bargain when offered. An experienced California DUI / DWI …

DUI – DWI Pleas

DUI - DWI Pleas

Some drivers accused of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) are offered plea bargains by prosecutors, especially when the case as charged seems particularly difficult to prove in court. Although sometimes it’s better to take a case to trial, in other cases, a carefully negotiated plea bargain is in the driver’s …

Misdemeanor vs Felony DUI / DWI

Misdemeanor vs Felony DUI DWI

DUI / DWI cases are charged as either misdemeanors or felonies. Most first, second, and third drunk driving arrests are charged as misdemeanors. A driver who is involved in an accident, kills or injures another person, or who is arrested on a fourth DUI within 10 years almost always is charged with a felony. A …

Plea Bargains

Plea Bargains

A motorist facing a drunk driving charge has an important decision to make –  whether to take the case to trial or accept a plea bargain. There are sometimes good reasons to take a case to court, but there can also be compelling reasons to accept a plea bargain. An experienced DUI / DWI criminal …

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