Being arrested for DUI of alcohol or drugs is a very grave matter that requires urgent handling if you are to preserve your driving privilege. If you are arrested, you risk losing your license and possibly being arrested. Law enforcement officers in the Santa Barbara and Ventura County areas are continually watching out for erratic driving behavior on the part of drivers. If they suspect for some reason that you are intoxicated, they may have the right to pull you over. If your blood alcohol content (BAC) exceeds .08% in California, you are considered to be driving under the influence. Be aware that arresting drunk drivers has become a cash cow for many state and federal agencies, so they will take every opportunity they see for arresting someone. Don’t take chances with your future, if you have been charged with drunk driving, your first action should be to contact a qualified DUI/Drunk Driving Attorney in the Santa Barbara area to represent you against these charges.
What a DUI Defense Lawyer can do for you
California laws provide penalties for drunk driving due to the severe consequences that can occur. Harsh penalties await those arrested for drunk driving, which can include loss of your license, large fines and even jail time. Police officers must follow very set guidelines whenever stopping someone for suspected DUI. They must have a reason for having pulled you over, some suspicion of drunk driving in order to do so. Once stopped, they may give you field sobriety tests, which could involve counting backwards or walking a straight line. If you fail these, according to the officer’s opinion, you will be taken to the station. At the station you are given a blood or breath test, which will measure your BAC. If it measured over the legal limit, you would be charged with a DUI. It is not recommended to refuse a BAC test, as this can result in automatic suspension of your license in addition to increased penalties.
It is important to have a qualified DUI defense lawyer representing you in this matter. There are time limits and complex laws to follow to ensure your driving privileges will not be immediately taken away, not to mention ending up in jail. The DMV hearing that is required within 10 days of being arrested is an important one to attend with a skilled attorney. This hearing will set the stage for what have to be done later to defend your DUI charges. A police officer for over 22 years, Attorney Kenneth Hallum is very familiar with exactly what is needed to provide you the best defense. Mr. Hallum will personally handle your DUI case from beginning to end. He has successfully helped numerous clients in fighting their charges. He can do the same for you. We urge you to contact him right away to preserve your right to drive.
Contact a Santa Barbara DUI/ Drunk Driving Lawyer from the Law Office of Kenneth M. Hallum for competent handling of your DUI case.
Kenneth M. Hallum is a criminal defense lawyer, admitted to the California State Bar Association in 2004, and whose focus is on traffic law in California. As a private defense attorney, he has also served as a conflict public defender, and court appointed criminal defense attorney.
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ADDRESSLaw Offices of Kenneth M. Hallum
3463 State Street, #439 Santa Barbara, Ca. 93105