Should You Hire a Pasadena DUI Lawyer?
Learn how our Pasadena DUI attorney can help you!
Many people like to spend their evenings at restaurants or a friend's house where they can enjoy a couple beers or mixed drinks. This is a common practice for people in Pasadena and throughout Southern California, and law enforcement is always on the prowl to find those who choose to drive after having too many drinks.
Police officers have multiple ways to determine if a person has consumed alcoholic beverages prior to driving, including field sobriety tests, blood tests, and breath tests. What people may not know, however, is that such tests are not always accurate, and even if you were accused of driving under the influence, there are ways to prove that you were not driving with dangerous amounts of alcohol in your system.
If you have been arrested for a DUI, you may think that the evidence brought against you is undefeatable. However, a complete investigation of your arrest and your situation may uncover evidence that can free you from your charges and from the penalties of conviction. At The Law Offices of Matthew Cargal, our Pasadena DUI attorneys have extensive training in challenging evidence for DUI cases and we know how to protect our clients' legal rights.
Most cases are considered a misdemeanor, though there are circumstances which can be viewed as a felony, such as an accident causing an injury or multiple convictions. Regardless of the type of DUI charges you are facing, contact our Pasadena criminal defense lawyer at The Law Offices of Matthew Cargal.
Avoid a Driver's License Suspension with a Pasadena DUI Lawyer's Help
The most important thing to keep in mind is that you have legal rights and your chances of success greatly improve if you take action now. In order to keep your driver's license, you must contact the
California DMV to set up a hearing within 10 days of your arrest, regardless if it is your
first DUI, second DUI, or if you have had multiple DUI convictions. Otherwise, you will be subject to an automatic suspension that can last for anywhere from 4 months to 3 years. Next, we recommend that you write down everything that happened to you from 24 hours before your arrest to the time you were released from custody. This record should include such details as:
- What you had to eat and drink and when you ate and drank
- Any medications you took
- The reason the police officer told you for making the traffic stop
- The exact sequence of events during the DUI investigation
- What happened after the arrest
- Medical, dental and psychological issues you have
- Any aggravating factors, such as drug possession, underage passengers, injuries or weapons
You should do this as early as possible, to ensure the accuracy of your memory. A Pasadena criminal attorney from our firm will study your case from every angle to find the best way to defend you in court.
What to Do If You Get a DUI in Pasadena
There are several criminal defense strategies for a DUI case. Even if you took a blood or breath test and were found with blood alcohol content (BAC) above 0.08%, your attorney may be able to argue the validity of such tests. For example, if you submit a blood test, our Pasadena DUI attorney can argue that:
- The process of collecting blood resulted in errors
- The storage of blood led to false positive results
They may also be able to prove that the equipment was not properly maintained or calibrated. Another major factor in this type of case is determining whether the suspect's rights were violated in the arrest. If upon close questioning, the police officer who made the arrest cannot prove that he had probable cause to pull you over; the entire case could be dropped on the grounds of inadmissible evidence.
The Officer Isn't Always Right
A conviction cannot be made solely because you were not demonstrating perfect driving habits at the time of your arrest; many people can speed or make an unsafe lane change without being intoxicated. Officers will often look at outward appearances or other signs that could be evidence of intoxication, but can also be signs of something else entirely. For example, a police officer may believe that you are intoxicated if you demonstrate any of the following appearances:
- Red/watery eyes
- Slurred speech
- Flushed face
- An unsteady gate
- Smell of alcohol on your breath
What the officer may not know is that you could have allergies, be exhausted, suffer from eye irritation, feel embarrassed, or feel anxious about being pulled over. You may have had trouble speaking because you were nervous, and honestly, who would not be nervous when they are undergoing a police interrogation? Nerves may have prevented you from walking in a straight line during the Walk and Turn test, and although you may have had one drink prior to leaving your destination, you may not be intoxicated. It is not illegal to drive after having a glass of wine or a beer—it only becomes illegal if you are over the limit or alcohol influences your ability to drive. To protect your future and successfully fight your DUI charges, hire a Pasadena criminal attorney from The Law Offices of Matthew Cargal.
Let a Pasadena DUI Attorney Fight for You
In the State of California, an officer needs to assess a suspect for a certain period of time to better evaluate if they are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If an officer was only with you for a short period of time before they made the arrest, they may not have the best evidence to use in court. State law requires that an officer is with a DUI suspect for at least a 15 minute period prior to arresting them for DUI. It is important to contact our office immediately after you are charged/arrested for DUI so we can begin to establish a strong defense. Please call 626-356-1392 to schedule an appointment with a Pasadena DUI attorney from The Law Offices of Matthew Cargal. You can also read more about DUIs on our Frequently Asked Questions page.