Experienced DUI Attorney in Pasadena
Call (888) 717-0139 Immediately After a DUI Arrest
After your arrest for DUI you should immediately do the following:
Write down everything that happened to you from 24 hours before your arrest to the time you were released from custody.
You should do this as early as possible, to ensure the accuracy of your
memory. 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
Contact an experienced DUI defense attorney to discuss your case before the 10 day DMV deadline expires.
Continue reading this page and browse the website to educate yourself about your situation and your options.
An Arrest for DUI Does Not Mean That You Wil Be Convicted!
Being arrested for Driving under the Influence (DUI) can happen to almost anyone! The offense of Driving Under the Influence/ DUI is not a “bad person”
type of crime. Typically, it’s a case of being at the wrong place
at the wrong time or having a moment of poor judgment. However, A DUI
conviction can result in serious consequences including probation, jail,
fines, mandatory alcohol programs, installation of an ignition interlock
device, loss of professional license or employment and more. Additionally,
the DMV could suspend or revoke your driving privilege as soon as 30 days
after the date of your arrest, unless you take immediate action.
The good news is that being arrested does not mean that you must suffer
the consequences of a DUI conviction or loss of your driving privilege! With the right attorney on your side you have a chance of getting the
charges dismissed or reduced and keeping your driving privilege.
You Need Experienced Legal Help - Call a DUI Lawyer!
Properly defending a DUI case is complicated and requires an attorney who
is very experienced in that specific area of law. I am an
aggressive DUI defense attorney with over 22 years of experience. I have successfully represented people accused of DUI throughout Los Angeles
County and many other parts of California. My practice is devoted to defending
people just like you. I am very experienced in all aspects of DUI defense
including jury trials and DMV proceedings.
You need to know that you will probably be prosecuted by a well-trained city or district
attorney who will vigorously work to convict you. The more serious your
case, the harder the prosecutor will work to convict you. Shouldn’t
you have an experienced DUI defender on your side? Shouldn’t you
have an attorney who will fight hard to defend you?
If I represent you, you will be entrusting your case to a skilled DUI defender
who will aggressively fight to get the result that
The Law Offices of Matthew Cargal Will Take Charge of Every Aspect of Your Case
The court and DMV process can be just as traumatic and stressful as the arrest. I realize this and work to minimize the burden on you so that you can
get on with your life. I will take charge of every aspect of your case so that
you may not have to miss time from work, school, family or other responsibilities.
In many cases, I can make all of the court appearances without you ever
having to go to court!
"Can I Win My DUI Case?"
Each case is different. However, there are issues common to most cases
that if properly attacked may help to win your case. Some of those issues are:
- Probable cause to stop and arrest,
- Miranda and other constitutional violations,
- Improper investigation procedures,
- Improper collection, storage or analysis of blood, breath or urine tests,
- Problems with the breath test machines;
- Medical and dental conditions of the client and/or
- Reasonable doubt.
DUI Arrests: The Officer Isn't Always Right
A conviction cannot be made solely because you were not demonstrating perfect
driving at the time of your arrest; many people 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
- 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.
The bottom line is that you don’t know if your case can be won until
you talk with an experienced DUI attorney.
Want to Discuss Your Case? We Offer a Free Consultation.
The consultation will be with Matthew Cargal and not an “associate
attorney”, “legal assistant” or “paralegal”.
I believe it is critical that you meet, interview and feel comfortable
with the person who will be representing you! During the consultation,
we will discuss all aspects of your case and I will answer any questions
that you may have. I will explain what is going to happen in court and
with the DMV. If possible, I will also tell you my plan for defending
Appointments are available during the day, in the evening, on weekends,
by telephone and online consultations.
I know this is an unpleasant situation. However, delaying getting the experienced
legal help that you need could jeopardize your court and DMV cases.
Read more about DUIs on our
Frequently Asked Questions page.