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  • We provide free case consultations
  • We have extensive trial experience
    We provide flexible appointment availability
  • We are a husband and wife duo
  • We employ a former district attorney
  • We are backed by 40+ years of experience

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In California, a DUI is a misdemeanor that carries a minimum 48 hours in jail for a first offense. Repeat convictions will translate into harsher punishments. Any DUI within the last 10 years will be considered a prior conviction. Even with incriminating evidence such as a high BAC and blood tests, DUI charges are beatable. Furthermore, a DUI can jeopardize your immigration status, potentially resulting in your removal.

If you have recently received a DUI, we strongly advise you to retain our immediate representation. Do not navigate through the complexities of the legal system with our personalized legal solutions and supportive assistance.

What happens if you get a DUI under 21 in California?

  • Immediate suspension of driver's license
  • Up to 6 months in jail
  • DUI programs
  • Up to $1,000 in fines, plus additional penalties/fees
  • Installation of an ignition interlock device

Probable Cause for DUI

According to California DUI laws, police are required to have probable cause in order to pull you over. If you have been pulled over for DUI, understanding whether the police had probable cause can be a vital piece of your defense.

In order to understand probable cause, it is important to remember the following:

  • Probable cause is when the police have enough facts or evidence to support a reasonable belief that a crime was committed. Probable cause for suspicion of DUI could include:
    • Speeding
    • Swerving
    • Drifting within your lane
    • Failing to stop.
  • Police can use accidents or injuries as probable cause. If you were in an accident or caused an injury to someone, and the police observe the accident, they can use the accident, or injury, as grounds for probable cause to suspect you were driving under the influence.
  • Police can use behavior as evidence for probable cause. Once the police observe a driving behavior that could trigger them to pull you over, they continue to observe and gather information about you based on your behavior. For example, if you were pulled over for rolling through a stop sign and, as you open your window, marijuana smoke exits the car, the police have probable cause you were driving under the influence.
  • You can fight a DUI charge if the police pull you over without probable cause. If the police have truly pulled you over without probable cause, and you are later arrested for DUI, our Santa Barbara DUI lawyer can help you fight it with a motion to suppress.

The DMV Hearing

If you were arrested for a DUI, you may be scheduled for both a DMV hearing and an arraignment. These are two separate proceedings handled by different entities.

The DMV hearing focuses primarily on the circumstances of your arrest; it is not for determining whether you are guilty or innocent. During the hearing, the results of your chemical test will be discussed, as well as the lawfulness of your arrest. If you did not submit to a chemical test, the DMV officer will ask about the reason for your refusal and if you were told that you would lose your driving privileges for refusing to take the test.

Although, you are not required to have a DMV hearing, appearing for one could help prevent a driver’s license suspension. Your attorney can attend this hearing on your behalf. Our lawyers will fight to keep your driving privileges from being suspended or revoked.

The Trial Process in California

The trial process is separate from the DMV hearing, and the outcome of the hearing does not affect your case. During the trial process, you will be scheduled for an arraignment where the prosecutor will inform you of the charges against you. At this stage, you will have the opportunity to plead not guilty, guilty, or no contest.

If you plead guilty, you will be sentenced, and a judge will issue penalties. If you plead not guilty, your case will enter the pretrial phase, during which your attorney will scrutinize the prosecutor's evidence. The pretrial phase also allows the defense and prosecutor to enter into negotiations and attempt to resolve the case out of court.

If negotiations fail, your case will be taken to trial, where you will have the opportunity to challenge the prosecutor’s case.

How Do I Get My License Back After a DUI in California?

To get your license back after a DUI in California, you must complete the following steps:

  • Wait until your license suspension has passed. If you were sentenced to one year suspension, then you must wait for at least one year.

  • Serve the entire prison sentence

  • Finish DUI School. It can last 3 - 30 months depending on your conviction, once you have completed your DUI school, you will then need a Notice of Completion from the school.

  • Finish any other sentencing conditions. Some conditions may require you to complete treatment or rehab.

  • Get the right car insurance. You will also need a special form of insurance and an SR-22 form will prove it.

  • Apply for Reinstatement. Bring all of the paperwork from above and go to your local DMV to apply for reinstatement.

At Appel & Morse, our DUI lawyers in Santa Barbara can look into the details of your case and explore ways to fight your charges. Our priority is to keep you out of jail and to protect your driving record and license. Whether we are scrutinizing the validity of chemical test results or questioning whether the arresting officer had probable cause to pull you over, we exhaust every option to help you secure the best possible outcome.

Discuss your DUI charges during a free criminal consultation. Call (805) 467-6060.

Our Santa Barbara DUI Attorneys Will Serve As Your Aggressive Advocates

When you retain our services, our Santa Barbara DUI defense lawyers are prepared to work for you. We can visit the location, study the arresting officer's background, reanalyze blood samples, examine a breathalyzer, subpoena and cross-examine officers, and look for any weaknesses in the prosecution's case. As your DUI attorneys in Santa Barbara, We are also prepared to help you fight for your driving privileges. After you are arrested and given a temporary license, you need to schedule a DMV hearing immediately, if you want a chance at having your suspension lifted.

Our Santa Barbara DUI Lawyers handle a wide range of DUI cases, including:

Over 40 Years of Proven DUI Defense, Contact Us at (805) 467-6060

With more than 40 years of combined legal experience and a background that includes serving as a former deputy district attorney, we have the knowledge and skills necessary to fight for you. Our DUI attorney is intimately familiar with our local courts and the dynamics of the judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement officials. We are ready to use our insider knowledge to help our clients even the playing field.

For a free, criminal consultation, call Appel & Morse today at (805) 467-6060!

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