Ventura DUI Attorney
Aggressive & Experienced Advocacy
Being arrested for any type of drunk and/or drugged driving is often a humiliating and stressful experience. If it is a first offense, you will likely have little understanding of what is involved in the process, what the consequences may be, and what your rights are under the law. In such a situation, your case will be best served if you have the help of an attorney who is experienced in handling this offense. When thrown into the criminal justice system where others will do everything they can to get you convicted, you need a strong and determined advocate in your corner as soon as possible. Your legal representative’s sole job will be to look out for you and to zealously protect your rights and best interests at all times throughout the legal process.
As a Ventura DUI lawyer who has more than 25 years of experience handling all types of DUI charges for all types of drivers, Ruben Ruiz has an in-depth understanding of what it takes to successfully defend clients in court and with the DMV. DUI is a very complex criminal matter that involves police procedure, the science and technology behind chemical testing, the administrative aspect of license suspension, and more. Attorney Ruiz has been handling all of the moving parts of any DUI charge for decades in the local courts. He takes pride in the successful resolutions he has obtained for countless clients in and around Ventura, many of whom have referred friends and family to his firm due to their confidence in his legal abilities.
California’s DUI Laws
DUI laws for adults in California criminalize the action of both driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or higher or driving while under the influence of alcohol as witnessed by law enforcement regardless of your BAC. The former charge is known as a “per se” charge. You can also be charged with DUI if you are found driving under the influence of drugs. Upon a conviction of any type of DUI, your penalties will be based on whether you have previous DUI convictions and whether your DUI led to the injuries or death of anyone else.
The majority of DUI cases in California are charged as misdemeanors. However, if you have four or more past convictions of this offense on your record or you injure someone, you may face felony charges. In typical DUI cases, you may face jail time, heavy fines, mandatory attendance at DUI school, and the potential of having to install and maintain an ignition interlock device (IID) in your vehicle at your own expense. You will also face an automatic suspension of your driver’s license by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). You will have 10 days to request an administrative hearing to challenge that suspension. During the hearing, I can present evidence on your behalf to fight the automatic suspension.
What are the Penalties for DUIs?
A first-offense conviction for DUI in Ventura could have the following penalties:
- Fines ranging from $390 up to $1,000
- Up to six months in a county jail
- A six-month license suspension with IID consequences; you may be able to get a restricted license allowing you to drive to and from work or school
- Completion of DUI school lasting from three to nine months; this program is at your own expense and may cost between $600 and $1200
- Informal probation that may last from three to five years
In each subsequent DUI conviction within 10 years, you will face increasingly harsher penalties. Felony DUI can carry penalties of 16 months, two years, or three years in a state prison with license suspensions of up to five years. Aggravating factors that can also impact your charges or penalties include driving with a BAC measuring .15 percent or higher or DUI driving with a minor under the age of 14 in your vehicle.
Field Sobriety Tests
If you are pulled over in Ventura for a suspected DUI, the officer is going to perform on of the 3 Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST):
- Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) test - For this test the officer will observe the eyes of the person as they slowly move a pen back and forth to look for indicators that the person is intoxicated.
- Walk-and-turn test - For this test, the officer instructs the person to take about nine steps in a straight line and the return back. The officer is looking to see that the person is able to keep their balance and follow the instructions properly.
- One-leg stand test - For this test, the officer instructs the person to stand with one foot off the ground and hold it until told to put it down. The officer looks for indicators such as swaying, hoping or using their arms to balance.
The Law Office of Ruben M. Ruiz Can Help
It is vital in any DUI offense to have an experienced Ventura DUI lawyer in your corner as soon as possible. Attorney Ruiz can represent you in court as well as at your DMV hearing to help you avoid the severe consequences you may be facing. No matter how complex or serious your case may appear to be, he has the experience, resources, and skills needed to help you fight back. Many aspects of a DUI case can have flaws that will cast doubt on the prosecutor’s case. Contact the firm to learn how Attorney Ruiz can deconstruct your case to build the best possible defense.
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