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Don't Get Caught Unaware! Know Your Rights Before a DUI Stop

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Protect Yourself After a DUI Stop

If you are stopped on suspicion of driving under the influence, you need to know that you do not have to admit to anything. If the officer suspects you are intoxicated because you were driving erratically, you may be asked to take a breath or blood test. California's laws are strict and do not allow you to speak with an attorney prior to taking one of these tests if this happens.

If you were stopped at a checkpoint or DUI roadblock, you should know that the police officers must comply with a neutral policy when conducting these stops. That means that every car must be stopped or they must have a systematic process for stopping cars. If this does not occur, they may be operating under unlawful circumstances, which can be used in your favor when it comes time to building a defense.

What Are the Penalties for Refusing Sobriety Tests?

When an officer suspects that you might be driving under the influence, you may be asked to step out of your vehicle and take tests to measure your physical and cognitive aptitude or to take a chemical test. Unfortunately, California's current DUI laws have an implied consent rule. That means that if you refuse to take any chemical tests, the officer has enough cause to arrest you for a DUI.

These are the possible consequences of refusing to submit to the tests:

  • License suspension for at least one year
  • Fine costing $125
  • Jail time added to DUI conviction
  • Mandatory attendance in DUI school

The severity of these penalties will vary depending on how many DUI offenses you have on your record. You may be able to lessen the possibility of penalties by having an Orange County DUI attorney on your side.

The Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman may even be able to convince the prosecution that there was not enough reasonable cause to charge you with DUI at the time of your arrest. We might be able to bring them down to a wet reckless or reckless driving charge in a plea bargain deal. Attorney Goodman has a track record of success, helping numerous clients receive complete case dismissals.

Whatever your circumstances might be, you should take advantage of your right to have an attorney defend you if you are accused of any crime. When you are ready, feel free to contact our firm for a free initial consultation! (714) 733-1737

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    MISDEMEANOR SETTLEMENT

    MISDEMEANOR SETTLEMENT

    2ND DUI

    Misdemeanor on completion of community service - Felony 2nd DUI, under 21 with injury.

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    case dismissed

    CASE REJECTED

    ATTEMPTED MURDER OF POLICE OFFICER

    Los Angeles Arrest Pre-filing representation on Attempted murder of police officer, assault with a deadly weapon upon a police officer.

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    CASE
    REJECTED

    CASE REJECTED

    ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON

    Strike felonies including assault with a deadly weapon - car with great bodily injury.

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    case dismissed

    Case dismissed

    CAR ACCIDENT

    Car accident, no license, speeding (filed by Anaheim City Attorney).

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    case dismissed

    Case dismissed

    CHILD ENDANGERMENT / CRUELTY

    Penal Code 273a(b) Child endangerment/cruelty.

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    case dismissed

    Case dismissed

    CHILD MOLESTATION

    Child molestation: Felony.

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    PROBATION TERMINATED EARLY

    PROBATION TERMINATED EARLY

    COMMERCIAL BURGLARY

    Commercial burglary probation violation: dismissed, no violation found.

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    case dismissed

    Case dismissed

    CONTEMPT OF COURT ORDER

    Contempt of court order by a gang member.

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    Case dismissed

    Case dismissed

    CSA CASE

    CSA case dismissed.

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