Alcohol DUI Charges in Sacramento, CA
There is a misconception that there is no defense to driving under the influence charges, and that facing Driving Under The Influence (DUI) charges is a straightforward process. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. The DUI process can be a mentally and emotionally draining experience, which is why it is recommended that you seek out the best legal counsel available. Sacramento DUI Attorney Ryan T. Kocot has years of experience in defending clients against DUI charges that will come in handy if you are in need of help.
Alcohol DUI Case Dismissal – What You Need to Know
It is possible to have a DUI case dismissed despite the seemingly insurmountable odds. A Sacramento DUI attorney must have extensive knowledge in a broad range of areas including, but not limited to: toxicology, police investigations, and DUI case law to be successful. On top of mastering all of that information, defending against DUI charges subjects a defendant to two separate actions at once:
- Criminal charges by the District Attorney And
- Administrative action against your license by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
It is critical that you consult with an experienced Sacramento DUI attorney who knows how to navigate the criminal process, as well as the DMV administrative process. The two actions stated above are to be viewed as separate actions in large part, but there is intersection between the two, especially in Sacramento County. It is simply not enough to know how to address the issues in criminal court; an effective DUI attorney must also know how to deal with the administrative action taken by the DMV.
It’s also important to note that potential punishments differ depending on whether or not it’s a first time DUI charge in Sacramento County, a second time charge, or even a third time charge. It becomes that much more important that you consult with an experienced Sacramento DUI lawyer if you are facing a second or third DUI charge.
Communication During A DUI Charge Process is Key
We offer free in-person or over-the-phone consultations. By the end of your free consultation, you’ll understand:
- How DUIs are charged
- How to defend against DUI charges
- How the court process plays out
- How the entire DMV administrative per se process works
- How to defend against a license suspension at DMV
- Potential case outcomes in criminal court and at DMV
In addition to being available via phone and email, we ensure constant communication by using case management software that allows us to upload and share court and DMV documents to the Internet as soon as they’re received. This allows the client to view police reports and other important documents right away rather than having to wait to come into the office to view them.
DMV License Issues With An Alcohol DUI Charge
If your case does resolve, our representation does not end there. There are a whole host of court and DMV requirements that must be met to obtain a restricted license. We’ll walk you through each step in the process of obtaining a license after your DUI, including:
- Obtaining an SR-22
- Installing an IID, if necessary
- Enrolling in an alcohol education class
Taking care of the SR-22, IID, and alcohol education class enables you to obtain a restricted license, and eventually, a fully restored license. That’s why we’re here to make sure each requirement is addressed.
How to Get Your DUI Expunged
Once your term of probation expires, we’re also here to help you expunge your DUI conviction pursuant to Penal Code 1203.4. Unlike other most misdemeanor expungements, a DUI Expungement is not automatically granted and is entirely at the discretion of the court. It is a good idea to at least consult with an attorney who has successfully filed DUI expungements in the past to make sure you’re setting yourself up for success. Past clients are always welcome to call the office and we will take you through the expungement process, step-by-step.
Call Us at 916-572-6445
Being charged with a DUI in Sacramento can be stressful. Give us a call today for a free consultation. We are happy to answer any DUI-related questions that may be on your mind.