If you or a loved one has been charged with driving under the influence (DUI), you should consult with a Sacramento DUI Attorney on how to move forward. DUI charges are extremely complicated and difficult to deal with. Attorney Ryan T. Kocot offers guidance and legal representation in the court of law to combat these charges, and will even provide a free case evaluation in your first meeting. Based in Sacramento, CA, Attorney Kocot’s DUI Legal Services are tried and true, resulting in award winning recognition at the highest level of practicing law.
DUI Attorney Legal Consultation Services
Every move you make could contribute to the end result of your case. It can be the difference between being thrown in jail or having your license revoked by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). However, the details of your case analysis will determine the likeliest outcome that you may be able to achieve, which can be brought to light by hiring a DUI Attorney such as Ryan Kocot.
Most DUI charges do not result in a trial. However, every DUI charge should be investigated as if the case is going to trial. This means that your DUI attorney should be getting ahold of every single piece of evidence in your case to make sure no stone is left unturned. In order to obtain said evidence, our office uses the DMV subpoena process in an attempt to gather all evidence prior to your first criminal court date. Such evidence includes, but is not limited to:
- Any video generated by the arresting agency. Typically, police agencies have dashboard cameras on their cruiser. These dashboard cameras provide key insight into the administration and performance of field sobriety tests, as well as observations the officer wrote in his or her report.
- Any documentation related to the breath test machine(s) used during the arresting officer’s investigation. The breath test machines are just that: machines. They do not always read perfectly, and they are not always properly maintained.
- Any 911 call that was made that resulted in an officer making contact with an individual.
There is never any guarantee that getting ahold of all evidence is going to lead to a “smoking gun” and a dismissal. However, you’ll never know unless you obtain the evidence. It is our office’s policy to not leave any questions unanswered before suggesting that someone resolve their case.
Alcohol DUI Legal Services & Representation
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. There are many technical defenses an experienced Sacramento DUI lawyer can successfully argue in the context of an alcohol DUI:
- Rising Alcohol Defense
- Involuntary Intoxication Defense
- Faulty Breath Test Machine Defense
- Fermentation Defense
- And many more
While there are options that provide a defense to DUI charges, 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. An effective DUI attorney must be able to handle BOTH the DMV Administrative Hearing, as well as criminal court charges at the same time. Not only must they be able to handle those two actions concurrently, they must be able to handle them strategically in relation to on another.
Marijuana DUI Legal Services & Representation
When you are charged with a Sacramento Marijuana DUI, the District Attorney has your blood sample analyzed by the Sacramento crime lab. The District Attorney’s office often runs into problems prosecuting these cases for three reasons:
- There is no “per se” limitation like we have with alcohol DUIs and our .08% or more limit.
- Marijuana is fat soluble, which means that it is stored in fat and can remain in your system for an extended period of time.
- The scientific literature is not definitive on the impact that marijuana has on one’s ability to drive.
It is crucial that you hire a Sacramento DUI lawyer who knows how to look at a marijuana blood sample and properly analyze it. If you don’t know what the blood sample results “mean,” how are you supposed to formulate an effective defense?
Drug DUI Legal Services & Representation
Regardless of whether or not you have a prescription, you can be charged with a DUI in Sacramento for drugs only. A typical alcohol DUI investigation generally entails an officer making a traffic stop, asking the individual questions DUI-related questions, and having the individual perform field sobriety tests. If the officer determines that there is enough evidence that the individual is under the influence, that person is obligated to submit to a blood or breath chemical test or face enhanced criminal and DMV penalties.
When drugs (marijuana included) are involved, however, the investigation is different. In addition to the investigation performed by the arresting officer at the scene, one must also submit to a drug recognition evaluation performed at the police station. This evaluation contains tests specifically geared towards the detection of drug use such as pulse and blood pressure measurements, for example.
Therefore, you must consult with a Sacramento DUI Attorney who understands the nuances of Drug DUI investigation and prosecution, as there are significant difference between drug and alcohol DUI. An attorney must not only be familiar with a pharmacology of a particular drug, but they must also be familiar with how the District Attorney goes about prosecuting Drug DUIs in particular.
Contact Us for a Free Case Evaluation
No matter what type of DUI (Alcohol, Marijuana, or other drug(s)) you are charged with, we are here to help. Attorney Kocot strategically defends against all types of DUI charges on a daily basis. At the very least, we will be able to answer any question you might have concerning your charges. Give us a call at (916) 572-6445 or fill out the Contact Form to set up a Free Consultation Today.