With Barstow and Baker, California, being cities between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, CHP officers heavily patrol this stretch of Interstate 15 on the unfair assumption that many of the drivers must be drunk or hung over. If you find yourself facing Barstow or Baker CA DUI charges, we are here to try to dismiss your case or at least negotiate the charges down to something far less serious.
In this article, our Barstow DUI defense attorneys provide the following info about local drunk driving laws and what we may do for your case:
Do not wait to phone our Barstow DUI Defense Law Office at (760) 430-0400 for a free meeting.
Barstow DUI defense lawyer Michael Scafiddi actually started his career as a police officer so he could learn how "the other side" thinks and what tactics work on them. Now, attorney Michael Scafiddi employs his insider knowledge to ensure that his clients receive the best defense possible. He tirelessly researches the facts of your case for every conceivable hole in the state's evidence, and he uses them to try to goad the prosecutor into dismissing or at least reducing your charges.
Barstow CA drunk driving attorney Michael Scafiddi's DUI defense experience runs the gamut from standard California misdemeanor DUI and California DUI causing injury to California felony DUI and even California vehicular manslaughter cases.
Unlike other offenses which are dealt with only in criminal court (discussed below), Barstow DUI cases involve the Department of Motor Vehicles as well. Once you are arrested for a DUI here or in Baker, CA, you can expect the police to confiscate your California driver's license and give you a temporary one that is good for just one month. At that point, you have only ten days to request a DMV hearing to argue against the suspension.
We highly recommend that you retain a Baker CA DUI defense attorney ASAP to handle all the DMV proceedings, from requesting the hearing and appearing on your behalf to presenting evidence and examining witnesses. If it is your first misdemeanor DUI, your license can be suspended for no more than a few months, but subsequent DUIs potentially put your license in jeopardy for two-to-three years. We could also help secure you a restricted license so that you can continue commuting to your job or to school.
Once you are arrested for driving drunk in Barstow or Baker, CA, you will face charges for DUI under Vehicle Code 23152(a) as well as Driving with Excessive Blood Alcohol Content under Vehicle Code 23152(b). However, if the incident involved injury, or if you have had several drunk driving charges in the past, then an otherwise-standard DUI may be treated as a California felony DUI.
DUI cases often span six months or more, during which time we compile evidence, file motions, and bargain with prosecutors in an effort to dismiss or reduce your charges. And for misdemeanor DUI in Barstow, we can almost always appear in court in your place throughout the entire case (unless you decide that we take the case to trial and you testify).
The usual penalties for a first-offense Barstow DUI comprise the following:
- Moderate fines, typically between $390 to the low four-figures, but we may be able to convert the fine requirement to community service.
- About three years of probation.
- A six-month suspension of your driver's license (though we are usually able to secure a restricted license that allows driving to and from work, and you should be able to continue driving without restrictions if you agree to get an ignition interlock device installed).
- A DUI School program (read below for more information).
- Two days to six months in jail, which we can usually get suspended or switched over to community service.
Punishment for subsequent DUIs are more stringent and include jail time, fines, longer alcohol education programs, and required ignition interlock devices in your car.
If you are arrested for a DUI, chances are you will be booked at: Barstow Jail at 225 E. Mountain View. Their phone number is (760) 256-4846.
Your case will then be administered in: Department 5 of the Barstow Courthouse, at 235 East Mountain View Avenue. Their phone number is (760) 256-4758.
DUI matters are usually heard only on Fridays, and the San Bernardino County D.A.'s office (not the city attorney's office) prosecutes them. You can ask for information about DUI School and other matters related to your case at the front desk.
If you plea to or are convicted of drunk driving in Barstow, then you will certainly be ordered to complete a DUI School program. When determining how long it will be, the judge considers your blood alcohol content at the time of the arrest and whether you have had past DUIs, though of course we will argue for the shortest possible program.
One local DUI Schools is the Jackson-Bibby Awareness Group, Inc. It offers a First Offender program as well as an Eighteen-month program.
It is located at 222 East Main St. Suite 218, Barstow, CA 92311, and their phone number is 760-256-6114.
Please call us at (760) 430-0400 right away to schedule a free consultation with one of our Barstow DUI defense lawyers. Our goal is to keep you out of jail, to save your driver's license, and to fight for the best possible outcome for your case.