Our Barstow and Baker CA DUI attorneys use every available defense to fight to save your license and to get your drunk driving charges reduced or dismissed. And often we can negotiate a favorable resolution without extensive litigation or going to trial.
In this article, our Barstow DUI defense attorneys provide the following information about local drunk driving laws and what we may do for your case:
1. What happens to my driver’s license?
Unlike other offenses which are dealt with only in criminal court, Barstow DUI cases involve the Department of Motor Vehicles as well. Once a person is arrested for a DUI in Barstow or Baker, CA, the police will confiscate his/her California driver’s license and give him/her a temporary one that is good for just one month. At that point, the defendant has only ten days to request a DMV hearing to argue against the suspension.
We highly recommend that you retain a California 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 – and if the DMV finds that you were driving under the influence – you should be able to continue driving with an ignition interlock device (IID).
2. What are the standard penalties?
The usual criminal punishments 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 driver’s license suspension (though you should be able to continue driving without restrictions if you agree to get an ignition interlock device installed).
- A DUI School program.
- Two days to six months of jail time, which we can usually get suspended or switched over to community service.
Note that people arrested for driving drunk in Barstow or Baker, CA, typically get charged for DUI under Vehicle Code 23152(a) as well as for Driving with Excessive Blood Alcohol Content under Vehicle Code 23152(b). But if the incident caused an injury – or if the driver has three drunk driving convictions in the past ten years – then an otherwise-standard DUI may be treated as a 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).
3. What is Barstow DUI school?
Even for a first drunk driving conviction, any California judge will order defendants to complete California DUI School. This is a several-month-long drug and alcohol education program. How long it goes depends on how many prior DUI convictions the defendants have and their BAC level at the time of the arrest.
One DUI School located in Barstow is:
Jackson-Bibby Awareness Group
Programs: First Offender; Eighteen-month
222 E. Main Street #218
Barstow, CA 92311
4. Who makes DUI arrests in Barstow?
DUI suspects on the I-15 are typically arrested by CHP law enforcement officers, who heavily patrol the highway between Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Otherwise, DUI arrests in Barstow could be conducted by officers from the Barstow Police Department. The station is located at 220 E. Mountain View St, Suite B, Barstow, CA 92311, and reachable at (760) 255-5111.
5. Where is the jail?
After a person gets arrested for a DUI in Barstow, chances are he/she will be booked at Barstow Jail at 225 E. Mountain View, Barstow, CA 92311. Their phone number is (760) 256-4846.
6. Where is the Barstow DUI courthouse?
Barstow DUI cases are administered in Department 5 of the Barstow Courthouse, at 235 East Mountain View Avenue, Barstow CA, 92311. Their phone number is (760) 256-4758.
DUI matters are usually heard only on Fridays, and the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office (not the city attorney’s office) prosecutes them.
7. Who is attorney Michael Scaffidi?
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 DUI causing injury to felony DUI and gross vehicular manslaughter cases.
If you get arrested for driving drunk, our Barstow DUI lawyers are here to fight for the best possible outcome in your criminal case. And if necessary, we are also prepared to take your case to trial. Phone our criminal defense lawyers at (909) 863-5500 to schedule a free consultation on your DUI charges. The law office of Shouse Law Group serving Barstow is located at:
432 N Arrowhead Ave
San Bernardino, CA 92408
Our criminal defense attorneys have years of experience providing legal representation to DUI / DWI clients in the San Francisco Bay Area, Berkeley, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Riverside County, Orange County, San Bernardino County, West Covina, Inland Empire, Long Beach, Victorville, Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario, Pleasanton, Hayward, and elsewhere in north, central, and southern California state.
We defend against all types of legal issues, from traffic tickets and drug crimes to sex crimes and white collar crimes and domestic violence. Our legal team’s practice areas include personal injury and family law as well as criminal defense.
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