Oakland DUI Attorney

Have you been arrested for driving under the influence in Alameda County? If so, our Oakland DUI defense lawyers want to represent you. Our goal is to get your charges dismissed or reduced, and if you wish, we can always take your case all the way to trial.

Do not wait to call our Oakland DUI Defense lawyers at (510) 347-1500 for a free meeting with an Alameda County drunk driving attorney, and you can visit our offices at:

1999 Harrison Street
Suite 1800
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510) 347-1500

Below, our Oakland drunk driving lawyers give you information on various California DUI law topics and how our office can help your case:

Oakland DUI lawyer Jim Hammer
The DMV Hearing
The Criminal Case
DUI Penalties
Oakland Jail & Courthouse Information
Oakland DUI Schools

Oakland DUI lawyer Jim Hammer, Esq.

What sets Oakland DUI defense lawyer Jim Hammer apart from other attorneys is that he spent the first eighteen years of his career as a prosecutor! Therefore, he knows better than anyone how the D.A.'s Office decides to dismiss or negotiate down DUI charges. Now, Jim Hammer uses this precious insider knowledge to give YOU the most effective defense available.

Oakland DUI defense attorney Jim Hammer defends against every type of California DUI case there is, including misdemeanor DUI, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, and California felony DUI. He has chaired nearly fifty jury trials and won more than ninety percent of them. He practices all around the Bay Area, including East Bay, Oakland, Berkeley, as well as the rest of Alameda County.

Oakland criminal defense lawyer Jim Hammer received his degrees from Hastings Law School and UC Berkeley, and he taught Criminal Law at Santa Clara University Law School (which awarded him the "Professor of the Year" prize in 2004).

DMV Hearings in connection with an Alameda County DUI arrest

When you get arrested for driving under the influence in Alameda County, you not only have a criminal case to deal with -- you also have to contend with the Department of Motor Vehicles. The moment you are taken into custody, the police officer will swap your driver's license with a thirty-day temporary one. You then have to contact the DMV within ten days of your arrest to request a hearing, which is like a miniature trial, to argue against the license suspension.

If you hire a criminal defense attorney right away, we can request the hearing for you and appear on your behalf (as well as cross-examine witnesses and present evidence). If it is your first DUI, your license may get suspended for a few months, but second or third DUIs may result in lengthier license suspensions. Either way, we will probably be able to get you a restricted license so you can continue driving to work and to school.

Note that the DMV and courts may allow DUI defendants to continue driving as long as they install an ignition interlock device (IID) for a predetermined period of time. (California Senate Bill 1046)

For more information about DMV hearings, please read our short article on DMV hearings in connection with a California DUI arrest.

Criminal Cases resulting from an Oakland DUI arrest

Most Oakland DUI arrests result in misdemeanor charges under Vehicle Code 23152(a) and Vehicle Code 23152(b). However, a fourth DUI arrest in ten years will automatically be charged as a California felony DUI. Like most criminal matters, driving under the influence cases can last up to a year or more, but our Oakland DUI defense lawyers can usually make most (or all) of your court appearances for you so you do not have to miss work.

Oakland DUI Penalties and Sentencing

The typical penalties you may be sentenced to for pleading to California misdemeanor DUI (under Vehicle Code 23152(a) and Vehicle Code 23152(b)) are the following:

  • Fines of $1,000 or more
  • Three years or more of probation
  • A suspended driver's license for several months (though a "restricted license" for work and school purposes can usually be given, and you may be able to continue driving anywhere if you get an ignition interlock device (IID) in your car)
  • A California DUI School program (see below for more information)
  • Two days to six months in jail (which is almost always suspendable)

For successive Oakland DUIs, penalties become steeper. Fines are higher, jail time may be mandatory, DUI School will last longer, and the judge may order that you install an ignition interlock device in your car. (An ignition interlock device is a type of breathalyzer, and it is placed in the steering column of a vehicle.)

Oakland Jail and Courthouse Information

Oakland DUI arrestees can expect to be booked at the Glenn Dyer Detention Facility or Santa Rita Jail:

Glenn Dyer Detention Facility 
550 6th Street
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 268-7821

Santa Rita Jail
5325 Broder Blvd.
Dublin, CA 94568
(925) 551-6500

Minors arrested for DUI may be detained at Alameda County Juvenile Hall, and then their cases may be heard at Alameda County Juvenile Court, which are both located in the same facility:

Alameda County Juvenile Hall / Juvenile Court
2500 Fairmont Drive
San Leandro, CA 94578
(510) 667-4970

Oakland DUI cases are prosecuted by the Alameda County District Attorney's Office. The case will then be heard in either the Alameda County Courthouse or the Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse (contact information below). If you plead to or are convicted of driving under the influence, the courtroom clerk will provide you information about DUI School.

Alameda County Courthouse
1225 Fallon St.
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 891-6009

Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse
661 Washington St.
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 627-4702

Oakland DUI Schools

Even for a first drunk driving conviction, an Oakland judge will order you to complete California DUI School, a several-month-long drug and alcohol education program. How long it lasts depends on how many DUIs you have had and your BAC level at the time of the arrest. Two DUI Schools located in Alameda County that our Oakland DUI Defense lawyers recommend are:

Managed Health Network
Programs:  First Offender; Eighteen-month
344 Pendleton Way
Oakland, CA 94621
(510) 430-3699

Managed Health Network
Programs: Eighteen Month
11875 Dublin Blvd. Ste. D176
Dublin, CA 94568
(510) 430-3699

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