DUI Lawyer in San Diego

Serving Clients in San Diego, Orange & Riverside Counties

Facing charges for driving under the influence (DUI) in Southern California is difficult under any circumstances. However, most clients who hire our firm are concerned not just with consequences from the court but with collateral consequences impacting other areas of their lives. 

This could include but is not limited to clients maintaining professional licenses, those in the military, those with security clearances, employment and career consequences, and immigration effects. If those or any other potentially devastating consequences apply to you, you’re going to need a lawyer who understands not only what is at stake for you but also knows how to structure your case to minimize those consequences.

We also defend clients with multiple offenses or probation violations who face significant jail time. Our clients have included professional athletes, politicians, CEOs of Fortune 10 companies, doctors, lawyers, judges, police officers, firefighters, and armed forces members. 

At The Law Offices of Casey & Angelos, we practice 100% DUI defense and focus this practice on the most difficult cases. Our results speak for themselves, which is why most of our cases come from referrals from prior clients, other attorneys, and court personnel, including judges, bailiffs, and court reporters, who have witnessed firsthand our firm’s ability to handle complicated cases effectively. 

Situations That Can Enhance Your Punishment

Certain circumstances will automatically increase your penalties or even raise your charges to a felony level. Those include:

  • Having a BAC of .15% or higher
  • Driving under the influence at an excessive speed
  • Driving under the influence with a child in the car
  • Driving under the influence in a construction zone
  • Driving under the influence in an accident that injures or kills another person
  • Having prior DUI convictions
  • Being on probation for a prior DUI

In addition, if you reach a fourth DUI conviction within 10 years, your charge will be bumped to a felony. Your prior record is a crucial factor in your penalties, so defending yourself against a DUI charge is critical.

The Complex Nature of California DUI Charges

Even in “simple” or “standard” cases, DUI defense in California is considered one of the most technically, factually, and legally complex criminal cases. In cases involving the situations mentioned above, they can become even more complicated.

The factors complicating DUI include their scientific complexity due to intricate evidence, including blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels and toxicity reports. Understanding these reports requires a thorough knowledge of forensic science. For instance, BAC levels are determined through breathalyzer or blood tests, which can have potential errors and inaccuracies.

California DUI Law

California's DUI laws are inherently complex and constantly evolving. They involve numerous statutes, case law precedents, and administrative license suspension laws. Moreover, these laws often intersect with other areas of law, such as constitutional law (e.g., Fourth Amendment rights against unlawful searches and seizures).

Every DUI case is unique and involves its own set of facts. This includes the circumstances leading up to the arrest, the behavior of the accused during the arrest, the procedures followed by the police, etc. All these factors need to be meticulously examined to build a strong defense.

Law enforcement must follow strict protocols during DUI stops, field sobriety tests, and chemical testing. Any deviations from these protocols could lead to evidence being thrown out, making it crucial for defense attorneys to scrutinize every detail of the case.

The consequences of a DUI conviction in California can be severe, including hefty fines, mandatory alcohol education programs, probation, and jail time. In addition, it can lead to driver's license suspension, increased insurance premiums, and potential employment issues.

Recognized as a Leader in California DUI Defense

Combining these factors makes DUI defense in California incredibly challenging, requiring intensive knowledge and experience from attorneys. 

Because The Law Offices of Casey & Angelos generally limits its caseload to only the most challenging and complex cases, our attorney has gained an extensive understanding of this field of law in 25+ years of practice. His professional accomplishments have earned the recognition of such organizations as The National College for DUI Defense, the California DUI Lawyers Association, Avvo, and Super Lawyers. 

Discuss Your Case with Our Attorney 

The sooner you discuss your case with our attorney, the sooner we can build your defense. Close interaction that makes strong attorney-client relationships allows us to better advocate for you inside and outside the courtroom. 

Get the help you need to defend yourself, your career, and your future today. 

To schedule your free initial consultation, please call our office at (888) 412-6491 or (888) 412-6491 or reach out to us online.

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The Complex Nature of California DUI Charges

Even in “simple” or “standard” cases, DUI defense in California is considered one of the most technically, factually, and legally complex criminal cases. In cases involving the situations mentioned above, they can become even more complicated.

The factors complicating DUI include their scientific complexity due to intricate evidence, including blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels and toxicity reports. Understanding these reports requires a thorough knowledge of forensic science. For instance, BAC levels are determined through breathalyzer or blood tests, which can have potential errors and inaccuracies.

California DUI Law

California's DUI laws are inherently complex and constantly evolving. They involve numerous statutes, case law precedents, and administrative license suspension laws. Moreover, these laws often intersect with other areas of law, such as constitutional law (e.g., Fourth Amendment rights against unlawful searches and seizures).

Every DUI case is unique and involves its own set of facts. This includes the circumstances leading up to the arrest, the behavior of the accused during the arrest, the procedures followed by the police, etc. All these factors need to be meticulously examined to build a strong defense.

Law enforcement must follow strict protocols during DUI stops, field sobriety tests, and chemical testing. Any deviations from these protocols could lead to evidence being thrown out, making it crucial for defense attorneys to scrutinize every detail of the case.

The consequences of a DUI conviction in California can be severe, including hefty fines, mandatory alcohol education programs, probation, and jail time. In addition, it can lead to driver's license suspension, increased insurance premiums, and potential employment issues.

Recognized as a Leader in California DUI Defense

Combining these factors makes DUI defense in California incredibly challenging, requiring intensive knowledge and experience from attorneys. 

Because The Law Offices of Casey & Angelos generally limits its caseload to only the most challenging and complex cases, our attorney has gained an extensive understanding of this field of law in 25+ years of practice. His professional accomplishments have earned the recognition of such organizations as The National College for DUI Defense, the California DUI Lawyers Association, Avvo, and Super Lawyers. 

Discuss Your Case with Our Attorney 

The sooner you discuss your case with our attorney, the sooner we can build your defense. Close interaction that makes strong attorney-client relationships allows us to better advocate for you inside and outside the courtroom. 

Get the help you need to defend yourself, your career, and your future today. 

To schedule your free initial consultation, please call our office at (888) 412-6491 or (888) 412-6491 or reach out to us online.

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  • I was not drunk. Can I be charged with DUI for smoking marijuana or taking prescription medications?
    If you were arrested for DUI but didn’t have alcohol in your system, you can still be charged with DUI. There are a number different charges associated with misdemeanor and felony DUI. You can be charged with an (f) count if you consumed any intoxicating drugs, regardless of whether they are illegal or prescription. But, if you were under the influence of both alcohol and drugs, then you can be charged with an (e) count for driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
  • Aren’t the police supposed to read me my Miranda rights?
    It seems like common sense that an officer must read you your Miranda rights. Although this is true in a situation where you are being interrogated, for purposes of DUI, you don’t have that same right. Many times an officer will ask you questions prior to administering field sobriety tests and placing you under arrest. These questions have been classified as “pre-investigatory” questions and are not subject to Miranda. Therefore, it is important you speak with an experience DUI Defense Firm to know whether or not the failure to read you your rights will affect your case.
  • I was involved in an accident and someone was injured. Will I be charged with a Felony?
    Maybe. You can be charged with Felony DUI whenever anyone other than yourself is injured. Even if the injuries were to a friend and their injuries are minor, you can still be charged with a felony. Penalties for a Felony DUI can be severe because your can face time in prison.