FIGHTING FOR YOUR RIGHT TO RETAIN YOUR DRIVING PRIVILEGES IN CALIFORNIA
WHY DO YOU NEED A DUI LAWYER?
Many people assume that if a police report says you were driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI) and your chemical test shows .08 or more, there is no defense to the charges. But police reports are highly subjective, and chemical tests are not foolproof. At the Law Offices of Richard Dudek you deal with a former prosecutor turned Sacramento criminal defense attorney who knows every nuance of DUI prosecution. Richard Dudek and his team of experienced criminal investigators are skilled at unearthing details that exonerate you and undermine the prosecution.
WHAT A DUI ATTORNEY CAN DO FOR YOU
Your best defense against a DUI (sometimes called driving while intoxicated, or DWI) is predicated on both facts and law — and there are always two versions of the facts. Disputing the prosecution’s case means challenging:
- The constitutionality of the traffic stop
- The validity of the field sobriety tests (FSTs)
- The accuracy of the chemical test
- The constitutionality of prior convictions
- The causation, if someone was killed or injured
Richard Dudek prosecuted hundreds of DUI cases in Sacramento as a California deputy district attorney. He knows the strengths and weaknesses of the prosecutor’s case and uses his experience to seek dismissal or reduction of the charges. If you have prior DUI convictions, our firm can review those priors to see if we can challenge them. If you face felony charges because of an injury attributed to your drinking and driving, we help you gather the facts that mitigate charging and sentencing.
TENACIOUS VEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER DEFENSE
If your drinking and driving involved a fatal accident, Richard Dudek is a tenacious vehicular manslaughter defense lawyer. He and his team of private investigators thoroughly review the accident scene, the accident report and claims of causation to mount a strong defense against vehicular manslaughter charges. The prosecution has wide latitude when it comes to charging DUI resulting in injuries or death. A DUI with injury can be a misdemeanor or a felony. If a DUI results in a fatality, the prosecutor can charge repeat offenders with second-degree murder. Competent legal advocacy can get you lighter punishment.
LICENSE SUSPENSION AFTER A DUI ARREST — ONLY TEN DAYS TO TAKE ACTION
A big concern following a DUI arrest is the ability to drive. In California, driving is a necessity for getting to work, getting children to school and shopping for groceries. Two immediate consequences of a DUI arrest are higher insurance rates and a suspended driver’s license. You only have ten days to seek an administrative hearing at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to contest your license suspension. If you do not appear, the administrative officer at the DMV reviews the police report and automatically upholds the suspension. The Law Offices of Richard Dudek can appear at the hearing and challenge the suspension on your behalf.
INSURANCE CONSEQUENCES OF A DUI
In California, your insurance policy is almost always given “assigned risk” status upon arrest for DUI or the suspension of your driver’s license. This means standard insurance policies are not available. Your insurance company assigns you to an expensive high-risk insurance plan. Driving without insurance is not an option — that can result in a four-year driver’s license suspension — and if you are on probation for DUI, driving without a license can land you in jail.
RESOLUTE DUI DEFENDER HANDLES EVERY TYPE OF DUI OFFENSE
The Sacramento Law Offices of Richard Dudek is familiar with every kind of DUI case, from misdemeanor first offenses to DUI murder felonies. Our adept, skillful criminal law professional, Richard Dudek , meets with you personally to review your case and provide seasoned legal advice. Contact us today online or by telephone (916) 444-7595 to arrange a consultation.