Arrested for Drunk Driving in California?
San Jose DUI Lawyer Serving Clients in Santa Clara County
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious criminal offense, and DUI charges can have a severe impact on your life. A conviction can limit on your ability to get to work and pay the bills. These charges can also affect your potential to find housing and employment in the future. Additionally, depending on the severity of your alleged crime, you may face financial penalties or possibly even prison time. Even worse, field sobriety tests and even blood tests are often faulty, which may result in a false conviction. With so much at stake, you should always contact an experienced DUI lawyer after an arrest. An attorney can scrutinize the evidence against you and help you mount a strong defense to protect your rights.
At the Law Offices of Thomas Nicholas Cvietkovich, we understand that good people sometimes find themselves in tough situations. We believe a DUI charge does not have to ruin your life and are prepared to help you defend yourself against drunk driving charges. Our office is conveniently located in San Jose and we serve clients throughout the Bay Area and Santa Clara County in California. We live where you live, so you know that our local DUI attorneys are sincere about protecting your rights when you need it most.
Do I Need a DWI Lawyer?
You should always seek help from an experienced lawyer as soon as possible after a drunk driving arrest. It may seem like your case is fairly straightforward, but drunk driving law is complex and every case is unique. Without legal training, you may not understand how best to defend yourself. Additionally, a lawyer can properly examine evidence and dispute faulty tests, if necessary.
You may also consider using a public defender, but this comes with problems. With their high volume of case loads, public defenders will not always be able to give your case the attention it deserves for a favorable outcome. Adding to the complexity, DUI arrests usually lead to a criminal court case and license suspension proceedings through the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Choosing the right attorney does not have to be difficult. The Law Offices of Thomas Nicholas Cvietkovich has been defending DUI charges in Santa Clara County for over a decade. When you hire our DUI defense lawyer, we bring proven advantages to your case. We have regional experience, which can be a big advantage for your case. Our firm has the passion to successfully defend you through your charges and help you move on with your life.
What Are the Penalties for Drunk Driving?
Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is against the law. A blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher constitutes “drunk driving.” The penalties for even a first DUI offense can be severe, significantly affecting your daily activities. Criminal and administrative consequences may include:
- License suspension. Drunk driving carries with it a driver’s license suspension. This can happen even if it is your first drunk driving offense. Additionally, you may be required to install and use an ignition interlock device, or IID.
- Fines and other costs. The price tag on your ticket is just the beginning. Your insurance could be revoked, making it difficult to get your vehicle road ready. Otherwise, your insurer will almost certainly raise your premiums. Additionally, if the court requires you to complete an alcohol treatment program, then expect to pay for that as well.
- Jail or community service. There is a real chance you could go to jail for a DUI conviction. Sometimes, the courts will order hours of community service instead. Either way, these penalties will encumber your life.
Additionally, there are many factors that can contribute to the consequences of a DUI case, such as prior history, resulting injuries, and others. As a member of the California DUI Lawyers Association, attorney Nick Cvietkovich is equipped to handle the details from drunk driving cases of all types. This includes aggravated and felony DUI, cases involving commercial driver’s licenses, accident-related DUI and field sobriety testing.
Need Help With a DUI Charge in San Jose? Call Our Aggressive DUI Attorney
After being charged with a DUI, you need a lawyer who will answer your questions quickly and accurately, and who can develop the best defense possible. Let the Law Offices of Thomas Nicholas Cvietkovich help you take control of your drunk driving criminal case with a passionate and expert counsel. Our law firm knows how to use the resources available to help you save time, money and your reputation.
Having handled more than 4,000 cases in his career, attorney Nick Cvietkovich can help minimize the impact to your life. He will work with prosecutors to have your charges and penalties reduced, if possible. Call our offices today at (408) 898-9653 or contact us through our online form to schedule a free consultation.
Conveniently based in San Jose, we serve clients in Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Fremont, Milpitas, Campbell, Cupertino, Palo Alto, Los Gatos, Saratoga, Gilroy, Morgan Hill, San Francisco, Oakland, Hollister, Salinas, Monterey, Santa Cruz and other communities.