DUI cases are challenging, but they can be won. Our Newport Beach DUI attorneys successfully defend DUI cases all the time.
Evidence that seems strong can be tossed out by the court. Police officers can bungle stops and DUI investigations by not following proper procedure. Blood alcohol BAC tests are prone to error and there are many ways they can give falsely high alcohol readings.
Depending on the facts of your case, there are many ways a skilled lawyer can dramatically improve the outcome:
1) Get your charges dismissed outright
This is the most favorable outcome because your record will be totally clear. This can happen if critical evidence is disqualified, if the evidence is insufficient to charge, or if your DUI defense attorney successfully negotiates dismissal.
2) Negotiate a reduction in charges
If the case cannot be dismissed nor defeated in trial, this is the best outcome. DUI penalties and consequences are set by statute in California, so the goal is to reduce the charges to something with lower penalties.
For example, if a DUI is reduced to a dry reckless driving charge (California Vehicle Code 23103 VC), it has greatly reduced penalties including no SR22 insurance requirement, not being considered a “priorable” offense for any future charges, and reduced consequences and fines. Our Newport Beach top rated DUI lawyer knows the courts, the District Attorneys and how to negotiate the best possible outcome.
3) Win an acquittal in trial
If you and your attorney decide to fight your case in a trial, acquittal is when the court determines you are not guilty of the charges. There are strict rules of evidence and procedures for California DUI trials.
A skilled DUI lawyer Newport Beach will carefully review all case evidence, the D.A. and the assigned judge to evaluate the odds of success and compare them to the best outcome that can be negotiated. In general, your odds of acquittal are higher if your DUI attorney can successfully argue that some crucial evidence is inadmissible or flawed.