If you do not dispute your DUI within ten days of arrest, your license will be taken away automatically. That is why you need to be quick in taking action when it comes to DUI cases. In order to work towards the best outcome, hire a San Jose DUI attorney from our firm. At Scher, Bassett & Hames we have over 45 years of experience that we can pour into your case.
What Is at Stake in a DUI Case
If you are convicted of a DUI, you may need to pay an expensive fine. This can range from $1,400 for a first conviction to $3,000 for a third offense. You might also be required to spend 4 days to 6 months in jail for a first offense and serve extensive hours of community service. In some cases, the DMV will remove your license for up to three years and you may be required to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle. In addition to these penalties, your DUI can show up on your criminal record. This will make it difficult for you to apply for jobs, loans, or other processes that require a criminal background check. DUIs can be embarrassing and your reputation can be put at stake when you are charged with this crime.
Defending a San Jose DUI Charge
When it comes to DUIs, there is plenty of room for error. Police officers typically use breathalyzers to analyze a driver’s blood-alcohol content (BAC). Drivers over the age of 21 can be arrested if their BAC level exceeds 0.08%. Breathalyzers can be defective-producing high readings that may lead to a false arrest. As well, some police officers will conduct field sobriety checks in an unprofessional manner. When law enforcement officers use blood tests, the results can be tainted at the laboratory or mixed up with another guilty party’s results. When accused of a DUI, call our firm to get the legal representation you need. We will help you to work towards a satisfactory verdict and dispute any tainted or inadmissible evidence in your case.