Defense Against First Offense DUI & Multiple DUI Offenses with a DUI Lawyer
DUI lawyer Jeffrey E. Hammond in Napa, California, has a reputation for successful, strong legal advocacy for its DUI clients. DUI charges have serious impacts, including loss of freedom, fines, greatly increased auto insurance rates and limits, or loss on driving privileges. Multiple DUI offenses mean that penalties go up exponentially. You can be convicted of DUI based on Field Sobriety Tests alone. Police observations by themselves can result in a conviction based solely on police officer training and experience.
If you have been arrested or charged with DUI, you need to contact a DUI criminal defense lawyer immediately. There are administrative, as well as criminal, penalties for a DUI conviction.
If you are from out of state, it’s simply not practical to travel all the way back for court. DUI lawyer Hammond can help make the process less painful and make all appearances for you – you may not even have to step inside the courtroom.
Northern California Drunk Driving Defense Attorney Fights to Protect Your Rights
A Department of Motor Vehicles administrative hearing must be scheduled within 10 calendar days of a DUI arrest. This is crucial to have the best potential to minimize possible restrictions on your driving privileges.
If you have been arrested or charged with DUI, you need to contact a DUI criminal defense lawyer immediately. There are administrative, as well as criminal, penalties for a DUI conviction. A Department of Motor Vehicles administrative hearing must be scheduled within 10 calendar days of a DUI arrest. This is crucial to have the best potential to minimize possible restrictions on your driving privileges.
Misdemeanor DUI charges can be handled by Napa DUI lawyer Jeffrey Hammond who can make the first court appearance for you. You will not have to miss work time, and are saved the stress and inconvenience of having to appear in court.
Jeffrey Hammond also represents clients with more serious DUI charges, including out-of-county residents and visitors to the state, and commercial drivers who have been arrested or charged with DUI. He will present your options and help you navigate the complex legal process of criminal court proceedings.
DUI Defense Lawyer Serving Sonoma County, Solano County and Napa County
Have you been arrested for DUI (driving under the influence)? If you reside in Napa County or live in a surrounding county or even another state and were arrested for drunk driving in or around Napa, California, DUI lawyer Hammond can help.
At the Law Office of Jeffrey E. Hammond, we help drivers who have been arrested for DUI or any related offense in Napa County, Sonoma County or Solano County. We understand that these cases are important and that you may be in danger of losing your driver’s license, facing imprisonment and also having to pay heavy fines. Let Napa DUI lawyer Jeffrey Hammond provide you with the level of committed and experienced legal counsel that you deserve. In addition to helping drivers who have been arrested for a first-time DUI offense, we also help drivers facing multiple DUI charges.
Defending Drunk Driving Charges in Napa, California
Defending a driver against drunk driving charges is never easy. However, with the right approach and a thorough investigation your lawyer may be able to build a defense based upon:
- An unlawful police stop
- An illegal arrest or failure to read Miranda rights
- Improper field sobriety testing
- An unrelated factor (weight, age, physical injury, illness, etc.) that led to failed field sobriety tests
- A breath test or blood test that was administered by an untrained or unqualified individual
- A breath test device that was improperly calibrated or maintained
The specific defense that an attorney may use on your behalf will depend on your unique case as well as what evidence of a rights violation or deviation of standard police procedure is uncovered. Contact Jeffrey E. Hammond today to learn more about how we can help with your case.
Napa County DUI Lawyer: Multiple DUI
Facing DUI charges is serious enough, but when a driver has previous convictions for drunk driving on his or her record, this will result in enhanced penalties. In addition to facing an extended term of imprisonment, a longer term of license suspension and higher fines, a driver is likely to face mandatory minimum penalties to be enforced, potentially eliminating the ability to avoid jail time altogether. A fourth DUI offense may even be charged as a felony, punishable by up to 3 years in prison.
Although the penalties for multiple DUI offenses are harsh and you may feel that you have little to no chance of avoiding a conviction, you never truly know what can be done for you until you talk to an experienced Napa County DUI lawyer about your specific situation.
Contact a Napa DUI Defense Attorney Today!
If you or a loved one is facing a second, third or subsequent DUI offense in Napa County, Solano County or Sonoma County, please do not hesitate to contact attorney Jeffrey E. Hammond today. You will need aggressive representation to challenge the current charges you are facing, as well as to possibly contest a prior DUI conviction. By evaluating your particular case and conducting a complete investigation into every aspect of your charges, Attorney Hammond can determine the best approach.
For example, you may have been unlawfully arrested. The officer who pulled you over in the first place may have lacked probable cause do to so, or the breathalyzer device that was used to test your blood alcohol concentration was not properly calibrated as per state standards. In any of these situations, a lawyer experienced with DUI defense in Napa County would be able to use this to your advantage.
For more information about how you can fight your multiple DUI charges, contact Napa DUI defense attorney Jeffrey E. Hammond today.
Field Sobriety Testing
Field sobriety testing is intimately associated with DUI offenses in Napa County, California. When a driver is pulled over for suspected drunk driving, the law enforcement officer will most likely ask the driver to step out of the vehicle and perform specific tests to gauge balance, coordination and an ability to follow instructions.
These factors are meant indicate whether a driver’s natural abilities are impaired due to alcohol and/or a controlled substance. However, field sobriety tests have their faults. Even if you were pulled over for DUI and failed field sobriety testing, an attorney may still be able to effectively defend you against a conviction.
Challenging Field Sobriety Tests
There are three tests labeled as Standardized Field Sobriety Tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that will most likely be administered in the event of a Napa DUI arrest. These include the walk and turn test, one leg stand and horizontal gaze nystagmus. The driver will be required to walk in a straight line, heel to toe, stand on one leg, or follow an object with his or her eyes. The problem with these test and other field sobriety tests is that a driver may fail even when he or she is entirely sober. For example, age and weight may affect a driver’s ability to walk in a straight line or stand on one leg. Even the shoes a driver is wearing or the condition of the pavement may affect a driver’s performance. Additional factors to consider may include: nervousness, illness, or weariness.
Contact a Napa County DUI Lawyer
If you were arrested for DUI and failed field sobriety tests, contact Napa County DUI lawyer Jeffrey E. Hammond today. With his experience and knowledge to build a compelling defense on your behalf, Attorney Hammond may be able to successfully challenge field sobriety test results and represents clients facing DUI and multiple DUI charges throughout Sonoma County, Napa County and Solano County, California.
Jeffrey E. Hammond
Your Attorney at Law in the Napa Valley
845 Jefferson St.
Napa, CA 94559