Defending DUI Cases


Being charged with a Driving Under the Influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) is a traumatic event – particularly in California where the government aggressively prosecutes the vast majority of the more than 200,000 people who get arrested for DUI every year.  California drivers facing prosecution have increasingly more at stake in defending their DUI cases as the consequences of DUI criminal convictions, as well as of the administrative license suspensions by the California Department of Vehicles (DMV), have become increasingly more severe.  This trend is taking place while, in general, defending DUI cases has become more challenging in recent years.  The driving under the influence laws change and get amended every year, almost always and almost without exception in favor of the prosecution through harsher consequences and DUI penalties.  Increasingly, court procedures and evidentiary rules are stacked against DUI criminal defense attorneys as the prosecution is required to provide less and less in terms of evidence and proof required for DUI convictions.  The prosecution of DUI cases tends to resemble an assembly line style conviction factory where the prosecution often does not get challenged by criminal defense DUI attorneys who give up on passionately and aggressively pursuing their clients’ cases in pursuit of dismissal or lesser penalties and consequences.

Just because the rules might be stacked against you, it does not mean that you are helpless if faced with a criminal DUI prosecution.  Your immediate response should be to seek thorough, complete and honest advice from knowledgeable, competent and dedicated attorneys such as our law firm.  At The Law Offices of Jacek W. Lentz, we will provide you with a comprehensive DUI consultation free of charge.  We will advise you on how your case can be beaten or mitigated and we will do so with integrity and without providing you with unrealistic expectations or false hopes.  While the laws have been changing to hinder your ability to defend yourself, DUI cases still can be beaten as you always have the right to be judged not by the judge or the prosecutor but in a trial by the jury of your peers.  Good results continue to be achievable if you have received honest and competent advice and you are represented by dedicated and energetic attorneys who do not tire while working on your behalf.

We are a Southern California DUI law firm, with our main office located in downtown Los Angeles, and with the history of representing DUI clients successfully throughout the Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, San Bernardino, Riverside, Bakersfield, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.  Our expertise and experience allows us to assist you in expertly navigating the complexities of both the DMV and the DUI criminal court system so that you can receive the best possible defense against your DUI charges.  Our ultimate goal always is to obtain dismissal of your DUI charges or, at the very least, minimize the impact a DUI arrest and criminal charges have on your life.

We encourage you to call us for a free consultation and advice regarding your particular situation.  Among other things we will be able to advise you and answer a lot of your questions, including the following:

  • How can my DUI case be defended and what is the likelihood that my criminal defense DUI attorney can defend me successfully?
  • What are the penalties and jail terms for DUI in California?
  • How do the penalties and jail terms differ if I have prior DUI convictions?
  • Do prior DUI convictions come off my criminal record after a certain time thus not enhancing DUI penalties and jail terms?
  • If convicted of a DUI, will my insurance rates be affected?
  • If convicted of a DUI, how will my driving privileges be affected?
  • If convicted of a DUI, will the conviction stay on my criminal record permanently?
  • If convicted of a DUI, what kind of fines will I have to pay?
  • How much will I have to pay in fines if I am convicted of a second or third time DUI?
  • Do I need to contact the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) if I am arrested for a DUI?
  • How soon do I have to contact the DMV in order to request and preserve my right to a DMV administrative hearing?
  • How are DMV proceedings different from my DUI criminal court case?
  • Can I drive to and from work if I lose my driving privileges because of a DUI conviction or license suspension by the DMV?
  • If I am given a pink “temporary license” slip by the arresting police officer, what does it mean and how long can I drive?
  • What is the possibility that I will be ordered to spend time in jail if convicted of a DUI?
  • How will my blood or breath test affect my DUI case?
  • How will the Field Sobriety Tests (FSTs) affect my DUI case?
  • If I refused to take a blood or breathalyzer test, how will this affect my DUI case and what possible penalties do I face?
  • What are the alternatives to a DUI conviction, such as a “wet reckless” or “exhibition of speed” charge?
  • What are my rights during a DUI traffic stop?