Q – What is DUI?
A - Driving under the influence. It is sometimes called DWI, or DUI in some places. DUI is a driver’s inability to adequately operate a vehicle as a result of an intoxicating substance, whether the substance is alcohol, narcotics, prescription drugs, or over-the-counter medication.
Q – I was drinking and driving. Shouldn’t I just plead guilty or no contest and move on with my life?
A – No. Drunk driving laws and the consequences typically depend on a number of factors surrounding the case. Drunk driving is a very common, but unacceptable situation in our society. People are killed by drunk drivers every day. As a result, there is pressure on police officers and the District Attorney to arrest and prosecute even stronger. The police and prosecutor are trying to “teach a lesson”. Unfortunately, some police officers are looking too hard for that DUI arrest, and may violate your constitutional rights in the process. It is important that you hire a local Bakersfield criminal lawyer that understands how police obtain evidence and how to protect your search and seizure rights. You need a local criminal lawyer in Bakersfield to help. Call us at 755-5757.
Q – I took the test and it was over the limit. Shouldn’t I just accept it and plead guilty?
A – No. Not until you’ve called Fred Gagliardini, a local Bakersfield criminal lawyer, at 755-5757. I will review the police reports, laboratory reports, and give you an honest opinion about whether the police violated Constitutional search and seizure laws. There may be reasons that the breath analysis or laboratory blood analysis is invalid. There may be reasons that the blood alcohol value would be inadmissible in Court. Any conviction of DUI will haunt you for the rest of your life. Call local criminal attorneys Fred Gagliardini and Mary McGrath at 755-5757 for a consultation.
Q – But I really just want to plead guilty or no contest and get on with my life. Shouldn’t I just plead guilty and take my punishment?
A – No. Depending on the case, a DUI can result in prison, jail, probation, and/or parole. More importantly, you may have to pay expensive fines, insurance will skyrocket, undergo drug testing, and could lose your driving privilege. Sometimes forever. In some situations you could be required to install expensive devices on all of your cars that measure blood alcohol amounts. You may lose other types of licenses in certain cases. You could even lose your job !!! Your first decision should be to call Fred Gagliardini and Mary McGrath, local criminal defense attorneys at 755-5757.