Sacramento County DUI Lawyer

Have You Been Arrested for Driving Under the Influence?

At The Chastaine Law Office, we understand that a DUI charge is serious, and facing a possible DUI conviction can be overwhelming. You may be afraid it will harm your reputation, jeopardize a Professional license and possibly lead to jail time. If your job relies on you driving, then the mandatory license suspension can potentially cost you your job.

A conviction can also affect your employment prospects in the future. It’s critical that you speak to an Sacramento County DUI attorney about your case. Our legal team has over 30 years of experience representing individuals facing DUI charges.

Facing criminal charges?

Our Sacramento County criminal defense attorneys are ready to fight for you. Contact The Chastaine Law Office to schedule a consultation and begin your defense today.

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Learn How to Survive DUI Arrest

Attorney Michael Chastaine saw the need for writing his book on “How to Survive a DUI Arrest: What You Need to Know” after defending thousands of DUI clients. He has passed that knowledge to the other attorneys in his office and together they work as a team to get you the best possible outcome. Clients are frequently surprised to learn about the many possible defenses for DUI charges.

Here is an excerpt from Attorney Mike Chastaine’s book, “How to Survive a DUI Arrest: What you NEED to Know”:
“No one expects to be arrested for driving under the influence (DUI). For most people, when it happens, it is a real eye-opener and likely a SHOCK.

Your neighbors, co-workers, and the community at large, see these charges as very serious, because of the thousands of lives lost each year in accidents that involve drivers who were under the influence.

Even more people are impacted in life-changing ways because of injuries sustained in accidents. The ripple effect of these incidents widens the circle to an even broader scope that includes spouses, children, other family members, and employers.

So many lives are potentially affected when a person makes the decision to get behind the wheel after having too much to drink. Among the lives impacted is yours. The pain and shock of finding yourself in this predicament can become overwhelming and difficult to manage.”

Possible Defenses for DUI Charges

Clients are often surprised to hear that there are possible defenses for avoiding the penalties for DUIs.

At The Chastaine Law Office, we evaluate your case for numerous possible defenses, including:

  • You weren’t the driver.
  • Officer lacked probable cause to stop your car.
  • Breathalyzer was malfunctioning or improperly maintained.
  • There was no volitional movement of the car.
  • Medical condition caused you to
    falsely go above the BAC limit on the breath test.
  • Improper storage of your blood sample.
  • Alternative explanations for your poor performance on the field sobriety tests.
  • The officer
    did not follow Title 17 regulations when administering the breath test.
  • “Rising Blood Alcohol” can mean your system was actually below
    the 0.08 legal limit for at the time of driving even though it was over
    0.08 when you did the chemical test.

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How a Skilled DUI Attorney Can Help You

When you’re stopped for DUI, police officers cannot do a preliminary sobriety test without your consent. However, you could still get arrested if the police have reason to believe you were driving under the influence; and if you’re arrested, California’s implied consent laws say that refusal to do a chemical test could mean losing your license and paying a hefty fine. The police could also use your refusal as evidence that you were driving under the influence.

What you can do is observe and try to remember as many details about your arrest as possible. The police officer must have a legal reason for believing that you were under influence, and therefore for recommending the test or for putting you under arrest. Ask the officer why you were pulled over; if they can’t give you any reason, be sure to tell your lawyer. If a valid reason was given, you may give your consent; but try to remember everything the officer says. He/she must not force you to do the test; if you refuse the test, they must explain the consequences of your actions and tell you what you can and cannot do.

A DUI defense attorney can also try to have the blood alcohol content (BAC) test results thrown out by proving that the equipment was faulty at the time of the test. If there was a blood draw or urine sample taken, your lawyer can investigate how the sample was handled and watch out for any break in protocols concerning this.

Whatever the circumstances, get in touch with an experienced Sacramento County DUI lawyer as soon as you get arrested for DUI to ensure your rights are protected and you get proper legal guidance.

Tips for Handling a DUI Arrest

The DUI process can be methodical, but as long as you’re working with a lawyer you can trust, you always stand a fighting chance. Remember to stay collected and keep all of the following tips in mind while dealing with an otherwise very stressful and traumatic event.

Typically, the specific facts of your situation determine whether or not you have a viable strategy for defense. In the case that you do not have an obvious defense strategy, it’s still critical that you strive for the best plea agreement possible. By achieving the most favorable outcome, you mitigate the damage and are put in a position to achieve future success.