Law Offices of Erik Steven Johnson

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San Jose DUI Defense Lawyer

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Experienced Drunk Driving Defense Attorney Serving Santa Clara, Palo Alto, Milpitas, and Sunnyvale

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Each year, thousands of people are charged with driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol in the State of California. Many of these arrests occur, however, due to aggressive law enforcement that causes innocent drivers to be unfairly arrested and charged. At the Law Offices of Erik Steven Johnson, we are dedicated to defending clients against DUI charges ranging from first-time offenses to felony drunk driving. Having helped many individuals in California respond to DUI arrests, Attorney Erik Johnson can apply his experience to your case and make sure your charges are resolved as quickly as possible.

Penalties for Driving Under the Influence

The exact penalties for a DUI conviction depend on the jurisdiction, judge, and facts of the case. Even first-time offenders can face substantial fines, jail time, and the installation of an ignition interlock device (IID) on any vehicle they own or use. If a person refuses a chemical test, he or she may be suspended for up to one year on a first offense or two or three years on subsequent offenses. The State of California also has a ten-year "look-back" period which can result in enhanced penalties for DUI convictions that have occurred during this timeframe. For individuals with multiple DUI convictions, installation of an IID is mandatory. Some drug DUIs are subject to the new IID rules, but suspensions are different and licensees may not be immediately eligible for a restricted license. Contact Attorney Erik Johnson for more information.

Potential Defenses to DUIs in California

There are several types of defenses that can be used in response to a driving under the influence (DUI) charge. Some of the most common arguments include:

  • Errors in Testing - If a blood alcohol content (BAC) test was incorrectly administered, a strong defense could be raised in response to these charges.
  • Defective Equipment - One of the most common defenses to a charge of driving under the influence is if the equipment used by law enforcement was defective.
  • Lack of Reasonable Suspicion - If the police lacked reasonable suspicion to stop a vehicle, then a skilled attorney can explain the facts and sway the judge or prosecution.

How a San Jose DUI Attorney Can Help

An experienced lawyer can assist those who are charged with driving under the influence in several ways, including:

  • Arguing that the individual should be enrolled in diversion programs;
  • Creating a strong defense against elevated blood alcohol content levels;
  • Dismissal of the DUI charges;
  • Helping avoid increased penalties for multiple DUIs;
  • Providing representation at DMV hearings;
  • Reducing the charge to reckless driving; and
  • Striking allegations of a high BAC level or a record of prior DUIs.

Contact a Seasoned California DUI Lawyer

If you are convicted of a DUI, it can result in particularly severe penalties. Fortunately, criminal defense Attorney Erik Johnson aids clients in San Jose and the surrounding communities with DUI matter. He will create a strong legal strategy for your case and help you avoid negative legal consequences. Call our firm today at 408-246-3004 or complete our online contact form. We serve clients in Santa Clara County and throughout Campbell, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Saratoga, Palo Alto, and Milpitas. Se habla Español.

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