Riverside DUI Attorney
DUI Lawyer Defending Your Rights in Riverside
Driving Under the Influence is the most common criminal charge brought against individuals in our state, and the courts in Riverside are tough on DUI offenders. The penalty for a first-time offense ranges from a driver's license suspension, fines and alcohol abuse programs, to as much as 6 months in jail. The punishments escalate for a second, third or fourth DUI offense. If you are convicted of DUI, the conviction stays on your record for 10 years and could affect your credit, car insurance and employment status.
You must take a DUI charge seriously, as it could carry severe ramifications for your future. You need a Riverside DUI defense attorney with a track record of successfully representing people in your position, who has extensive familiarity of the legal technicalities of a drunk-driving case, and can employ proven strategies for your defense. Do not assume that if you were tested above the legal blood alcohol limit, your case is already lost. An attorney from The Law Offices of Thomas Wallin may be able to secure an exoneration or to have the charges reduced or dismissed.
Mr. Wallin is a tough negotiator who never takes the easy way out. He knows the details of the law and how to scrutinize the evidence for weaknesses in the case. His aggressive cross-examination of witnesses helps him win cases for his clients. As a former Public Defender for Riverside County, he is familiar with the courts, judges, District Attorneys and police officers in our area. With over 15 years of experience and a perfect score on attorney rating website Avvo, he knows how to get the results you need.
Field Sobriety Tests Many DUI arrests are based on the fact that the suspect failed the battery of standardized field sobriety tests developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, yet these tests are notoriously faulty and are often not admissible as evidence in court.
Court Process If your recent arrest for drinking and driving is your first involvement in the criminal justice system, you may be confused and overwhelmed by the situation. An attorney from the firm will guide you through the entire process, and you may even be able to avoid making an appearance in court.
Expungements In the event that you are convicted of DUI, you will end up with a criminal record which may follow you for years to come. It will come up every time you have to pass a background check, and you may be required to disclose the fact on applications for employment. Expungement offers you a chance to clear your record.
SR-22 One of the most expensive aspects of the sentencing for driving under the influence is the mandatory SR-22 certificate, a Financial Responsibility Form provided by your insurance carrier. An attorney from the firm may be able to help you avoid this requirement.
Charged with driving under the influence? Contact a Riverside DUI lawyer
at the firm today for a consultation and to learn more about your options for fighting the charges.