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07 May

Should You Reach Out to and hire a DUI Defense Attorney?

Posted by David Jones on May 07, 2014


If you have been arrested and charged with DUI in Fresno, Madera, Hanford, Tulare or Porterville and have questions related to your case, contact a DUI attorney who can form a strong defense for you based on the facts of your case.

Myth: There is nothing that a DUI defense lawyer can do.

Truth: Absolutely not true.  Over the last 10 years, the conviction rate for DUI's in California is only around 70%.  That means 30% are reduced to something less than a DUI or won outright. I can and do win DUI cases.  Do not give up and believe that you are destined to lose.  Pleading guilty to a DUI when there are problems with the evidence against you may be an extremely expensive mistake.

Myth: I consumed alcohol and drove, I must be guilty.

Truth: It is not a crime to drink and drive. It is a crime to have a .08% or greater blood alcohol concentration and drive, or, to be under the influence of alcohol and drive. If you are over 21 years old, had a drink, but were not under the influence of alcohol and had a blood alcohol level below .08% when driving, you have not committed a crime.

Myth: I will make it worse for myself by fighting.

Truth: Not true. Like it or not, you are a defendant in a criminal case. One hundred percent of criminal defendants that plead guilty are found guilty. The only way to make it better is to assert your rights. You will not be punished more by fighting the charges. You have a constitutional right to challenge the charges.

Myth: I can always get a public defender to help me.

Truth: Given the state of the economy the public defenders office will not just accept a case.  There are strict income requirements to qualify for the public defender.  You will have to provide your income situation to an open court at the time of your arraignment.  If you are on government assistance, for example, you should always qualify for the public defender.  However, just because you have bills and do not have much cash left over does not mean that you will qualify.

David Jones

David E. Jones is a Central Valley area DUI and criminal defense attorney who represents those accused of DUI and other crimes in both state and federal court. Mr. Jones has practiced criminal law throughout Fresno, Madera, Kings and Tulare counties since 1996. Mr. Jones was a Deputy District Attorney for Fresno County 12 years and has been an instructor for the Police Academy for over 10 years. He is an experienced and respected trial attorney.

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