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Have you been arrested for or charged with a DUI? You are not alone. A charge of driving under the influence or DUI can happen to anyone. In fact, California had 180,212 DUI arrests in 2011, according to the 2013 annual report to the California State Legislature.

A DUI charge in California may refer to any impairing substance, not just alcohol. According to California Vehicle Code §23152(a):

“It is unlawful for any person who is under the influence of an alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug, to drive a vehicle.”

Use of prescription antidepressants and painkillers and even over the counter antihistamines and decongestants, as well as alcohol, can lead to DUI arrest.

If you have been arrested for DUI, it does not mean that you are guilty. It is important to fight hard against DUI charges, as even a first conviction can result in harsh penalties and stay on your record, negatively impacting your future prospects. Steven R. Andrade is a foremost expert in DUI defense in California. He has successfully defended thousands of DUI cases in Santa Barbara and surrounding counties.

Top 5 Things You Need to Do If Arrested for a DUI

  1. If you have just finished drinking your alcohol level should be rising. Ask for the voluntary breath test ASAP. This will result in a lower reading.
  2. If you stopped drinking more than 90 minutes before police contact your alcohol level should be dropping. Do not submit to the voluntary breath test offered before the arrest. As time passes, your blood alcohol level will drop.
  3. After you are arrested, you are required by California law to take a breath test or blood alcohol test. If you refuse to cooperate, you will have your driver’s license suspended.
  4. You are not required to answer the officer’s questions about your eating and drinking pattern. If you believe you are not impaired by alcohol and you stopped drinking shortly before the driving, tell the officer. Otherwise, in worst cases, your answers to the officers questions will be used against you.
  5. Get guidance from an experienced DUI defense lawyer on your side as quickly as feasible after your DUI arrest. Your lawyer will seek a DMV hearing to have any driver’s license suspension stayed.

He is the BEST!

I contacted Mr. Andrade's office for my boyfriend who was in jail for his third DUI in a panic, late on a Sunday night. His office called me back that night and set up an appointment. I ended up meeting with one other lawyer and talking to several others over the phone. I'm so glad I went with Andrade. He FOUGHT for my boyfriend, kept me, my guy and his mother updated every step of the trial and got the result we were looking for in the face of many obstacles. Steven Andrade is the BEST!

– Amy R.
Santa Maria, CA

Things You Need to Know about DUI in California

At Andrade Law Offices, we believe our clients should be well informed about DUI for their own protection. For instance, should you agree to take a breath alcohol test after a traffic stop? Listen to Mr. Andrade’s Podcast: What you need to know about DUI stops.  To know more about DUI defense in the state of California, consider owning a copy of Steven Andrade’s book “Strategies For Defending DUI Cases In California.”

The more you know about impaired driving, the better prepared you can be to avoid these serious charges. For detailed information about DUI in California, go to:

Skilled Legal Defense Against your DUI Charges

After a DUI arrest, it is vital that you contact an experienced DUI defense lawyer to represent you. Steven R. Andrade, founding attorney of Andrade Law Offices, is a recognized expert in DUI defense in Santa Barbara. He has successfully defended thousands of DUI cases in Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, and San Luis Obispo counties.

Mr. Andrade is a former prosecutor who knows the Santa Barbara County court system inside and out. He is a fearless advocate who is tough on prosecutors and aggressively defends his clients. He is recognized as one of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers. You will want him on your side to fight your DUI charges. Do not fight them alone! We offer free DMV hearings for all DUI clients.

Consequences of a DUI Conviction

Even for your first DUI offense, you may face license suspension, jail time, fines, a DUI program, ignition interlock device installation, a license reissue fee, and a requirement of SR-22 filing. This filing is a certificate of financial responsibility for high-risk drivers provided by insurance companies to the DMV.

Penalties for conviction of second and subsequent offenses become increasingly harsher.

In addition to the criminal penalties you face, a DUI conviction could stay on your record permanently and damage your future employment, education, housing, and even relationship prospects. It makes sense to do everything possible to avoid a conviction.

Act now by calling our office for a free consultation. Our seasoned DUI defense attorney will fight aggressively for your rights and your freedom.