Have you been charged with driving while impaired in California and want to find out how an experienced defense lawyer would handle your case? Hands on and authoritative, this guide reveals the best strategies that veteran California DUI defense lawyer Steven Andrade employs as a longtime defense attorney and former prosecutor to defend DUI clients successfully. A widely recognized Santa Barbara defense attorney and courtroom strategist, Andrade walks readers through the complex blend of legal and scientific evidence that undergirds a successful DUI defense. He explains the levels of DUI charges in California, the role of the California Department of Motor Vehicles in DUI defense cases, and the various NHTSA-certified field sobriety tests. Additional tips include how to challenge questionable forensic evidence and how to overcome juror prejudice when selecting a jury.
As Andrade likes to point out, a DUI arrest can happen to anyone. And, if you have been arrested for DUI in California, it does not mean that you are guilty. A person who has taken prescription medication or decongestants can be charged with DUI.
As a defense attorney, Andrade is known for taking the toughest cases to trial and relying on his courtroom savvy. He has handled thousands of criminal cases and has been recognized as one of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100. As a former Ventura County assistant district attorney, Andrade knows firsthand the strategies that prosecutors use and how to identify weaknesses in prosecution cases when asserting the legal rights of his clients. None of this is to suggest that a person charged with DUI should represent his or her self. The book makes clear the importance of enlisting the representation of a skilled DUI attorney right from the start so you can begin to fight the charge immediately and avoid making any missteps that would harm your case.
Steven Andrade grew up near San Francisco. He graduated with high honors from San Francisco State University and received his Juris Doctor degree in 1977 from UC Davis Law School, where he made law review.
Strategies for Defending DUI Cases in California, 2015 edition offers readers an in depth understanding of the many steps that successful defense attorneys must take to present a successful DUI defense.