Santa Barbara DUI Attorney
If you have been driving after drinking alcohol, you are not alone. Almost anybody may be arrested for DUI. More than 3.3 million college students aged 18 to 24 years old will operate vehicles this year while impaired by alcohol. Many of them will face DUI charges.
Why do so many students drive after drinking? Social pressure, unstructured time, and the availability of alcohol contribute to the all too common occurrence of college student DUI arrests.
If you are in college and facing your first DUI, it is important to get the legal help you need to fight aggressively against driver's license suspension and any criminal conviction. Besides the penalties you face, a DUI conviction can stay on your record permanently and adversely affect educational and employment opportunities. At Andrade Law Offices, we understand how devastating it can be to find yourself on the wrong side of the law with a DUI arrest. We know how important it is to have skilled and experienced legal representation. We also know that an experienced Santa Barbara DUI defense lawyer can make all the difference in the outcome of your case.
For those reasons, we offer discounted fees to college students facing first offense DUI charges. Call Andrade Law Offices at (805) 962.4944 today for a free consultation.
Penalties for DUI Conviction in Santa Barbara, CA
Anyone charged with DUI in Santa Barbara, California may face serious penalties, which vary depending on age, blood alcohol content (BAC), prior offenses, and the circumstances involved.
DUI penalties can include:
- Driver's license suspension
- Fines and fees
- Jail time
- DUI program completion requirements
- Ignition interlock device installation
- SR-22 (highrisk insurance) requirement
For students under the age of 21, California's “zero tolerance” laws will apply. As it is illegal for anyone under 21 to drink alcohol, the legal limit for underage drivers is only .01%, as opposed to .08% for adult drivers. Adult drivers can have their license suspended for a 4-month period for first offense DUI with .08% BAC or higher. The penalties are steeper for underage drivers, who can lose their driving privileges for an entire year with a probable BAC of .01% or higher.
Defending College Students Against DUI Charges
If you are in college and are facing DUI charges, remember that being charged is not the same as being convicted. As soon as possible after your arrest, consult with an experienced Santa Barbara DUI attorney and begin fighting the charges, and potential driver's license suspension, aggressively.
Mr. Andrade is a former prosecutor and Assistant Attorney General. He is extremely knowledgeable with respect to the prosecution and the defense of DUI cases. He has been recognized as one of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers. He is tough on the prosecution and fights hard for his clients. He has successfully handled thousands of DUI cases in Santa Barbara, Ventura, San Luis Obispo, and Los Angeles Counties. He wrote afree downloadable book, Strategies for Defending DUI Cases in California, that you can read and use. Steven leverages years of legal experience to pursue the best possible outcome for every client he represents.
There are a number of possible defenses against DUI, depending on the circumstances:
- Did the officer have probable cause to pull you over?
- Were your rights violated in the arrest?
- Were there possible explanations other than impairment for poor performance in field sobriety testing?
- Were field sobriety and chemical tests property conducted?
- Can the prosecution prove that your blood alcohol level was .08% or above at the time of driving, as opposed to the time of the test?
When you work with a Santa Barbara DUI lawyer at our firm, we will thoroughly investigate the facts surrounding your arrest and aggressively challenge any weaknesses in the prosecution's case against you. We know how important it is to your future to fight hard against DUI charges. We are dedicated to helping you pursue the most favorable outcome in your case.