Charged With A DUI?

If you are arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, marijuana, prescription medication or other drugs, you face serious consequences. You need an attorney who will do more than accompany you to court and walk you through the system.

In California, blood alcohol content of .08 or above is over the legal limit. Conviction may result in fines, imprisonment, mandatory treatment programs, increased insurance rates and even loss of employment for workers with a commercial driver's license.

While other DUI defense lawyers are quick to accept reduced charges and move on to their next case, at Fitch Law Office, in San Francisco, we fight DUI charges aggressively if it is in a client's best interest.

California laws provide judges a number of options in punishing people who are convicted of driving under the influence. Our ultimate goal is to keep you out of jail and limit the long-term impact that a DUI arrest has on your employment, ability to drive and other aspects of your life.

Recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions have changed the landscape of DUI defense. Attorney Fitch is committed to staying current with changes in the law that may dramatically improve the outcome of your case.

Drunk Driving Charge Attorney In San Francisco

We review every aspect of your arrest to determine if your constitutional rights were violated. Even veteran police officers have violated individuals' rights during DUI arrests. These violations may be enough to have charges reduced or dismissed.

We also pay attention to the manner in which breath tests are administered or a blood or urine sample is taken. Breathalyzer machines are known for obtaining false readings. It is also important to challenge how blood samples are administered, collected and preserved. Many times authorities do not follow the strict guidelines required regarding time frames or procedures when administering these tests.

Attorney Fitch has completed extensive training on the operation and maintenance of breath testing machines and blood sample procedures used by California authorities. A challenge on the admissibility of the breath or blood test results can lead to reduced charges or a complete dismissal.

We Will Also Assist You With Your DMV Hearing

When you are arrested for DUI in San Francisco or any part of California, you must address the criminal charges against you as well as the suspension of your California driver's license at the California DMV. The criminal DUI case and the driver's license suspension are two completely different cases.

It is critical to contact the Department of Motor Vehicles to request a suspension hearing within 10 days of your arrest. If you fail to do so, you waive the right to retain your driver's license and your license will be suspended automatically even if your criminal DUI case is dismissed.

If you face criminal charges and need to speak with an experienced attorney, call 415-906-3440 or email us to schedule a consultation.