If you were pulled over while driving in California and arrested for a DUI, you may still be able to beat the conviction. Just because you are an out of state resident does not mean that you are not entitled to the same level of legal counsel available for local drivers. Here are some tips for what to do it you have been charged with a DUI when visiting California:
Plead Not Guilty The Bill of Rights still applies in all DUI cases. If an officer pulls you over, you do not legally have to admit to drinking. Similarly, if you are charged with a DUI while visiting California, do not quickly plead guilty in order to be able to leave the state and go back home. A plea of guilty could jeopardize your employment and ability to have a driver’s license in your home state. By pleading not guilty, you buy yourself time to fight the changes against you and hire legal counsel. Since all criminal defendants are innocent until proven guilty, you will not experienced adverse legal consequences until the resolution of your case.
Call a California DUI Attorney If you have been changed with a California DUI, you need a lawyer that is experienced in California law. The logistics of criminal procedure may differ with every county, so contact a local attorney to represent you in your DUI case. Hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney can also mean that you minimize time in jail while a trusted advocate negotiates a plea agreement or alternative intervention on your behalf.
People make mistakes and DUIs happen. California visitors who were arrested for a DUI should contact the skilled team at Hinkle, Jachimowicz, Pointer & Emanuel in San Jose. We have over two decades of experience in defending DUI and other criminal convictions, co call us at (408) 916-1413 for a free case evaluation.