Ventura DUI Lawyer

Legal Counsel in Ventura County, Los Angeles, & Santa Barbara County

Were you recently pulled over and charged with DUI? Do you want to defend your driving privileges? Whatever the case may be, you can count on our Ventura County DUI lawyer at The Law Offices of Robert F. Sommers. With more than 20+ years of experience, our team is equipped to handle a wide range of DUI cases in order to help you reach the favorable outcome you desire.

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If you are unsure of what to look for when selecting a DUI attorney, we can give you the advice you need. When it comes to defending your rights and your driving privileges, you need skilled counsel who is dedicated to providing you with high-quality advocacy at all stages of the process.

If you want to speak with us, call (805) 919-8662 for your free case review.

Penalties for a First-Time DUI Conviction

California has some of the strictest and most aggressive laws in the nation regarding drunk or drugged driving. A DUI conviction could remain on your driving record for up to 10 years, which can have serious implications in the future. This is why it is so crucial to mount a tough defense against drunk driving, with the help of a seasoned Ventura DUI lawyer.

The maximum penalties for a first-time DUI include:

  • Up to 6 months in jail
  • Up to $1000 fine
  • Up to a 5 year probation
  • Installation of an ignition interlock device
  • Up to 9 months in a drug or alcohol education program

At the Law Offices of Robert F. Sommers, we have aggressively defended our clients for more than 20 years. The penalties of a DUI charge are serious, so you need a DUI lawyer that takes your case seriously. When you retain our firm, we will become tireless advocates for you, and will do everything possible to secure the best possible results in your case.

Can evidence in my case be challenged?

Every DUI case presents their own unique factors, which is why our experienced legal team must completely evaluate and analyze how your arrest was made and the steps taken which determined probable cause for a DUI. We understand that mistakes are possible during the process of your conviction.

The evidence or technicalities which can affect your case include:

  • Reasonable Cause – In order to pull you over under suspicion of driving under the influence, police officers much have reasonable cause. An officer’s testimony can present potential contradictions and the evidence may be unlawfully acquired.
  • BAC Testing – The testing equipment used by police officers to check blood alcohol content levels are not perfect. Most of the time, these tests result in false and inaccurate readings. Working closely with a toxicology expert and revisiting the equipment records for calibration purposes may help your case.
  • Field Sobriety Testing – The purpose of field sobriety tests is to gain more evidence against you. These tests are proven to be subjective and difficult to perform under normal circumstances.

If you or a loved one has been wrongfully arrested for drunk driving, our Ventura DUI attorney at The Law Offices of Robert F. Sommers may be able to help you challenge the evidence associated with conviction. We possess the proficiency to successfully navigate our clients through the legal system in order to achieve the desired outcome.

Why You Must Fight DUI Charges

The truth is that being convicted of DUI is arguably the riskiest and most costly option of all. The reason is because you not only have to serve the minimum penalties, including jail time, heavy fines, and the loss of one’s driving privileges. Furthermore, you will have to live with the conviction on your record, which can raise your insurance premium rates and make it difficult to secure certain jobs.

Other consequences that come with DUI convictions include:

  • A notch on your criminal record
  • Probation
  • Enrollment in DUI classes
  • The loss of your job or future employment opportunities
  • Loss of some professional licenses
  • Loss of social standing and/or reputation

Some people choose not to fight their DUI charges, opting instead for a “no contest” or even a “guilty” plea. They might believe that they don’t have a chance to fight, that the evidence weighs too far heavily on them, or that they do not believe they can afford an attorney to fight. Remember that the costs of not fighting and risking a possible conviction are far greater than the choosing to fight. Especially if you have an attorney who can build a compelling defense in your favor.

Contact The Law Offices of Robert F. Sommers Today

If you are in need of representation for a DUI charge, you can trust that our firm is ready to stand by your side, never intimidated of a trial. We have handled more than 4,000 DUI cases, including over 50 trials. We take the time to review every aspect of your case, finding the necessary evidence regarding your case and building the strongest defense possible. Since 1997, we have represented clients throughout Ventura County, Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara County when they need someone to stand by their side.

Call our team today. We can be reached at (805) 919-8662.

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