Oakland and Redwood City DUI Defense Lawyers Serving San Mateo County, Palo Alto, San Jose & the Rest Of the Bay Area
Anyone convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) can tell you that the ordeal is painful and the penalties are severe. Even a first offense is life-changing and should be fought with all available resources. If you have been convicted before, or your DUI involves injuries, reckless driving, speeding or child endangerment, obtaining an attorney is critical.
First-Offense Misdemeanor - Felony DUI - Under 21 - Additional Charges
Facing DUI charges without a qualified attorney is a major risk you cannot afford. For a consultation, contact us today. Our San Mateo and San Francisco DUI lawyers are prepared to help you understand your options and develop the best strategy for:
- Your first-offense DUI
- A misdemeanor DUI
- A second or third offense within 10 years
- A DUI involving bodily injury
- Any type of felony DUI
- A DUI involving other traffic violations, such as hit-and-run or reckless driving
- A DUI charge against a juvenile
- A drug-related DUI
- Minors arrested on DUI charges
- Bicycling or boating under the influence (BUI)
Nationally-Recognized DUI Defense Law Firm: Founding partner Nafiz M. Ahmed has been recognized by one of the nation's largest legal publishers as a top DUI defense lawyer. Mr. Ahmed is a twice nationally published author in DUI defense strategies. He has authored chapters in Inside the Minds: Witness Preparation and Examination for DUI Proceedings (Aspatore Books) in both the 2009 and 2010 editions. To preview some of Mr. Ahmed's thoughts on DWI defense, view the press release or check out this chapter from Inside the Minds: Witness Preparation and Examination for DUI Proceedings (Aspatore Books, 2009).
Severe Penalties Make Strong, Informed Defense Critical
You can serve up to a year in the county jail and/or prison depending on the DUI charge or charges that you are facing. In addition, you can lose your license for five years or have your driving privileges revoked entirely. You can also be ordered to complete a 36 month Multiple Offender Program. Learn more about sentencing enhancements in DUI cases.
When these punishments are compounded with heavy fines and increased car insurance rates that typically add up to many thousands of dollars, it becomes apparent that you need qualified representation, such as the San Mateo and San Francisco DUI lawyers at Ahmed & Sukaram, Attorneys at Law.
At the Bay Area DUI defense law firm of Ahmed & Sukaram, not only can we help you fight your case in the criminal justice system, but we can help represent you in the Department of Motor Vehicles, which often times controls the fate of your future driving privileges.
Because of severe penalties, many Californians choose to work with an aggressive DUI defense attorney who will thoroughly investigate and fight their case. Do you doubt that you were actually intoxicated and over the limit? Is there anything about the way you were stopped, tested or arrested that simply feels wrong? Get answers to frequently asked questions about DUI arrests.
A Full Range of Defense Techniques - Proven Ability to Help You
Redwood City DUI attorney Nafiz M. Ahmed is a pioneer in San Mateo County in obtaining evidence for the breath test instrument used by the officer in your case. In defending your DUI case, we focus on all aspects of your case, including, but not limited to:
- The manner of your driving
- The potential lack of probable cause for a traffic stop
- Flawed administration and validity of field sobriety tests
- Flaws in the calibration and maintenance of the breath test instrument(s)
- Failure to advise you of constitutional rights
- Communication barriers, medical conditions and other individual factors
- All the good evidence for you that the officer did not include in his or her report
We will work to understand your key priorities and help you deal with the court as well as the DMV for your driver's license issues. You can depend on receiving informed, aggressive counsel to help you choose whether to take your case to trial to seek a not guilty verdict, negotiate minimized consequences of your nolo contendere plea, or explore alternative sentencing options such as the SCRAM device, electronic home monitoring or residential live-in treatment program in lieu of jail time.
If you have also been charged with a drug crime or serious traffic violations, call us today. We can help with all aspects of your case. Contact us to schedule an appointment with one of our Santa Clara County and San Francisco DUI lawyers today.