September 10, 2009 By Wallin & Klarich

Arrests for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) continue to rise in California. Along with the increasing number of arrests, the penalties associated with a conviction continue to escalate. California Vehicle Section 23152 states that it is unlawful for any person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug, to drive a vehicle. It is unlawful for any person who has 0.08 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood to drive a vehicle.

If you are convicted of a DUI, significant penalties will be assessed against you. These penalties include a mandatory suspended license. Unless you fight the charge, the Department of Motor Vehicles will automatically suspend your license. In addition to loss of driving privileges, a person convicted of DUI will have to pay substantial fees and penalties to the court. A person convicted for a DUI will also see their auto insurance rates skyrocket. Couple court fees and penalties with the skyrocketing insurance premiums, and the benefits of hiring an aggressive criminal defense attorney become apparent.

An experienced California DUI defense attorney is your best chance at having DUI charges against you dismissed or lowered to a lesser offense. Often times an attorney can greatly reduce the penalties and fines a person must pay. Most attorneys do not practice criminal law, and as such you need to hire a law firm that specializes in criminal defense.

If you or a loved one have been charged with driving under the influence, it is imperative that you hire an aggressive, experienced criminal defense firm. Hiring an experienced criminal defense law firm can greatly increase your chances of keeping your freedom, and ensuring you receive the lowest possible sentence. The attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have been helping people for over 30 years.

Please feel free to contact Wallin & Klarich to discuss your case. You can reach us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 888-280-6839 or go to our website at for more information.

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