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Bakersfield DUI Lawyers

Defense for Driving Under the Influence Charges in California

If you were charged with driving under the influence (DUI) in the state of California, you have options! Do not assume that just because a police officer has placed you under arrest that you will be convicted of the crime.

If you have been arrested for a first-time DUI, a failed sobriety test, or a felony DUI in Bakersfield, you must speak with a skilled California DUI lawyer immediately. You only have 10 days from the time of your arrest to request a hearing with the DMV to dispute the suspension of your drivers' license. We know your rights under the law and we know how to defend them, especially if you have been erroneously arrested or if your rights were violated by an officer during an illegal search or seizure.

DUI Traffic Stops Are Often Based on Suspicion, Not Real Evidence

Most police officers and California Highway Patrol officers are professionals who are exceptional protectors of the peace. Unfortunately, some officers can also get caught up in just making arrests.

By jumping to conclusions or failing to adhere to search laws, some officers can make wrongful arrests, commit illegal searches and seizures, or violate an individual's rights while placing a person under arrest.

Evidence of intoxication that police officers will be searching for when pulling over or stopping a driver under suspicion of driving while under the influence of alcohol include:

  • Swerving, drifting, or weaving in between lanes
  • Abrupt movements, wide turns, or slow response to the flow of traffic
  • Driving at a speed that is much higher or much lower than the posted speed limit
  • Any other suspicious activity that is not normal, such as driving without operating lights at night

If you have been pulled over for allegedly demonstrating any of the behaviors listed above, a police officer may only suspect you of being under the influence while operating a motor vehicle. You must remember that you have rights during a DUI-related traffic stop.

Learn How to Avoid a DUI Charge

If you have been pulled over and a police officer asks you questions that may incriminate you, you have the right to remain silent and you have the right to ask for an attorney. These are known as your Miranda warnings, or Miranda rights.

We know that it may be tempting to speak with the officer, but without asserting your Miranda rights, you could accidentally say something that may incriminate you.

Protect your California driving privileges. Call us today at 661-322-5833!

With the help of a skilled Bakersfield criminal defense lawyer from our firm, you have the option to fight the allegations that have been made against you and assert your rights.

Contact The Law Offices of Joe W. Whittington for your free case evaluation! We work hard to protect your name and prevent your driving privileges from being taken away. We can represent drivers and commercial drivers throughout Bakersfield and surrounding areas in California.

Our office serves clients throughout Fresno, Lamont, Arvin, California City, Ridgecrest, Shafter, Wasco, Oildale, Kern County, Rosedale, McFarland, Tehachapi, Delano, Porterville, Tulare, Taft, Hanford, and the surrounding areas.