Yes and No. Its true that many Criminal Defense Attorneys deal with a large amount of DUI cases. HOWEVER, that doesnt mean that they are as equipped and knowledgeable when it comes to the science behind DUI's.
Ultimately though, you should go with the attorney you trust and feel like you could have a good working relationship with. Especially if it is that serious. You will be relying on the attorney to perform an in-depth investigation (at least they should be doing it), and you don't...
Discuss an appeal with your attorney. The recent ruling (McNeely) is retroactive (under Brooks). If you had a forced draw, McNeely must be applied and the judge used an incorrect standard so appealing that would be the way to go.
Depending on all the details, AA meetings may or may not help reduce the charge. Alone, though, it won't do anything. What needs to be done is, you need to hire an attorney, have them investigate the case and find any legal support for a reduction of the charge.
Contact some local attorneys to discuss your case and figure out what else can be done. A .103 reading is not that high.
Also, if you have not done so already, contact the DMV within 10 days from the arrest to schedule your...
You can go back and file for 1203.4 dismissal, but it wont really do anything as far as insurance goes. Even in court, if you pick up another within 10 years from offense date, the 2006 case would still be treated as a prior conviction.
Not unless the flying spaghetti monster ate the files. Just kidding. To answer your question, unlikely. All the DA would have to do is transfer files to another office and continue with proceedings as planned. Would it be a pain? Definitely! Would it stop them from continuing to prosecute you? Doubtful. Especially since, even if DA lost files, Court would still have a copy of the important documents.
What do you mean "minor DUI"? Do you mean under 21? Or do you mean a DUI without a BAC that is at least the legal limit of .08%?
If under 21, CA is zero tolerance. So any alcohol means you can be arrested for alcohol related offense.
If you mean because you blew under .08%, 23152(a) only requires impairment. Not a specific BAC level. At a .05 or less, the law presumes you are not impaired. At .08 or more, the law presumes you are impaired. Anything in between is up for grabs.
Getting a private attorney will likely result in the best outcome. However, do your homework and don't just hire someone to hold your hand through the process and plead you right away. Consult a few attorneys. Make sure they are going to work for you. A proper investigation is key to a DUI and you can find many qualified DUI attorneys in the CA DUI Lawyers Association website or on the National College For DUI Defense website directory.
A first DUI does carry the potential for a 6 month max...
It all depends on the attorney and facts of the case. Family tends to be full of paperwork and is usually billed hourly. Criminal doesn't have as much paperwork and is usually billed on a flat fee basis.
Your friend who was driving will get a felony DUI allegation for each injured friend. They will also be required to pay all of you restitution for medical bills, lost wages, etc. even if they don't have insurance.