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  • How do I find out my BAC from a DUI I was arrested for?

    I'm not sure of my BAC for a DUI? How can I obtain that information?

    Christopher’s Answer

    Be sure to request a DMV hearing within 10 days, or better yet, have your attorney do it for you. If you do, then the DMV will provide the police reports including your BAC results to yourself or your attorney. In addition, these will be provided to you, or your attorney at court.

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  • Was pulled over for a DUI

    What chance will I have with DMV to let me work during working hours. I heard there is an automatic 30 days suspension. I'm old and do not wish to give the City I work for a reason to fire me. Yes, I need an attorney...I am the only driver in ...

    Christopher’s Answer

    You need to hire an attorney within 10 days so that they can represent you at a DMV hearing, in an attempt to save your license. If the attorney can save your license, then you are left to fight to avoid a suspension in the court.

    Unfortunately, if the DMV suspends your license you will face a 30 day suspension before you are eligible for a restricted license, which would allow you to driver to work. Good luck. My advice is to find an attorney who is experienced in your region and who handles lots of DMV cases, but don't overpay to someone who promises miracles.

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  • I got a DUI almost 10 years ago in California

    i got a DUI almost 10 years ago did my community service and paid my fine. I did not complete my alcohol class. Do I still need to complete the class after 10 years?

    Christopher’s Answer

    I agree with the comments that have been made by other attorneys here, except that I would say you should check wight he DMV and the court before doing anything to make sure you have sound information both about the status of your license and any potential warrants, as well as making sure you know exactly what DUI class you need to take to satisfy both the court and the DMV. I would hate to see you either take the wrong class or do something you otherwise did not have to do. Is your license, in fact, suspended at this time? Make sure you look before you leap. An experienced , local DUI attorney can help you navigate the situation.

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  • Do I have a criminal or arrest record?

    Early last year I was stopped at a retailer for shoplifting. It was dumb, and completely out of character for me, but I digress. I was mirandarized by a riverside county police officer, but I was never taken in to a station, or booked/processed. H...

    Christopher’s Answer

    All is not lost. The case was dismissed. You were Not convicted. If anyone ever asks if you were convicted the correct answer is 'No". It doesn't sound like you were arrested either. So, with no arrest and no conviction, you are in good shape. Put your energy toward carving out a positive future and you will be just fine. This should not cost you any future employment.

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  • Speeding ticket in sacramento

    I just got a ticket for speeding. The officer used radar on my. He was actually coming at me from the other side of the street. (I had no idea this was even possible, as our combined speeds would be like 150 mph). Hr wrote my address down wrong on...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Unfortunately the delay in your court date does not violate any speedy trial rules. Your best bet is to hire a local traffic attorney to help you out. In my experience, the office does not even show up a fair amount of the time in which case you win. If the officer does show up an attorney may be able to negotiate a better outcome with the officer than you would get by simply pleading guilty. Further, upon close review a traffic attorney may deem that a trial will be in your best interest. Get good help. Best of Luck!

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  • What can I expect from my second DUI conviction in a different county?

    I was arrested with a BAC of .21 in humboldt county. I live in LA. I was not provided a ticket and released rather quickly. I have a prior DUI arrest that has not yet gone to trial. I will be hiring a public defender for that arrest as I feel I ha...

    Christopher’s Answer

    If I was you, I would hire an experienced DUI attorney for one of the two case, and then consult with him/her in regards to both of your cases. Your attorney will be able to guide you on the best way to approach both cases ( including the case that is out of his/her geographical area of practice).

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  • Received a Dui in 2011, How do I get it expunged?

    I was pulled over in December 2011, Convicted on one charge pleaded no contest July 7th 2012. My 3 years is up.. how do I get it expunged? I've had nothing since not even a traffic ticket.

    Christopher’s Answer

    Find an attorney who is experienced at filing Penal Code Section 1203.4 motions. Also find one who is wiling to challenge the DA. For some reason, the DA's seem to want to contest 1203.4 motions more aggressively for DUI cases than they do for other misdemeanors. You will want an attorney who will actually argue well on your behalf, as I predict the DA will contest your motion, notwithstanding your exemplary record since 2012. Congratulations on completing probation and keeping a clean record since 2012. I wish you all the best.

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  • Can my DUI be reduced to a "wet reckless"

    If I was in a accident where no one got hurt and I blew a .09 is there a chance? 23 years of life this is my first time getting in trouble with the law. The car I hit no one was in and I only damaged my vehicle. Was very tired and fell asleep a sp...

    Christopher’s Answer

    It is possible for a DUI like yours to be reduced to a "wet reckless" under certain circumstances, however an accident is not helpful. That being said, you will want to consult with an experienced local San Bernardino Attorney. It is worth fighting, especially if there are issues with the time of driving relative to the time the cops found you. Don' t pay an arm and a leg. Try to find a San Bernardino Attorney who is experienced handling DUI cases and who will charge you a modest price. Good Luck!

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  • I have a shop lifting charge from NYC, will this show on a background check in California?

    I have a shop lifting charge from NYC from Wholefoods, I did community service and paid a fine. I also was caught shoplifting in PA and was arrested but released and banned from the store. When I was in court in NYC they saw record of my offense i...

    Christopher’s Answer

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    My best guess is that a background check will pick up on past convictions. I would consult with attorneys in NY and PA to determine what options are available to attempt to clear your records there. While I do not practice in PA or NY I would imagine you can hire attorneys in those states to take the needed action while you remain in California. As for whether to mention the convictions here, that is a tough call. The risk is that if they can run a background check and they can see the convictions and you do not disclose the convictions they will not trust you and not hire you. I would contact attorneys in PA and NY to discuss your options. Good Luck!

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  • About court mandated AA meetings

    So a while back in OC i got a DIP and the courts ordered me 10 self help sessions. When i get those done i am off probation. So my question is, if this whole thing is anon. How do the courts know that i really attended these 10 sessions by the pie...

    Christopher’s Answer

    The court has ordered you to do the meetings for a reason: to make you put in the effort (not a lot) in the hope that you will learn from the meetings, to avoid the conduct in the future that led you to be in a criminal courtroom.

    Do the right thing. If you want to get off probation without a hitch, don't try to pull a fast one on the court or you risk the ire of the judge if deception is suspected.

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