Criminal defense

I had a car accident last Saturday and 2 of my friends were hospitalized and got minor injures, I could be charged with DUI I had couple drinks before the accident, I'm also don't have a valid California driver license

Sacramento, CA -

Attorney Answers (11)

Malosack Berjis

Malosack Berjis

Personal Injury Lawyer - Los Angeles, CA
Answered

You have already asked this question and received some excellent responses. Please see your other post for said responses.

I am licensed to practice law in the State of California, and thus, my answers are based on California law. The... more
Joseph Salvatore Farina

Joseph Salvatore Farina

Criminal Defense Attorney - Sacramento, CA
Answered

You definitely need a criminal defense attorney. You could be charged with a misdemeanor or felony DUI, depending on how serious your friend's injuries. Most importantly, don't discuss the facts of your case on this site, as this is a public forum. I offer free consultations and would be glad to discuss your case with you.

Scott J. Corwin

Scott J. Corwin

Car / Auto Accident Lawyer - Los Angeles, CA
Answered

I agree with the responding counsel. You may want to contact a local DUI attorney to review your case with you and represent you in court. Best of luck.

Christian K. Lassen II

Christian K. Lassen II

Personal Injury Lawyer - Philadelphia, PA
Answered

Retain a DUI lawyer to defend, and let your insurance company resolve.

Michael Shemtoub

Michael Shemtoub

Car / Auto Accident Lawyer - Los Angeles, CA
Answered

You need to get a copy of the police report and any other documentation, such as medical records, and have them reviewed by an attorney. I have personally dealt with other California claims such as yours and it is important for you to gather as much documentation as possible. Having extensive documentation will help to present your case in a more favorable light for you

View my website & give me a call for a FREE consultation if you are a California resident 877-427-2752 or you can... more
Michael Shemtoub

Michael Shemtoub

Car / Auto Accident Lawyer - Los Angeles, CA
Answered

You need to get a copy of the police report and any other documentation, such as medical records, and have them reviewed by an attorney. I have personally dealt with other California claims such as yours and it is important for you to gather as much documentation as possible. Having extensive documentation will help to present your case in a more favorable light for you

View my website & give me a call for a FREE consultation if you are a California resident 877-427-2752 or you can... more
David B Pittman

David B Pittman

Car / Auto Accident Lawyer - Fort Myers, FL
Answered

Do not make any statements to anyone including your insurance company until you speak with a DUI attorney for representation.

Kevin Coluccio

Kevin Coluccio

Car / Auto Accident Lawyer - Seattle, WA
Answered

Get a criminal defense/DUI attorney right away. Do not give any statements. Go to the "find a lawyer" tab and look for a attorney in the Sacramento area.

Thomas D. Boley

Thomas D. Boley

Criminal Defense Attorney - Las Vegas, NV
Answered

It is not whether you were guilty of DUI, but whether the prosecution can prove it. The answer really lies in how evidence was collected. The police must collect evidence that proves you were in control of a motor vehicle and under the influence of alcohol. Both of those elements must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. If you were not arrested and promptly tested, you will not likely be charged with DUI.

Keep in mind, DUI is a very standard arrest for police. They generally walk through the same exact arrest, same three field sobriety tests, make similar observations, and perform the same chemical tests. If your scenario deviates from the norm, you are less likely to be convicted or even charged.

And, keep in mind that accident related DUIs usually have the most evidence issues.

Jared M Thompson

Jared M Thompson

Criminal Defense Attorney - Bakersfield, CA
Answered

First of all, a felony DUI causing injury charge does not require serious injury or great bodily injury, and even minor injuries can be legally sufficient. The District Attorney's Office in your county has discretion to file a DUI with injury as a misdemeanor rather than a felony, but that decision is driven largely by the extent of the injuries. I recommend you speak to a criminal attorney who handles DUI cases regularly. It sounds like your drivers license is already suspended, so your main concern is to find an attorney who can represent you. If you only had a few drinks it may be a case that can be substantially mitigated or successfully defended.

Brian K Wanerman

Brian K Wanerman

Criminal Defense Attorney - Sacramento, CA
Answered

Stop posting any details about the incident here or anywhere else. Do not discuss them with ANYONE except your attorney. Contact an attorney IMMEDIATELY.

Questions? An attorney can help.

Ask a Question
Free & anonymous.
Find a Lawyer
Free. No commitment.