San Diego DUI Lawyer Dan Smith on 10 Day DMV Hearing Rule (619) 258-8888
San Diego DUI Lawyer Dan Smith on 10 Day DMV Hearing Rule (619) 258-8888
The Tijuana border crossings at the San Ysidro POE and Otay Mesa POE are the busiest international border crossings in the world! Over 90,000 persons cross the Mexico border into the U.S. daily.
San Diego is a Navy town with Camp Pendleton. Miramar, North Island and NTC complete with its own medical center. San Diego is also a college town with some of the best schools in the nation in USD, UCSD and SDSU. So it is no secret that many sailors, marines and students head down to Tijuana and Revolution Avenue for a night of partying and dancing. It is what young people do! Also, there are many people, including my in-laws, that will go down to Rosorito or Ensenada to meet with extended family members to celebrate on occasion.
That means that many people will cross the border and are asked to make a declaration to the Customs Officer about where they have been and what is there citizenship. Lately, it seems the officers have begun asking if people were dining, if the answer is yes, the next question is something like “you had some drinks then, didn’t you?” Many people are honest and answer affirmative. Admitting that you had something to drink may prompt the Customs Agent to “detain” you and call a CHP officer over to secondary to give you a series of field sobriety tests which may eventually lead to your arrest.
All of these Border DUI cases go to the Southbay Court House at 500 3rd. Ave, Chula Vista, CA 91910 across the street from San Diego Defenders at 585 3rd. Ave, Chula Vista, CA 91910. DUI lawyers Dan Smith and Jon Pettis will leave no stone unturned when defending alleged drunk drivers at the border. It is important to challenge the nexus or connection between the Customs “detention” of the client and the probable cause for the arrest by the CHP officer. You can call San Diego Defenders and be connected to attorney Dan Smith 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (619) 258-8888.
DUI Arrest Going to Court and What to Expect with Video Evidence
At San Diego Defenders we receive calls from persons arrested for a DUI and are asked, “what happens next?”
This video describes the procedure and timeline for a DUI. First you should draw a line down the middle of the board and write DMV on one side and Court on the other side. You are given a pink sheet of paper at the time of arrest which acts as your temporary drivers permit for 30 days. In another video we will discuss the 10 day time limit in which to request a DMV hearing and how to get a restricted drivers license. On the Court side you are “Court Date” in which to appear where you will be deciding whether to plead Guilty or Not Guilty by the public defender with a limited amount of information, usually you BAC or blood alcohol level and the report from the officer’s point of view. If you choose to plead guilty and fall on the sword, you should think of the ramifications down the road on getting a job, applying for a job, and licensing with different agencies.
DUI’s carry more ramifications than ever given this age of digital information. If you hire a private lawyer, like San Diego Defenders, we will plead not guilty and ask for all the evidence. It is important to note that for all the court appearances I talk about on this video, with the exception of trial, you do not have to be present. That means you can concentrate on your job, your school, your family and the important things in life while you DUI lawyers are working hard to leave “no stone un-turned” and to find something to leverage against the DA whose has the burden of proof in a warrantless arrest. The most important bit of evidence these days is the video evidence. Video is a real game changer. Video allows the DUI lawyer to challenge the officer’s report which may describe the person arrested as slurring their speech and swaying from side to side when the video clearly shows that is not what happened.
Video evidence has changed the way criminal defense attorneys look at every case. After a series of readiness or settlement conferences in which your criminal lawyer negotiates with the DA or City Attorney, we may bring a motion to dismiss based on a violation of your constitutional rights at the time of the arrest. After that motion and perhaps another settlement conference if we cannot get the better plea bargain or result, we may set the case for trial and although not everyone wants to got to trial, it is important that the prosecutor knows that your lawyer is a trial lawyer and will litigate the case unafraid and confident.
At San Diego Defenders, our reputation is that we are trial lawyers and we litigate fiercely in every case. That is one of the hallmarks of our practice. Dan Smith and Jon Pettis are the most successful DUI defense team in San Diego and will work for you on an affordable payment plan for a flat fee that includes trial. With a full commitment to leave no stone un-turned. Call us at (619) 258-8888 for a free consultation and an affordable payment plan in your DUI case.
San Diego Defenders, a leading DUI and Criminal Law firm in San Diego, is announcing the launch of a new informational website called The DUI Minute with Dan Smith, esq. It can be found at www.theduiminute.com. The DUI Minute with Dan Smith, is a series of educational videos about the dangers of drinking and driving. It describes various situations which drivers may encounter and how to navigate the consequences of a DUI arrest, including how to post bond, court proceedings, and DMV license suspensions.
“DUI San Diego is one of the most searched terms on Google and Yahoo” says Dan Smith. “We thought the public deserved to know the facts to make the best out of a bad situation after a DUI stop. What you do after an arrest can be decisive in terms of a conviction, not guilty verdict, or just in terms of minimized penalties such as days of public work service along a freeway.
As DUI arrests are increasing, it is important to understand key elements of the legal process. Dan Smith, a criminal lawyer with over 20 years of experience as a criminal defense lawyer, leads a team of seasoned attorneys who have successfully defended thousands of people accused of DUI in San Diego, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and Imperial counties. While the firm recognizes the severity of the DUI problem, it also realizes that blatant misinformation has been disseminated by various firms. This has caused a great deal of confusion regarding what a DUI is and what the ensuing consequences may be. “We intend to reduce the anxiety of the DUI arrestee. We understand that many do not realize they may have a substance abuse problem. Others are confused how one drink led to that situation.”
The DUI Minute with Dan Smith is a growing series of short video clips which can be viewed on smart phones as well. Each segment deals with one specific aspect of the events before, during and after a DUI arrest. It is important to understand that a single drink can create a BAC (blood alcohol concentration) test result above the legal limit. That single drink can lead to loss of employment, loss of educational opportunities and other consequences that may have not been contemplated prior to the decision to drink and drive. “We do not want people to lose hope – there are positive steps that can be taken, especially to get back a driver’s license.”
Pease visit www.duiminute.com for more information. The site is continually updated with new videos and will continue to expand as laws and circumstances evolve. Please direct any inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.