Pasadena DUI Attorney

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In California, it is against the law to drive a motor vehicle with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or under the influence of drugs that impair your ability to operate the car. If you've been arrested for DUI, then work with a defense attorney who has more than 30 years of experience. Attorney Galliani has tried more than 100 jury and court trials; she has also been named Top Attorney by Pasadena Magazine for two years in a row.

Contact our firm now by calling (626) 408-0235 or submitting an online form.

DUI Arrests in Pasadena

The typical DUI arrest involves a police officer pulling over a driver upon suspicion of DUI. The officer will ask the driver to perform a series of field sobriety tests or to blow into a handheld breathalyzer, and the results will depend on whether or not the driver is arrested. After a DUI arrest, the officer will typically ask the driver to take a blood or breath test at a police station and this test is required by law. Refusing these tests will result in additional penalties such as a one-year driver's license suspension.

After you are arrested and booked, you will be given a citation to appear in court and a temporary license (the officer will mail your permanent license to the DMV). From the time you are released, you only have 10 days to request a DMV hearing to contest the automatic suspension of your driver's license.

Penalties for DUI

Many people are surprised to learn of the harsh penalties for a first-time DUI. If you have been convicted of a DUI for the first time, you will face the following penalties

  • Maximum jail term of 6 months
  • Maximum fine of $1,000
  • Informal probation for 3-5 years
  • Maximum 10 month driver's license suspension

These penalties increase with every subsequent offense, especially if it is a DUI with injury, and these charges should not be taken lightly. You must secure legal protection and counsel immediately after your arrest in order to have the best chance at avoiding conviction, so call our firm today!

Have more questions about DUI?

Check out the frequently asked questions section below or contact the Law Office of Fritzie Galliani, APC for a consultation. You only have a limited time to act, so don't wait to get in touch with our office.

What do police look for when they are watching for drunk driving?

Police will generally look for patterns such as:

  • Wide turns
  • Weaving
  • Driving outside the designated lines/drifting/swerving
  • Inappropriate stopping, slowing down, or speeding up
  • Delayed reaction to traffic signals

Keep in mind that an officer can legally pull someone over for these and other traffic violations, such as speeding.

Am I allowed to choose what type of chemical test I take?

The officer will most likely administer a breath test to DUI suspects; however, they will not inform them that they can also get a blood test. A blood test is usually more accurate than a breathalyzer test, which is known for having flawed results. In drug cases, a urine sample will be taken.

How much does a DUI cost?

There are a number of fees to take into consideration, including court costs, fees for attorneys, expert witnesses, and traffic school. If you are convicted, then you will also have fines and increased insurance fees. Even for a first-time DUI, you will probably have to pay at least several thousand dollars. In more complex cases, you may be looking at more like ten thousand dollars.

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Law Office of Fritzie Galliani, APC - Pasadena Criminal Defense Attorney
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Phone: (626) 408-0235