Defending DUI Charges in Sonoma County
Free Consult with a Santa Rosa DUI Lawyer: Call Us at (707) 418-5352
A conviction for
Driving Under the Influence (DUI) can leave a lasting impression on your criminal record, ability to obtain
employment and reputation within the community. The prosecutor will undoubtedly
attempt to persuade you to plead guilty and accept the charges, regardless
of whether you are actually guilty of the crime. But don't plead guilty
without putting up a fight first with our hard-hitting Santa Rosa DUI
attorney at the Law Offices of Evan E. Zelig.
If you are arrested for DUI anywhere in Sonoma County, Napa County, Marin
County, and throughout the North Bay Area, speak with our Santa Rosa DUI
attorney prior to entering into any agreement with the prosecution, as
there could be significant and exonerating factors to your case. With
years of experience and thousands of clients helped, our attorney has
the skill and knowledge to help you pursue the best possible outcome.
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of your DUI case.
Defenses to the Blood Alcohol Content Test
One of the prosecution's key pieces of evidence will likely be the
result of a breathalyzer or blood test, revealing a blood alcohol content
(BAC) above the legal limit in California. For adults over age 21, a BAC
result of .08 percent or higher is considered unlawful, while a BAC of
.01 percent marks the threshold for drivers under age 21. However, there
are scientifically proven reasons for a high BAC result that may have
little to do with actual intoxication.
Possible defenses your DUI defense attorney could raise include:
- Improper storage of blood samples, resulting in fermentation or contamination
- Over-mixture of anti-coagulants or preservatives at the time a blood sample is stored
- Acid reflux conditions and disorders leading to presence of alcohol in the mouth
- Instrument malfunction
- Improper handling of samples in violation of chain-of-custody protocol
Defenses to Circumstantial Evidence of Intoxication
Failing a field sobriety test (FST) is evidence of intoxication, but is
just one factor to consider when determining the guilt or innocence of
one charged with a California DUI. At the time of your FST, the officers
will also note your general physical appearance and demeanor, which is
commonly also used as evidence of intoxication. Officers may note your
sluggish behavior, watery eyes or inability to hold your balance.
However, as your DUI defense attorney will explain, there are other explanations
for these observations:
- Uneven pavement
The results of the FST may also be skewed if administered during bad weather
or while wearing inappropriate footwear (e.g., high heels).
Hundreds of DUI Cases Handled
Defending DUI charges is what we do! Our lead attorney, Evan E. Zelig,
has experience handling hundreds of DUI cases as a criminal defense attorney.
As a well-versed
criminal defense lawyer, he has unique insight into the way DUI cases are handled by the
state and the many flaws inherent in the various testing methods.
If you are facing a recent DUI charge,
contact our team
today at (707) 418-5352!