Walnut Creek DUI Attorney

Helping Clients Throughout Contra Costa County

How We Can Help You

At The Blalock Law Firm, PC, our clients get our best efforts 100% of the time. Our experienced and dedicated Walnut Creek DUI lawyer, Anthony Blalock, is directly involved throughout every stage of the process and will not give up until we get the best results possible. More importantly, we always seek to humanize our clients to the system - you are never treated as just another case number.

Mr. Blalock works diligently to defend your criminal court case by seeking to do the following:

  • Convince the D.A. to agree not to file a criminal complaint against you;
  • File a motion to dismiss or eliminate evidence in your case;
  • Negotiate a plea bargain the client accepts
  • Seek a jury trial acquittal

We offer big firm results with a small firm feel and have the resources and individual compassion to guide you through your DMV hearing and any criminal court matter. Whether you're dealing with a first offense or have prior DUIs, Our Walnut Creek DUI attorney can help you.

Call The Blalock Law Firm, PC today at (925) 259-3270 or contact us online for a free consultation with our DUI attorney in Walnut Creek, CA.

Advocate, Coordinator & Counselor

Walnut Creek DUIAt The Blalock Law Firm, PC, our Walnut Creek DUI lawyer, will never tell you to shut up, get behind us, and do as we say. Instead, we seek your input at every fork in the road and as we develop a successful strategy to defend your case. We are your advocates and continually work to ensure that this is just a tiny speed bump in your life and not a brick wall that you will hit.

We like to say that we try honey before vinegar, which often yields the best results in our currently overburdened adversarial criminal justice system. In addition, we only handle DUI cases, giving you the focused solutions you need when you are facing such a complex matter.

In every case we take on, we will always:

  • Take the time and energy to discover all the relevant facts
  • Evaluate the strength and weaknesses of the evidence
  • Analyze the best judge and district attorney to obtain the best resolution
  • Reduce anxiety throughout the process of defending the case against the government
  • Obtain excellent results in reducing our client’s legal exposure

DUI Laws & Penalties in California

If your blood alcohol content (BAC) is at least .08 percent while operating a vehicle, you could be charged with driving under the influence in California. However, commercial driver’s license holders with a minimum BAC of .04 percent and underage drivers (under 21 years old) with a BAC of at least .01 percent can face DUI charges.

If you are convicted of DUI, you face a wide range of criminal penalties, including fines worth thousands of dollars and even a jail or prison sentence. In addition, your driver’s license is subject to suspension.

The following is a breakdown of the DUI penalties in California:

  • First DUI – Punishable by a maximum jail sentence of six months, a fine of up to $1,000, and driver’s license suspension for six months.
  • Second DUI – Punishable by a jail term of up to one year, a maximum fine of $1,000, and driver’s license suspension for two years.
  • Third DUI – Punishable by a jail sentence of up to one year or imprisonment for up to 16 months, a fine of no more than $1,000, and driver’s license suspension for three years.
  • Fourth or subsequent DUI – Punishable by imprisonment for up to three years, a maximum fine of $1,000, and driver’s license revocation for four years.

If a first-time DUI involves an injury, the charge can either be a misdemeanor or a felony. A misdemeanor conviction carries a jail sentence of up to one year, a maximum fine of $5,000, and a driver’s license suspension for three years, while a felony conviction can result in a prison term of up to four years and a fine not exceeding $5,000

If a first DUI offense involves a death, you could be charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. The offense can lead to a prison sentence of up to 10 years and a maximum fine of $10,000.

What Happens to My License After a DUI Arrest?

Whether your BAC was .08 percent or you refused to take a chemical test after being arrested for a DUI, your driver’s license will be automatically suspended. You will then have 10 days to request a hearing and appeal the suspension by the DMV.

If you win your hearing, your driving privileges will be reinstated. If your suspension is upheld, you can still apply for a “restricted license.”

There are two restricted license options: installing an ignition interlock device (IID) in your vehicle for four months or entering the employment/treatment program for five months. The IID program allows you to drive to any place at any time, while the other option enables you to drive to, from, and during employment, as well as to and from your DUI program.

Keep in mind, this driver’s license suspension period is separate from the license suspension handed down by the criminal court after conviction. However, there are also restricted license options available.

Understanding the Consequences of a DUI Conviction

Being charged with a DUI can have serious consequences that extend beyond legal penalties. It is important to understand the potential impact on your life and future before making any decisions. At The Blalock Law Firm, PC, our experienced Walnut Creek DUI attorney can guide you through the process and help you navigate the complex legal system.

Here are some potential consequences of a DUI conviction:

  • License suspension or revocation
  • Increased insurance premiums
  • Mandatory alcohol education programs
  • Installation of an ignition interlock device
  • Difficulty obtaining employment
  • Negative impact on professional licenses
  • Possible jail time

Our dedicated team will work tirelessly to build a strong defense strategy tailored to your specific case. We will advocate for your rights, coordinate with experts, and provide you with the guidance and support you need throughout the process.

Don't face the consequences of a DUI conviction alone. Contact our Walnut Creek DUI attorney today to schedule a consultation and start building your defense.

Commonly Asked Questions

What is the process of defending myself against a DUI charge?

If charged with a DUI, it is important to seek legal counsel as soon as possible. Your lawyer will be able to review all aspects of your case and determine which strategies are best suited for your defense.

Are there any risks associated with representing myself in court on a DUI charge?

Defending yourself against any criminal charge carries great risk. It is important that you understand all aspects of the law and procedures involved in order to avoid mistakes that could result in serious consequences.

What should I expect after being charged with a DUI offense?

The first step after being charged with a DUI offense would be attending an arraignment hearing where you enter your plea. Depending on the outcome of this hearing and other factors such as prior convictions or blood alcohol levels, additional hearings may follow such as pretrial conferences or DMV hearings.

Hire Our Walnut Creek DUI Attorney Today!

Get our Walnut Creek DUI lawyer's experience, insights, and advocacy on your side with an affordable, flat-rate fee or payment plan that fits your budget and a free letter to the DMV within the vital 10-day window. Let The Blalock Law Firm, PC protect your license and your future.

Are you facing a DUI charge? Contact The Blalock Law Firm, PC today at (925) 259-3270 or online to schedule a meeting with our Walnut Creek DUI lawyer.

We Are Passionate About Protecting
Your Rights

  • 99% of our clients never spend another minute in jail.
  • Attorney Blalock personally attends court and the DMV Suspension Hearings.
  • Attorney Blalock received specialized Training in DUI at Harvard Law School.
  • Affordable Flat-Rate Fee with Payment Plans.
  • Free Letter to DMV in the 10 day window.

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On Your DUI Defense Today

Contact us at (925) 259-3270 to learn more about how we can help you and to arrange your free case evaluation.

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