San Rafael DUI Lawyer

San Rafael DUI Lawyer

DUI Defense Throughout Northern California

It can be very confusing to figure out what needs to be taken care of after a DUI arrest. At The Blalock Law Firm, PC, our legal team is here to guide you through the legal process and advocate for your rights. DUI charges are serious, and can potentially harm your reputation and threaten your freedom. We can advise you about which steps you need to take to preserve your driver’s license and challenge the charges against you.

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What Can a San Rafael DUI Lawyer Do for Me?

Anthony Blalock can do the following things to make sure your legal rights are protected throughout your case:

  • Investigate and discover all the facts that can be used to build a defense strategy
  • Determine the strengths and weaknesses of the evidence prosecutors will against you
  • Motion to dismiss, limit, or eliminate evidence that does not directly pertain to your case
  • Meet with the D.A. to discuss an alternative to filing a criminal complaint against you
  • Negotiate with prosecutors to reach a plea bargain worth accepting
  • Move your case to be heard by a judge and DA that would likely produce a positive resolution
  • Defend you at trial and seek an acquittal through a jury

Unless you have been through a criminal court proceeding before, you likely don’t know what to expect from your DUI charge. When you hire The Blalock Law Firm, you get an experienced San Rafael DUI attorney who will advocate you and answer any questions or concerns you might have about your case. We work one-on-one with all of our clients and we will apply your direct input to the defense strategy we come up with.

DUI Frequently Asked Questions

If you are facing DUI charges in California, whether it is your first offense or you already have one or more on your record, you are likely overwhelmed and concerned about your future. At The Blalock Law Firm, PC, we believe that everyone deserves compassionate and skilled legal representation, which is why our San Rafael DUI defense team is dedicated to obtaining the best results possible. In the meantime, to help shed some light on your situation, we have compiled a list of answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding DUI.

What are the penalties for a DUI in California?

DUI is treated seriously throughout the country and California is no different. Depending on the number of DUI offenses you have on your record, the penalties you face will vary. For a first-time offense, you could pay between $390 and $1,000 in fines, have your license suspended for 6 months, and receive 3 years of informal probation and complete 30 hours’ worth of DUI classes. There is also a possibility that you might receive 48 hours to 6 months in jail, though most judges are lenient on first-time offenders and do not order jail time. The fines for a second offense are the same as the first, though you could face between 96 hours to a year in jail. Most of the time this can be served under house arrest or jail-alternative work programs. Second offenses also carry longer license suspension periods and longer probation terms. For third offenses, the fine remains the same, but other penalties increase, often resulting in jail time.

When can you get your license reinstated after a DUI conviction?

Before you can begin reinstating your license, you must wait for the license suspension period to pass. This suspension period will vary depending on how many offenses you have on record. You will also have to complete DUI school and any other conditions of your sentencing before you can begin the process. Next, you will have to get your car insured before you get your license reinstated. Once these steps are completed, you can go to the DMV and apply for reinstatement. To accomplish this, you will have to pay a reinstatement fee. Your DUI will remain on your record, however, until 10 years have passed.

Can I rent an apartment if I have a DUI?

A DUI will remain on your record for 10 years in California, so if you end up having to go apartment hunting, prospective landlords will be able to see that you were caught driving under the influence. Instead of having this pop-up and surprise them when they run a criminal background check, honesty is the best policy and could help your chances of being able to the apartment you want. The fact is that finding an apartment might become a bit difficult for you, but not impossible if you are able to explain yourself and provide proof of steady employment.

Can I become a truck driver with a DUI on my record?

While you might not have as good a chance as someone who does not have a DUI on their record, it is still possible for you to get a job as a truck driver. This will greatly depend on how recent the conviction was. For example, if the DUI on your record occurred within the past 3 years, it is not likely that a company would hire you. On the other hand, some companies might look at your driving record as a whole, so if the rest of your record is unblemished, you might have a good chance of being hired. After a second DUI conviction, however, you would lose your commercial driver’s license (CDL) for life.

Can I get a restricted license after a second DUI?

Even after a second DUI, it is possible to obtain restricted driving privileges. However, this is only possible if the offense only involved alcohol, and if you completed all other mandatory requirements, such as DUI school. You must also wait for the mandatory period of hard suspension to pass before you can apply for a restricted license at the DMV. Remember, a restricted license is not the same as having your license reinstated. You will only be able to drive under limited conditions and, failing to do so can result in your driving privileges being revoked for a longer span of time.

Let Our San Rafael DUI Attorney Fight For You Today

A DUI conviction can dramatically change your life for many years to come. If you have been arrested for DUI, it is imperative that you speak to our San Rafael DUI attorney as soon as possible. There is a limited time period to save your license and several different steps and deadlines that you will need to keep track of. Our experienced lawyer can handle all of these details for you and can also advise you about what legal options are available to you. Regardless of whether this is your first or third DUI, we are prepared to represent you. Let us help preserve your reputation and all that you have worked for.

For the fierce legal advocacy you need, call (925) 259-3270 or contact our San Rafael DUI lawyer online to discuss your case. We offer free, one-hour consultations!


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We Can Help You With the Following:
  • Protect your driver's license.
  • Answer all your questions so you don't have to stand alone against the system.
  • Arrange alternative sentencing instead of jail, in most cases.
  • Fight your case all the way through trial, when appropriate.
  • Appear in court for you, so you will not have to appear in court, in many cases.
  • Give you up to date, current advice for your exact problem.

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