Sierra County DWI Lawyer
Sierra County DWI Criminal Defense lawyer handling DWI, DUI & drunk driving cases in Downieville and Loyalton, California and all of Sierra County. Downieville DWI Attorney Brandon Williams.
The offense of drunk driving in California is called driving under the influence. A similar charge is filed in some states called driving while intoxicated. They are similar in that they are charged when a law enforcement officer either finds your blood alcohol content to be in excess of a legal threshold or feels you are impaired by drugs or alcohol to the point of driving unsafely. Both are considered serious criminal acts, and could lead to loss of driver's license, jail and substantial fines. You may even lose your job.
There are four points to consider when addressing a DUI/DWI in California:
- You are innocent until proven otherwise
- You still have rights afforded by the courts
- Having legal representation will make a difference in the outcome of your case
- You must act quickly
Sierra County, California DWI Attorney Brandon Williams practices criminal law and he will use his knowledge of California DWI laws and the legal system to protect your rights and liberties. He offers a complete drunk driving defense strategy that includes trying to save your driver's license, aggressively defending you in court and preparing for trial if necessary. He will use the law to seek the best possible disposition of your case. While each case is different, Attorney Brandon Williams has successfully earned his clients dismissals, acquittals and reduction in charges.
Time is extremely important for a positive outcome. Your license may be suspended within days, making it difficult to travel between your home and work, school and stores. The prosecution and the police are already building their criminal case against you. The quicker you act, the sooner Sierra County DWI Criminal Defense Lawyer will begin building your defense and challenging the state's case.
Call Now for a Free CA DWI Consultation
Downieville, CA DWI Lawyer Brandon Williams will review the details of your arrest and openly and honestly outline your legal options. The initial meeting is free and there is no further obligation. Contact Attorney Brandon Williams by calling (866) 340-6887 or filling out the secure form to the left.
Penalties for DWI in California
An arrest for driving while intoxicated in California can result in both criminal and civil penalties. The courts can assign penalties such as fines, court fees, jail, probation, community service, a psychiatric evaluation and mandatory completion of a substance abuse program. In some situations, you may be required to install an ignition interlock device for the privilege of continuing to drive and be prohibited from consuming any alcohol. The DMV can suspend your driver's license, which is covered in more detail below. You may lose your auto insurance or be forced to pay significantly higher insurance premiums.
The extent of the penalties increases with each additional CA DWI convictions on your driving record, with a fourth arrest being a felony offense.
The consequences of being found guilty of DWI in California can last the rest of your life. With a simple background check, a criminal arrest record could lead to termination of existing employment, reduced future job opportunities, a damaged credit score and even prohibition from traveling to Canada.
You must try to keep your record clean. It is a difficult process, but Sierra County DWI Attorney Brandon Williams has experience with DUI defense to make a positive difference. Call now for a free consultation.
Suspension of Your Driver's License
Immediately after an arrest for DWI in Sierra County, the Department of Motor Vehicles will file a civil case seeking to suspend your driver's license. The suspension process is separate from the criminal case – only the DMV can suspend and reinstate your license.
How long your license is suspended depends on a number of factors, especially whether you refused to have your blood alcohol content tested during your arrest and if you have any past California DWI arrests on your record. All suspensions are noted on your driving record. The state can look back over the past ten years for infractions before deciding on the degree of penalty.
You have the right to challenge the DMV suspension by requesting an Administrative Per Se Hearing. You must, however, act within 10 days of your arrest or your license will be automatically suspended.
Downieville DWI Attorney Brandon Williams can help by scheduling a hearing on your behalf and fighting to save your driving privileges. The hearing is also a way of learning more about the strength of the state's criminal case; so do not miss this important opportunity. Contact Attorney Brandon Williams today and start your legal defense.
About the Law Firm
Sierra County DWI Lawyer Brandon Williams defends those accused of alcohol and drug related traffic offenses in Northern California. His experience and legal skills have led to the successfully resolution of many cases, including both misdemeanors and felonies.
Attorney Brandon Williams graduated from the University of California – Berkeley and earned a law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Michigan, where he graduated cum laude. He continues to develop his legal education and defense strategies by attending national seminars on DUI defense. Brandon Williams is a member of the California DUI Lawyers Association, the California Public Defender Association and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Get Help With Your CA DWI
Being arrested for suspicion of impaired or drunk driving can be very stressful. Downieville, CA DWI Attorney Brandon Williams will help you by offering open and honest legal guidance and personal customer service throughout the disposition of your case. To begin fighting a California DWI, request a free, no obligation consultation by calling (866) 340-6887 or completing the form to the left. Your inquiry will receive a prompt response.