Yuba County DWI Lawyers VanDervoort & Associates
Protecting Your Driving Privileges after a DWI in California
Safeguarding Your Rights After a DWI in Yuba County
California law defines impaired or drunk driving as driving under the influence. Some states use the term driving while intoxicated or DWI. The offenses are similar in that they are generally charged when a motorist has a blood alcohol content at or above .08% or when a law enforcement officer suspects an impaired ability to operate a motorized vehicle. If you have been charged with driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated in California, you should contact a Yuba County DWI lawyer at VanDervoort & Associates as quickly as possible. You could be sentenced to jail, fined, have your license suspended and even lose your job.
- Exclusive DWI and DMV Defense Practice focusing on drunk driving defense and DMV hearings
- DWI lawyers with over 39 years of experience
- Rated “Superb” by AVVO with the highest rating of 10 stars
- Certified as a specialist by the California DUI Lawyers Association (CDLA)
- Free initial consultation when you call (530) 588-9995 or when you fill out the request form to the left
Defending against a charge of California DWI requires experience and a special knowledge of the court system and California DWI laws. The police and prosecutor will be trying to convict you. You need someone who will protect your rights.
Marysville DWI lawyers VanDervoort & Associates defend clients accused of DUI, DWI, drunk driving and alcohol related traffic offenses. They are experienced and qualified attorneys who will build the most aggressive and appropriate defense for your case. They provide a complete drunk driving defense, including help with the criminal charges and DMV license hearing. Each case is different, but the goal is to get your charges reduced or dismissed. Yuba County California DWI Attorneys VanDervoort & Associates can make a positive difference in the resolution of your case.
Request a Free DWI Consultation
Marysville CA DWI Lawyers VanDervVoort & Associates offer a free initial consultation. After hearing your account of the arrest and reviewing the charges filed against you, they will outline their fees and explain how they can help you. To request a free, no obligation meeting, call (530) 588-9995 or fill out the form to the left. Your inquiry will be kept strictly confidential.
Driver’s License Suspension
Following an arrest for suspicion of drunk driving in Yuba County, California, you will be facing two separate and very different cases. One is a criminal case that is resolved in the courts. The other is a civil case involving the suspension of your driver’s license.
Under California DWI law, you have only 10 days from the date of your arrest to request a special hearing with the Department of Motor Vehicles. Failure to do so will result in the automatic suspension of your license. The suspension period for a typical first offense is four months, however, if you refused to have your blood alcohol content checked with a breath or blood test, the suspension can be for one year. A repeat offender could have his/her revoked for life.
The DMV hearing is both an opportunity to try to save your driving privileges and to learn more about the strength of the prosecution’s criminal case. It is an important hearing, and having legal guidance will improve the chances of keeping your license.
Yuba County DWI Lawyers VanDervoort & Associates have substantial experience with DMV hearings, and they may be able to keep you driving. You have a very limited time to act, so contact Marysville DWI Attorneys VanDervoort & Associates now.
Penalties for DWI in California
The penalties for DWI in Yuba County are influenced by the details of your arrest, such as your BAC at the time of arrest, whether you caused an accident, if you are underage or have any prior alcohol related offenses on your driving record.
A first offense can lead to jail, court fees, fines, monitored probation, a complete restriction from consuming alcohol, a psychiatric evaluation, loss of auto insurance or significantly higher premiums, community service and mandatory alcohol education classes.
The penalties become more severe with each additional DWI conviction, and could include the required installation of an ignition interlock device and even seizure of your vehicle. The state has the ability to look back 10 years for any prior offenses before establishing the penalties. A fourth conviction for drunk driving in California is filed as a felony.
Being found guilty of California DWI would also result in an arrest record. This could cause you to lose your job, reduce future job options, lower your credit score and impact your ability to obtain a mortgage or open a line of credit, and restrict you from traveling to certain countries, most notably Canada.
It is important to fight the charges filed against you and try to keep your record clean. Contact Yuba County California DWI Lawyers VanDervoort & Associates for immediate help.
About Yuba County DWI Lawyers VanDervoort & Associates
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Yuba County DWI lawyers VanDervoort & Associates practice criminal law. Cases involving drug or alcohol impairment are complicated, so rather than being general practice attorneys, they focus exclusively on California DWI defense. This commitment and the resulting experience will benefit you in the courtroom and at the DMV hearing.
Joe VanDervoort, principal of the law firm, has more than 35 years of experience in DWI defense. He received an undergraduate degree from the University of California Santa Barbara, graduating as a Dean’s List scholar. He earned his juris doctorate from University of California, Hastings College of Law.
Yuba County DWI attorney Joe VanDervoort is a current or past member the California DUI ‘Duece’ Defenders, the California Trial Lawyers Association, the California Public Defenders Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, The National College of DUI Defense, the Butte County, State of California and American Bar Associations and the National Legal Aid and Defenders Association. He is licensed to practice law in all state, county and federal courts in California. Joe VanDervoort is certified as a specialist by the California DUI Lawyers Association and has a ‘Superb’ AVVO rating.
Call Now for a Free Consultation
Marysville DWI lawyers VanDervoort & Associates are ready to put their experience and legal skills to work for you. For immediate help with a California DWI, request a free consultation by calling (530) 588-9995 or filling out the on-line form to the left. You have very little time, and if you want to see if your license can be saved and want to get the best result from your case, call now.