DUI – Driving Under the Influence
Being charged by police with being under the influence of a mind-altering substance is no small matter; a great deal is always on the line. Defendants need legal counsel that is accessible when their case needs attention and that treats cases with the care they require. After seeing first-hand how some firms overload attorneys with literally hundreds of cases, Reza Rownaghi started his firm to ensure that clients were treated like individuals, not like numbers on a spreadsheet. Rownaghi Law has provided representation in numerous cases where clients were charged with a DUI (driving under the influence) – which in California is considered to include a broad array of mind-altering substances, including: alcohol, illegal drugs, prescription medication, and marijuana.
Although DUI charges are extremely common, they are typically serious misdemeanor cases handled in criminal court and carrying significant penalties. Felonies can also result if the charge involves a collision resulting in deaths or injuries, or if it a fourth offense within ten years. Even as a first-time misdemeanor, these cases carry a number of possible punishments on the first conviction. Penalties can include:
• As much as a full year in jail.
• A suspended driver’s license.
• Fines of up to $5,000.
• Three to five years of probation.
• Court-approved DUI classes.
The good news is that few first-time offenders face the full force of the possible penalties, but they still may receive much more than their fair share of punishment if they are not properly represented. In some cases, a defense attorney who truly has clients’ best interests in minds all times can see if charges can be reduced to a less serious offense. Of course, many defendants may feel as if the charges are unfair or entirely in error. Rownaghi Law treats every case with maximum care and is sometimes able to find flaws which can lead to sufficient doubt that charges may be dismissed entirely.
Drunk Driving Facts
Although marijuana-related arrests are on the increase, by far the most common DUI charges are related to the consumption of alcohol. That’s not surprising. Aside from the easy accessibility of alcohol to adults, what might seem like a fairly run-of-the-mill night out can nevertheless result in sufficient blood alcohol levels to be arrested. Specifically, an individual is found to be driving under the influence if their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is found to be as little as .08%, which is often below what many people would think of as actually being drunk. Those driving a commercial vehicle with a BAC of .04% or those under 21 years of age with a BAC of as little as .01% may also be charged with a DUI.
DUI conviction rates are generally very high, with annual conviction rates of between 70 and 80 percent. That’s just one more reason why having the support of a committed and experienced lawyer is of such importance.
Individuals should not attempt to represent themselves in criminal court as DUI law is both complex and ever-changing. Hiring an attorney that can negotiate with the prosecution to lower or drop DUI charges is always in the best interests of the defendant.
Rownaghi Law is well accustomed to the complexity surrounding DUI Law and works hard on every single case to obtain the best possible outcome for a client. Mr. Rownaghi’s very first case resulted in a not guilty verdict for a client charged with a DUI. The individual was apprehended while sleeping inside his car and had no intention of driving until he was sober. The young attorney was able to fight the case successfully, saving the well-intentioned client’s driver’s license and keeping a conviction off the individual’s record.
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If you have been charged with a DUI, or any crime for that matter, Rownaghi Law is here to assist. We offer a free case evaluation along with the personal attention that every client needs. To learn more, contact us at (818) 407-7100 or visit our contact page.