Myths and Facts about DUI's in Fresno
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Myth: “There is nothing a lawyer can do for my DUI.”
Fact: FALSE. A DUI arrest does not mean a DUI conviction. The conviction
rate for California DUI's is only about 70 percent. What that means
is about 30 percent of DUI charges are being reduced to some level less
than a DUI charge, or even a not guilty verdict. We at Wapner Jones P.C.have
won cases all throughout the Fresno and Central Valley area. If you plead
guilty to a DUI charge, you have no chance to fight. Your DUI lawyer can
help to challenge the evidence against you, and fight a DUI charge.
Myth: "I was over the limit because the breathalyzer said I was over
Fact: FALSE. The machines that test for blood alcohol limits are not 100%
accurate. Instead, the breath machines have a range of accuracy, which
may mean you were actually below the legal limit. Wapner Jones P.C. DUI
attorneys understand the limitations of these machines, and how this can
work for your defense.
Myth: “I drank alcohol and I drove, so I must be guilty.”
Fact: This is NOT true. Drinking an alcoholic beverage and then driving
a motor vehicle is not a crime. It only becomes a crime if your blood
alcohol concentration (BAC) is 0.08 percent or higher or if you are impaired.
After having a drink, when when you drive and your BAC is below 0.08 percent,
you are not guilty of a crime.
Myth: “Fighting the DUI charge will only make it worse.”
Fact: As a defendant in a criminal case, you have rights. If you enter
a guilty plea, you will be found guilty 100 percent of the time. If you
fight for your rights, you have the chance to be acquitted of the DUI
charges. You have the right to challenge the evidence the prosecution
presents, and the right DUI lawyer understands how to challenge that evidence.
Myth: “I'm good person. The court will understand, and get my
Fact: In many of the courts in and around California's Central Valley,
having no criminal record may be the only way to evaluate your character.
Having an experienced DUI attorney can help to demonstrate to the court
that your character is more than just your lack of a criminal record.
Myth: “I will just get a public defender to help me with my DUI.”
Fact: Even getting the public defender to take your case is complicated.
There are stringent income guidelines in determining whether or not you
are qualified for free representation. During your arraignment, you will
even have to provide your person financial situation in open court and
let the judge decide whether you qualify for the public defender. Just
because you do not consider yourself well-off does not mean you will qualify
for the public defender. At Wapner Jones P.C., we not only provide specialized
and experienced DUI defense, but we can arrange flexible payment options
for people in difficult financial situations.
Myth: “Hiring a DUI lawyer comes with all kinds of hidden costs.”
Fact: We provide flat fee representation, with all expenses included upfront.
There are no hidden fees or expenses. The only additional fees will be
for an investigator or alcohol expert, and you will decide whether or
not you approve those costs first.
Myth: “Pleading guilty to a DUI will not cost me anything.”
Fact: FALSE. There are a number of substantial and hidden costs associated
with a simple guilty plea. The initial fees and fines are detailed in
the California Vehicle Code. But your simple $390 fine can suddenly increase
to over $2,000 when you find the court has tacked on penalties, assessments
and court fees. There are also court restitution requirements, and booking
fees that can quickly amount to hundreds of dollars. DUI school may cost
between $300 and $900. Getting your driver's license back can cost
another $125. But one of the greatest hidden costs of a guilty plea will
come from your auto liability insurance. An SR-22 insurance policy is
expensive, and can double or even triple the cost of your auto insurance.
This added insurance cost is not a one time expense, but will affect your
insurance premiums for up to 10 years. For some people, losing their license
may mean losing their job.
Myth: “DUI lawyers don't protect the public from drunk drivers.”
Fact: As attorneys, our job is to advocate on behalf of someone charged
with a crime. Defending a client charged with money laundering does not
mean the lawyer supports money laundering. When we defend a person accused
of a DUI, it does not mean that we think drunk driving is okay. Our job
is to do the best for our client, and force the prosecutor to do their
job and prove their case.
Contact Fresno DUI Attorneys
If you have been arrested for a DUI and facing charges, you have options.
You do not have to plead guilty. Contact Wapner Jones P.C. to schedule
your consultation. We will discuss your case and advise you of all your options.
Call us at (559) 257-4707. Our clients have come from all across Fresno, Kings,
Madera, and Tulare counties for our top-notch counsel.