San Bernardino DUI Attorney Edgar P. Lombera – Practicing DUI Defense in the San Bernardino , Inland Empire, Cathedral City areas.
The Law Office of Edgar P. Lombera is an experienced attorney that represents clients accused of DUI violations in San Bernardino and Riverside Courts. People throughout the San Bernardino / Inland Empire area have trusted the Law Office of Edgar P. Lombera to handle their DUI cases. Mr. Lombera represents people with alcohol and drug cases involving motor vehicles and provides the highest quality representation.
Hiring a DUI Lawyer – The Truth About a DUI Conviction
By far, the most important decision you will face after you have been charged with DUI is hiring a DUI defense lawyer. For those with a first time arrest, the common perception is that no defense is available and that pleading guilty or “no contest” would save you money on attorney fees while also getting the incident put behind you. The truth however is that a DUI conviction is an extremely serious charge that can affect every aspect of your life for many years to come. San Bernardino prosecutors and California legislatures are making DUI convictions a priority and are under increased pressure from political groups to enforce heavy penalties for drunk driving.
How a DUI Conviction Can Change Your Life
Among the many life changing experiences you will face after a first time DUI conviction, you will face the following:
- DUI & Safe driving classes (6 months – 30 months)
- Suspension of your California Drivers License
- 3 years probation
- DUI conviction on your driving record for 10 years
- $390-$1,000 fine
- Heavily increased auto insurance premiums (several thousand dollars per year)
- Stigma among friends and family of being a convicted drunk driver
- Ignition interlock device in your vehicle
- Possible jail time
Knowledgeable San Bernardino DUI Attorney
When it comes to fighting DUI charges in court, having a knowledgeable DUI attorney on your side can make the difference. An experienced DUI lawyer will protect your rights, investigate the circumstances of your arrest, and inform you of your legal options at all stages of the case. A qualified San Bernardino DUI attorney is necessary to provide the quality defense you need to effectively fight your DUI charges.
San Bernardino DUI Penalties
A DUI is a serious crime, and it should not be taken lightly. Those arrested for a DUI are generally charged with having violated two separate statutes. The first statute is driving under the influence in violation of California Vehicle Code section 23152, subdivision (a). The second statute is driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or greater in violation of California Vehicle Code section 23152, subdivision (b). If a person is convicted of having violated either statute, they have lost their DUI case.
A DUI conviction will appear on a criminal record as a misdemeanor conviction for life, unless the person has obtained an expungement of the criminal conviction. Record of a criminal conviction is viewed negatively by many employers and can also impact a person’s professional license, particularly if you are a doctor, lawyer, nurse, x-ray technician, pilot, police officer, or hold professional licenses with the SEC or NASD. Additionally, a person who is convicted of a DUI is subject to harsh legal consequences such as jail time, fines, license suspension mandatory DUI School, and probation.
If you have been arrested for DUI in San Bernardino, obtaining a qualified DUI attorney is the most important decision you will make. The Law Office of Edgar P. Lombera can handel your DUI case. In many cases, we have been able to have charges dismissed or sentences reduced. Call the Law Office of Edgar P. Lombera today to discuss your case.
DUI and the San Bernardino DMV
When a person with a California drivers’ license is arrested for DUI, the officer will seize the individual’s California drivers’ license. During the arrest or upon release from jail, the person will be served with a pink notice of suspension, also known as DMV Form DS-367. It is important to note that a person has only 10 days from the date of the arrest to schedule a hearing within 10 days with the California Department of Motor Vehicles to contest the license suspension. Failure to schedule a hearing will result in automatic license suspension thirty (30) days from the date of the arrest.
When you hire the Law Office of Edgar P. Lombera to represent you, we will schedule your hearing with the Department of Motor Vehicles. Mr. Lombera will present your side of the story and challenge evidence that is brought forth against you. The Law Office of Edgar P. Lombera will do everything that can be done to prevent your license from being suspended.