San Francisco DUI Attorney

SAN FRANCISCO CA Law OFFICE

Summit Defense
580 California Street, 12th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94104

San Francisco DUI Attorney

SAN FRANCISCO CA Law OFFICE

Summit Defense
580 California Street, 12th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94104

If you’re arrested for a DUI in San Francisco, hire our experienced attorney at Summit Defense Attorneys. We offer free consultations and affordable payment plans.

Drunk driving or driving under the influence of alcohol or drug is a crime punishable by the law in many states, including San Francisco. Driving while intoxicated is considered neglect of due care as a driver.

Intoxicated driving could lead to some devastating scenarios. If you or anyone you know is involved in a DUI accident, you would need the help of an experienced attorney who has a vast knowledge of DUI law.

Our group of expert San Francisco DUI lawyers can help you find your way out of this challenging scenario and achieve the best outcome for your case.

WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF DUI OFFENSES?

types-of-dui-offensesThere are several types of DUI offenses, depending on the nature of the accident. A DUI offense could be classified as any of the following:

  • Denying chemical test
  • Driving under the influence with a driver is below 21 years of age
  • Driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol level of 0.8% or above
  • Driving under the influence with a minor passenger
  • Driving under the influence of illegal substances

Most DUI cases involve driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a Blood Alcohol Concentration greater than 0.8%.

A driver driving under the influence can be convicted of one or more types of DUI offense depending on the circumstance the authority caught them.

PENALTIES FOR DUI IN SAN FRANCISCO

penalties-for-dui-in-san-franciscoCalifornia Vehicle Code 23152 VC is a law set by California to prohibit driving under the influence.

  • Clause (a) of the Vehicle Code states that any person driving under the influence of alcohol is considered unlawful.
  • Clause (b) of the Vehicle Code states that any person with a blood-alcohol concentration greater than 0.8% is considered violating the law.

Depending on the severity of the DUI case, the consequences for this type of offense vary. The punishment for DUI charges progresses to multiple offenses.

  • First offense:
    • A 6-month jail time in San Francisco county jail
    • A fine of up to $1,000 plus penalty assessment
    • Driver’s license suspension of up to 10 months
    • 3 to 9 months of California DUI school
    • Probation of 3 to 5 years
  • Second offense:
    • A 1-year jail time in San Francisco county jail
    • A fine of up to $1,000 plus penalty assessment
    • Driver’s license suspension of up to 2 years
    • Up to 18 months of California DUI school
    • Probation of 3 to 5 years
  • Third offense:
    • Four months to 1 year jail time in San Francisco county jail
    • A fine of up to $1,000 plus penalty assessment
    • Driver’s license revocation of up to 3 years
    • Up to 18 months of California DUI school
    • Probation of 5 years
  • Fourth offense or felony DUI:
    • Six months jail time in San Francisco county jail and up to 3 years in state prison
    • A fine of up to $10,000 plus penalty assessment
    • Driver’s license revocation of up to 4 years
    • Up to 18 months of California DUI school
    • Probation of 5 years

All DUI cases are different from each other. In some instances, felony DUI charges would require the driver to install an ignition interlock device (IID) in their vehicle.

DMV HEARING AFTER A DUI ARREST

dmv-hearingA DMV hearing is an administrative meeting with the California Department of Motor Vehicles. This is set to determine the status of a violator’s driver’s license. Depending on the DUI case, the driver’s license could be suspended.

When a driver is arrested for a DUI charge, the arresting officer will issue a notice of suspension. This notice will serve as an alternative for the confiscated driver’s license. The arrested driver will have 10-days from the date of the arrest to schedule a meeting with the DMV.

Depending on the situation’s circumstances, the DMV will decide to uphold a deriver’s license suspension or reverse it. The questions in DMV hearings will mainly focus on confirming if you are indeed drunk driving.

Hiring an experienced DUI defense attorney is crucial in this case. They can make or break the situation for you. A DUI attorney with extensive experience knows the right words to say to get you the best outcome. They would know the best defenses to the questions thrown by the DMV.

Our law firm houses the finest DUI lawyers in the San Francisco bay area. They have the knowledge and expertise to win your hearing and recover your driving rights.

DUI STATISTICS IN CALIFORNIA

statistic produced by the California Department of Motor and Vehicles shows the number of DUI-related accidents and arrests reported in the past years. The figure below shows a 5-year review, from 2013 to 2017, of total DUI-related accidents and arrests.

Total DUI arrests:

  • 2017: 123,548 arrests made
  • 2016: 130,054 arrests made
  • 2015: 141,372 arrests made
  • 2014: 154,743 arrests made
  • 2013: 160,388 arrests made

The figure above shows a descending trend in the total number of DUI convictions made from 2013 to 2017. However, the same report shows an ascending trend in DUI-related fatalities from the same year.

  • 2017: 1294 alcohol-related fatalities
  • 2016: 1223 alcohol-related fatalities
  • 2015: 1144 alcohol-related fatalities
  • 2014: 1155 alcohol-related fatalities
  • 2013: 1197 alcohol-related fatalities

WHY CHOOSE SUMMIT DEFENSE FOR YOUR DUI ARREST CASE?

summit-defense-for-your-dui-arrest-caseA DUI conviction is a serious matter. A person charged with a DUI penalty could lose his driving privileges. He can also be jailed for a period of time because of this offense. A DUI offender can also lose a lot of money from fines and penalty charges, not to mention the lengthy and exhausting process of a DUI case.

At Summit Defense, our criminal defense lawyers have years of solid experience representing clients in front of the court to avoid DUI charges. Our aggressive DUI defense lawyers stop to nothing until you get the best possible result.

Our law firm worked with countless clients in the past, and all of them left satisfied with the result they received from our top-notch representation. Our competent lawyers have profound knowledge of criminal law, which they expertly utilize, paired with their years of solid experience in evading DUI charges.

A criminal defense attorney can make or break your chances in a DUI arrest. Hiring the appropriate criminal defense lawyer with a proven background of winning cases is crucial in your victory against DUI cases.

At Summit Defense, we offer a free consultation to thoroughly evaluate your case and provide smart and actionable legal advice.

DRIVING UNDER INFLUENCE ARREST FAQs

Can I keep my driver’s license?

In San Francisco, when a driver is arrested for driving under the influence, the responding officer will need to confiscate their license. They will provide a notice of suspension in place of the suspended license. This notice is effective for 30 days, and the driver has a 10-day period from the date of the arrest to request a meeting for a DMV hearing.

Whether the driver can keep his license or continue the suspension will depend on the hearing outcome.

What to do during a DUI arrest?

The most important thing to do after an arrest related to intoxicated driving is to contact a criminal defense attorney. Remain calm in the situation and do not admit that you’re driving while intoxicated. Answer only as direct as possible. Don’t share too many details or give them any suspicion that you are driving under the influence. Know that you have the right to refuse a field sobriety test.

What does a DUI attorney do?

A DUI attorney protects your right during a DUI-related arrest. They are an expert in criminal defense law, and they know how to defend you against any DUI accusations. It is vital to seek help from a proficient criminal defense attorney with extensive years of experience winning this type of case.

Do I need to go to DUI School?

It is required for intoxicated driving offenders to undergo DUI school when convicted of a DUI crime. The length of months needed to attend a DUI school will depend on the gravity of the crime and instances of the offense.

For the fourth offense with a felony charge, an offender will need to spend 18 months in a DUI school. On the other hand, a first misdemeanor offender will spend around 3 to 9 months in a DUI school.

CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED SAN FRANCISCO DUI LAWYER AT SUMMIT DEFENSE TODAY

contact-a-san-francisco-dui-lawyer-todayDriving under the influence is not a simple case. It is imperative to act fast when convicted of a crime related to drinking under the influence. Our California DUI lawyer understands the challenging situation you are in, and we know exactly how we can assist in your case.

Contact our law firm at 1 (866) 847-7613 for a free case consultation. You can also fill up this form for your case inquiry. At Summit Defense, we are always ready to help you.

COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT CRIMINAL DEFENSE

CAN I GET ARRESTED IF I’M INNOCENT?
DOES CALIFORNIA HAVE A 3 STRIKES LAW?
HOW CAN I HIRE A LAWYER WITH NO MONEY?
ARE PRIVATE ATTORNEYS BETTER THAN PUBLIC DEFENDERS?
DO CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYERS PREFER THEIR CLIENTS TO BE 100% HONEST WITH THEM?
I WASN’T READ MY MIRANDA RIGHTS. CAN MY CASE BE DISMISSED?
DO I NEED A LAWYER IF I’M INNOCENT?
WHAT’S A PLEA BARGAIN? SHOULD I ACCEPT A DEAL?
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A MISDEMEANOR AND A FELONY?

SAN FRANCISCO CRIMINAL COURT INFORMATION

HALL OF JUSTICE BUILDING

850 Bryant Street, San Francisco
Cases Handled: General: Most San Francisco criminal matters are heard in this court including traffic court.
Phone:
(415) 551-4000

CIVIC CENTER COURTHOUSE

400 McAllister St.
Cases Handled: Civil, family law, probate and some criminal cases.
Phone:
(415) 551-4000

COMMUNITY JUSTICE CENTER

575 Polk Street, San Francisco
Phone:
(415) 551-4000

To find out which court you are in, please see the Daily Calendar posted at Room 101 at the Hall of Justice Building, or you can contact the clerk’s office on (415) 551-0322. However, if you have retained an attorney, they will find out which court your case is in and let you know where you need to go – and if you need to attend court at all.

Directions to our San Francisco office

Summit Defense is located on 580 California St 12th floor, San Francisco. From San Francisco International Airport (SFO) head northwest and keep left at the fork to continue toward Airport Access Rd. Then keep left at the fork to continue toward Airport Access Rd and continue onto Airport Access Rd. Next, use the left lane to turn slightly left to stay on Airport Access Rd and continue straight to stay on Airport Access Rd. After that, make a U-turn and use the 2nd from the right lane to keep right at the fork, follow signs for US-101 N/San Francisco and merge onto US-101 N. At this point, use the right 2 lanes to take exit 430A to merge onto I-280 N and take exit 56 toward Mariposa Street. Use the right 2 lanes to turn slightly left onto Owens St and turn right onto 16th St. At 1.7 miles, turn left onto 3rd St. Finally, continue onto Kearny St and Summit Defense will be on your left.

We’re open 24 Hours.

For additional questions you can call us at (415) 666-2316 or you can find us on Yelp.

HIRE AN EXPERIENCED TEAM OF CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYERS TO FIGHT FOR YOU

CALL OUR SAN FRANCISCO CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYERS FOR A FREE CONSULTATION

Choosing a San Francisco criminal defense attorney is a difficult process, which is why we try to make this process easier by providing a free consultation.

Contact us online or call us at 1-866-560-4276 to see how our criminal law specialists can support you or your loved one during this difficult time. We look forward to meeting you and discussing your defense needs as we formulate your best legal strategy.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO OUR SAN FRANCISCO CA OFFICE

From North (North Beach)
From East (Lower Pacific Heights)
From South (South of Market)
From West (Financial District)

JAILS IN SAN FRANCISCO

There are several county jails in San Francisco, as well as one located in San Bruno (although still within the jurisdiction of San Francisco county). They are run by the Sheriff’s Department.

County Jail #1 at 425 7th Street

All prisoners are initially booked in through this jail in San Francisco, but moved to on of the other facilities after booking is complete.

County Jail #2 on 7th Street

This facility houses both men and women inmates, but is the only jail in San Francisco that houses women.

County Jail #4 at Bryant Street

This jail is the maximum security facility for San Francisco County.

County Jail #5 on Moreland Drive, San Bruno

This large facility is actually located in San Mateo County, but falls under the jurisdiction of San Francisco County and City.

If a prisoner requires medical attention or mental health treatment, they are housed in a locked ward at San Francisco General Hospital on Potrero Avenue.

HOW DO I VISIT SOMEONE IN JAIL IN SAN FRANCISCO?

The Sheriff’s Department requires all visitors to schedule visits to inmate online, except for those who wish to visit people being held in San Francisco General Hospital.

Visits can be scheduled via the Sheriff’s Department website, here. Visits are available on weekends and holidays, and at the San Bruno jail on Thursday evenings, although attorneys can visit their clients outside of those times. There are strict rules that apply to jail visits, such as time limits and dress requirements. You should make sure that you review the rules carefully beforehand; otherwise you may not be allowed to visit.

Federal Court Locations

Phillip Burton Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse

450 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
Phone:
+1 415-522-2000

United States District Court

1301 Clay St #400S, Oakland, CA 94612, USA
Phone:
+1 510-637-3530

San Francisco Federal Building

The San Francisco Federal Building is an 18-story, 71.3 m …
Phone:
+1 800-333-4636

Superior Court of California

375 Woodside Ave, San Francisco, CA 94127, USA
Phone:
+1 415-682-5100
Meet The Team
With over 120 years of cumulative and exclusive Criminal Defense experience, our reputation for aggressive and results oriented performance, whether in State court or Federal Court, has been documented by several Bay Area news channels and vetted by hundreds of satisfied clients. Our success and industry recognition is the result of our EXCLUSIVE FOCUS on criminal defense; we don’t accept personal injury or family law cases. This single-minded focus allows us to keep pace with the ever-changing landscape of legal doctrine and provide you with the best results possible.
our attorneys
James Reilly
Attorney at Law
RABIN NABIZADEH
Attorney at Law
DEEPTI SETHI
Attorney at Law
MARIO ANDREWS
Attorney at Law
COLLIN MOORE
Attorney at Law
ALISON MINET ADAMS
Attorney at Law
SCOTT MOSSMAN
Attorney at Law
PATRICIA CAMPI
Attorney at Law
TENNILLE DUFFY
Attorney at Law
ROSS PYTLIK
Attorney at Law

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