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San Francisco CA DUI lawyer

San Francisco CA DUI lawyer

San Francisco CA DUI lawyerIf you have been arrested and face a DUI charge, we suggest calling a San Francisco CA DUI lawyer clients can depend on at Hallinan Law Firm for quality legal services. As someone who could receive a DUI conviction, we take your case seriously and understand what is at stake. You may have to pay mandatory fines, spend time behind bars, and lose your license. We know that many people arrested for a DUI feel hopeless and as though they have no grounds for fighting the charges.

However, it is possible that we can uncover issues with your arrest to get charges minimized or dropped. The best for us to know to what extent we can help you is through having a consultation done. If you or someone you love was arrested for a DUI, we urge you to call us right away for advice on what to do next.

Based on our experience, there are effective DUI defenses that can prove influential to your case, including: 

You Weren’t Given a Chance to Contact a Lawyer During Investigation

Did you know that every person has the right to call a lawyer during a criminal investigation? If you were not provided this opportunity, then there is a flaw in how your arrest was handled. You have the right to consult with legal counsel if it does not cause an unreasonable delay. If a SF DUI lawyer in CA files a motion to suppress evidence on the grounds of being deprived of the right to counsel, the prosecution has to prove that deprivation of counsel would have interrupted the investigation.

If they fail to do so, the remedy may be that evidence gathered is thrown out and charges are dismissed. So all in all, if the officer who handled your arrest did not let you contact a lawyer upon your request during booking and questioning, this may be cause for the case being dropped against you entirely. 

The Breathalyzer Test was Inaccurate or Faulty

During an arrest for a DUI, it is common for the officer to have the accused perform a breathalyzer test. This device will measure how many particles of breath alcohol are in the lungs, and then calculate a measurement of how much alcohol is supposedly in your blood. This breathalyzer test relies on a single rating. But because there is a variance in physiology between people, it can result in an inaccurate assessment.

Other reasons your breathalyzer test may not have concluded the right reading is if it was faulty, defective, or not properly calibrated by the officer prior to performing the test. The officer may have also asked you to get out of your vehicle and do movements such as walking one foot in front of the other on a straight line, touching your fingers to your nose while your eyes are closed, and more. There are so many other reasons why you may not have been able to do these movements aside from being intoxicated.

Let us protect you and your future by consulting with a DUI lawyer in San Francisco, CA at Hallinan Law Firm about potential defenses for your case.