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How A Lawyer Changes Everything For Your DUI Law Case

How A Lawyer Changes Everything For Your DUI Law CaseThis article unpacks:

  • How often a lawyer can appear for you in court for your DUI law case.
  • What the interstate compact is and how it plays into your license being affected if you live outside California.
  • How a lawyer can mitigate your out-of-state license being affected by a DUI charge in California.

I Was Arrested And Charged With DUI In Sonoma County But Do Not Live In Northern California. Can You Represent Me In My DUI Case? Will I Have To Come Back To Sonoma County For Every Court Appearance?

The answers to these questions depend on what kind of DUI you were charged with.

If you face a first-time offense, we can typically appear for you in almost every court appearance in Sonoma County, as well as most other counties in Northern California.

Things change if you are on a multiple offense, felony DUI (four DUIs within ten years), or your DUI caused an injury that is serious enough to make it a felony. In these instances, you would most likely need to appear in court yourself.

Sonoma County still does Zoom calls. This makes it a lot easier for people who are out of the area and attorneys to appear in Sonoma County.

Our firm represents people in all nine counties of Northern California and sometimes people outside those counties. Feel free to contact us to see if we can be of service to you.

I Was Arrested And Charged With DUI In Marin County, California But I Do Not Live In Northern California. Can You Represent Me In My DUI Case? Will I Have To Come Back To Marin County For Every Court Appearance?

We can represent you for your DUI case in Marin County, as we do with countless others, as well as people who live outside Marin County.

Fortunately, in most cases, you will most likely not have to come back to Marin County and appear in court. Very often we can handle your case without your presence at all, not even via Zoom. Even if your presence was required for some reason, Marin County has continued using Zoom for DUI cases after COVID. It is conceivable you could appear through that means. We would prepare you accordingly.

We take care of our clients facing DUI charges from beginning to end, walk them through everything, and make all appearances so that you are free to focus on your things like work and family during your case. If something is required in court for some reason, we would give you ample time to prepare.

I Was Arrested And Charged With DUI In The San Francisco Bay Area. I Live out-of-state. Will My Home State Driver’s License Be Affected?

Whether your out-of-state license is affected by your California DUI depends on the actions you take and the attorney that you hire. Despite how unfortunate this may be, it is the reality. Unfortunately, most attorneys who do general criminal defense, which usually includes doing some DUI cases, do not understand how this actually works.

Every state is a part of something called the Interstate Compact. This means that when you are convicted of a DUI or receive a DMV suspension, it is reported to all states in the compact. There are ways to slow down this reporting or make it so that the other states do not even see the conviction, however. Timing plays a critical role in making this happen, as is navigating insurance issues and avoiding red flags. Working with an experienced DUI lawyer, especially a member of the California DUI Lawyers Association, the National College of DUI Defense, or some other national organizations will likely be instrumental to you mitigating these risks. If you do not, your home state can do things like suspend you or force you to do DUI school — and some states are incredibly strict.

With the guidance of a skilled attorney for DUI Law Cases, you can have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that we’ll make it look easy. For more information on DUI Defense Law in San Francisco, a free initial consultation is your next best step. Get the information and legal answers you are seeking by calling (415) 523-7878 today.

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Aaron Bortel
With 30 years of specialized experience in DUI defense, Attorney Aaron Bortel is a dedicated advocate for those facing DUI charges in the Bay Area. Committed to helping clients avoid jail, save their driver’s licenses and jobs, and prevent permanent criminal records, he combines deep legal expertise with genuine care for his client's welfare. Trust in a lawyer who not only defends but truly supports you through challenging times.

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