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Oakland DUI Lawyer

Alameda County DUI Defense Attorney Paul Burglin

Experienced Representation for People Charged With Drunk Driving in Alameda County

When visiting Oakland or Alameda County, there are plenty of things to do and see. From restaurants and bars to wineries and casinos, there is something for everyone. However, it is important to be aware that the police tend to patrol the county's roads at all times of the day and night, looking for any excuse to stop drivers and perform arrests for driving under the influence. If you are driving a rental car, you may be pulled over because your headlights were not working properly or because you drove slowly while keeping an eye out for a place to stay. These traffic stops often lead to arrests for drunk driving.

An arrest for DUI is a frightening event, especially for someone who does not have much experience with law enforcement. Those who are arrested may be held in police custody for several hours, their cars may be towed, and they may even miss a plane and struggle to determine how they can return home after this traumatic experience.

The penalties for an Oakland DUI conviction can be severe. A person will usually face a California driver's license suspension and a criminal charge in the Alameda County Superior Court. The consequences of this mess will be determined by a number of factors, including the basis for the traffic stop, how field sobriety tests were performed, and how accurate the results of a BAC test were. In many cases, the outcome of a case will depend on whether a person was represented by an experienced DUI defense attorney who is properly educated in matters related to drunk driving and the potential defenses that are available. In some situations, charges may be dropped or reduced, and you may be able to avoid the suspension of your driver's license.

To avoid the damaging effects of a DUI arrest and minimize the potential penalties of a conviction, you should seek counsel from an attorney who has been Board-Certified by the National College of DUI Defense. There are only five lawyers in the state of California who have achieved this recognition, which shows that a person has extensive knowledge and skill in this field of law as well as significant experience representing clients in DUI cases.

Driving Under the Influence

Oakland DUI Process

Oakland DUI Process

If you are arrested on suspicion of DUI, you will typically be booked into the Alameda County jail, and a court date will be set. In some cases, you may receive a citation and be released. Either way, it is advisable to contact a lawyer as soon as possible. With an attorney representing you, you may not need to appear in court personally. If you are charged with a felony, you may be required to pay bail before you can be released, and you will most likely be required to appear in Court with your attorney.

Oakland DUI Charges and Penalties

Oakland DUI Charges & Penalties

Even for a first offense, a DUI arrest in Oakland may result in significant penalties. If you refused a chemical BAC test, you may receive an administrative driver's license suspension for four months or one year. You could face fines and penalties of around $2,300, as well as potential jail time of up to six months. In any car you own or drive, the court may require you to have an Ignition Interlock Device installed.

California DUI Laws

California DUI Laws

In California, the laws related to drunk driving laws are severe. A driver convicted of DUI is typically charged with two criminal offenses: driving under the influence (DUI) and operating a motor vehicle while having a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or more. Additional penalties for higher BAC results or refusal of a chemical test may be applied. In addition, the California DMV will take action to impose a driver's license suspension.

Testimonials, Awards, and Recognition

  • Paul was very helpful and supportive during my DUI case. He was able to get my charges reduced and get my license back. I felt he was very understanding of what I was going through, as well as being very intelligent when it comes to DUI laws. He would always respond to my emails and calls ASAP. I HIGHLY recommend him. If I ever need an attorney again in the future, he is the one I will call upon.

    - RS

  • I was arrested for DUI and blew a .09/.09 on the breath machine. The highway patrol officer said I almost caused a car accident by swerving into an occupied lane on the freeway right in front of him. Mr. Burglin and his expert witness convinced the jury that I was under the legal limit at the time of driving and I was found 'not guilty' of everything.

    - J.L.

  • I was sitting behind the wheel of my truck with the engine running in the middle of an intersection. I had a .25 alcohol level and I threw up in front of the cop. I bombed the field sobriety tests. The Marin County jury hated my guts but they found me 'not guilty' on all charges.

    - G.T.

  • Paul Burglin has been my attorney in four separate jury trials - two in Sonoma County and two in Marin County. Two cases ended in hung juries and the other two ended in full acquittals. The last trial involved a cop who testified under oath that I had pointed a gun at him. Burglin absolutely destroyed him on cross-examination. It was unbelievable!

    - G.M.

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A DUI while visiting the Oakland area can ruin what was an otherwise nice trip. In these situations, you do not want to make matters worse by hiring an unqualified attorney. You need a strong legal advocate who will work tirelessly to defend you and fight the allegations levied against you. An Alameda County DUI defense lawyer who has the proper training and experience can handle everything for you, ensuring that you will not need to waste time or spend money to return to Alameda County for court proceedings or administrative hearings.

Get an ESTIMATE of your BAC

We have provided a BAC calculator to help you gain an idea of whether you are above the legal limit based on a number of common parameters, including your gender, age, weight, the number of drinks of different types that you have consumed, and the period of time during which you have been drinking. There are many other elements that influence actual blood alcohol test findings, and the results provided by the calculator should only be considered to be an estimate that is provided for informational purposes.

California Drunk Driving Law

Paul Burglin, Co-Author of California Drunk Driving Law

As the co-author of California Drunk Driving Law, a two-volume legal handbook known as the "Bible of DUI Defense," Attorney Paul Burglin has established himself as one of the most knowledgeable and experienced people in the field. This book includes hundreds of official case interpretations, information about creative drunk driving defense strategies, and answers to numerous questions that arise when it comes to this subject. Mr. Burglin is Board-Certified by the National College of DUI Defense, and he is the Editor-in-Chief of the NCDD's national journal and a Regent for the College.

With annual updates, California Drunk Driving Law contains up-to-date information and is regularly used as a resource by lawyers in California who are building successful DUI defense strategies for their clients.

Contact Your Alameda County DUI Defense Attorney

You deserve a strong and effective defense when you are facing DUI charges. Contact Burglin Law Offices, P.C. today at 510-250-5629 for a free, confidential, no-obligation consultation with Paul Burglin.

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