DUIs are one of the most common and democratic of criminal offenses as they affect all people, rich or poor, male or female, straight or gay, black or white, everyone in all walks of life. This law office has represented a diverse group of DUI defendants over the years and intends to do so, hopefully, well into the future.
The first thing you need to do when arrested for a DUI is to call an attorney immediately because more than any other crime, DUIs are time sensitive and they are also contested on two fronts: the DMV and the criminal court.
The clock starts running from the time you are arrested as once those cuffs are placed on your wrists, you have 10 days in which to contact the DMV to arrange for a hearing. If you do not do this simple task, you will be looking at a DMV letter approximately 30 days from your arrest informing you that your license will be suspended in a matter of days. An attorney contacted in a timely fashion will take care of this request for you.
The second reason you need to contact an attorney immediately is so that you can provide, while the facts are still fresh in your mind, the necessary details an effective attorney will need in order to zealously your case. The attorney is going to need a lot of seemingly innocuous information (i.e., what exactly you had to eat and drink, the approximate times of these activities, any health issues you may have, details regarding the stop, the field sobriety tests, admissions, the arrest and the chemical test taken etc.) in order assess your case, any possible defenses, the likelihood of a favorable resolution and to devise an effective strategy.
What should you look for in an effective DUI attorney?
An effective DUI attorney will need to have an extensive knowledge of not only the scientific basis and foundation of the various chemical tests whether it be a breath machine or a blood draw but also the requisite procedures and laws that insure reliability of such tests.
An effective DUI attorney should have an extensive knowledge of each of the field sobriety tests, the various clues a cop is to look for and the relative reliability or lack thereof of each test. If you are being faced w/ a DUI based on drugs, an effective DUI attorney should have the expertise to assess and analyze the report of the drug recognition expert. The effective DUI attorney will most certainly have a deep familiarity with the manuals of both the NHTSA and the CHP.
An effective DUI attorney will also need to be an expert knowledge of the 4th Amendment and its varied case law, state and federal, as to the rights of a suspect when faced w/ law enforcement and reasonable suspicion, detention, arrest and custodial interrogations. An effective DUI attorney will also have a familiarity with police procedure, report writing and the ways in which an officer is taught to testify at a hearing or trial.
An effective DUI attorney will also need to have a genuine concern and empathy for their clients because oftentimes, the DUI arrest and subsequent DMV hearing and criminal court proceeding is one of the most complex, frightening, stressful, uncertain times of one’s life and for good reason since the potential consequences for one’s liberty, employment, driver’s license and family relations, just to name a few things, can be severe, strained and humbling.
John Campion is just the effective DUI attorney you will need to guide you through this complex, difficult process in both the DMV and the criminal court, to zealously fight for you, using all the knowledge and expertise he has developed in almost 20 years of defending clients accused of a DUI and to ensure that your case is given the maximum effort, concern and justice that it truly deserves.
An effective DUI attorney will also need to be an expert knowledge of the 4th Amendment and its varied case law, state and federal, as to the rights of a suspect when faced w/ law enforcement and reasonable suspicion, detention, arrest and custodial interrogations.