Matt Ruff & Alex Griggs, Top Tehachapi DUI Attorneys
Contact Matt or Alex at 661-243-1084
If you or someone you love has been arrested for DUI in Tehachapi we can
help. For over 25 years our Law Firm also handles criminal defense such as
domestic violence, drug possession, reckless driving and most other traffic
matters including speeding over 100 mph.
One of the most prevalent of all criminal offenses is DUI. When a person is
arrested for drunk driving in Tehachapi 2 things come into play. First, the
officer takes the license from the accused and serves him or her with an official
notice of the DMV's intent to suspend, which is also a temporary license.
Many folks ignore the importance of this document and falsely believe that they
can simply do nothing until they go to Court. This is wrong. If you want to
save your license from an automatic suspension that can last for a minimum of
4 months and up to 2 years, you must contact the DMV and demand a
hearing. A Tehachapi DUI Lawyer can file paperwork with the DMV to stop
the suspension from going into effect.The purpose of this step is to challenge
the administrative per se license confiscation that flows from the arrest.
Defenses to the suspension can include the failure of the police officer to follow
the statutory regulations, lack of probable cause to stop or arrest, and showing
that the driver was stopped while in the absorptive state and his/her BAC was
lower at the time of driving than it was at the time of testing, just to name a few.
The second step is the Tehachapi criminal case that will be brought against the
individual. The foundation of the case will be the charge of Vehicle Code
section 23152 which is broken down into 2 sub-charges, the "A" count and the
"B" count. VC23152A is the common law offense of driving under the
influence, also know as driving while you are impaired either by alcohol or
drugs or both. The 23152B allegation is driving with a .08% or more of alcohol
in your blood. Both vehicle Code violations carry a potential jail sentence, a
substantial fine, mandatory completion of a DUI school for up to 18 months,
among many other penalties. The good news is that with the help of a
Tehachapi DUI Attorney the charges could potentially be dropped, reduced or
the penalty minimized.
How Do You Fight The Breath Test? The testing of blood alcohol levels
using breath is fraught with many problems. The primary cause of most breath
testing failures is human error. The cop that arrested you is required to
administer the test by following official standards set forth by the State of
California. Unfortunately many officers fail to follow the correct regulatory
requirements. Recently, our Law Firm has seen problems relating to hand
sanitizers and breath machines. Specifically, many cops use the ethanol based
sanitizer in close proximity to the machine and it creates contamination.
A recent success story for our office is a case where the client was stopped
after leaving a local bar. The client, a visitor to the area working on the wind
farms, was subjected to various FST's and a breath test. He called Tehachapi
DUI Lawyer Matthew Ruff and retained him to defend the case. Matt
appeared in the Mojave Court and negotiated a dismissal of the Driving Under
the Influence charges.
In another case we were hired after a client was arrested in Kern County for
DWI. He had a prior drunk driving and was facing mandatory jail time. Out
Law Firm fought the case and negotiated a NO JAIL probationary deal.
How Can The Blood Test Be Fought? Blood testing for drinking alcohol in
California is highly regulated. When an officer makes an arrest for drunk
driving he or she has to follow strict guidelines in the collection, processing and
storing of the blood tube. Our attorneys know the rules better than most cops
and we can challenge the evidence in an effort to suppress the test results.
What about Marijuana or drug related DUID? Our lawyers are pros at
fighting DWI involving prescription drugs such as pain killers as well as
cannabis products. Our success rate for drugged driving charges is unmatched
because we know the science of drug testing and the use of Field Sobriety
Tests in DUID cases.
All criminal cases in Tehachapi are heard in the East Kern Superior Court in
Mojave. Our Tehachapi CA Criminal Defense Attorneys handle all charges
such as drug possession, domestic violence, assault, driving on a suspended
license and all other criminal offenses. Protecting the rights of our clients is
what we do and we do it better than anyone else. Our goal as Tehachapi
Criminal Lawyers is to keep any indiscretions from becoming part of a person's
permanent record. We also handle speeding tickets in mojave and commercial
driving ticket cases in the Mojave Court.
If you have been arrested for DUI in Tehachapi California you need a local and
experienced lawyer on your side.
Contact the Lawyer directly 661-243-1084