If you have been arrested for DUI (Driving Under the
Influence) in the San Diego area, or any where in California,
you need this information. According to the American
Automobile Association (AAA), California has some of
the strictest and most complex DUI laws in the nation.
If convicted, the economic, emotional and social consequences
can be severe and long-lasting. Fines, penalties, court
costs, treatment program, license suspension, jail and
probation may all affect your life for years to come.
In 2003 the State of California reported its DUI conviction
rate at better than 70% statewide.
Represent yourself, or hire a Attorney? We are all
familiar with the saying that a person who represents
them self has a fool for a client. Even Attorneys have
Attorneys. You probably realize that you need help.
A qualified, experienced Attorney will ensure that you
get every possible protection, benefit and advantage
afforded by the laws and the courts.
It can be difficult and sometimes intimidating to find
the right Attorney to represent you. Here are some suggestions
for finding and hiring a good DUI Attorney in San Diego.
Where to begin? You could try the local yellow pages
or a Attorney referral service, but the information
you can get is limited. An Internet search, which you
are already doing, can provide you with more leads and
more of the kind of comprehensive information you need
The American Bar Association recommends that you make
sure the Attorney you are considering is licensed to
practice in California. A quick way to do this is to
contact the State Bar of California. The telephone number
is (213) 765-1000.
When you contact an Attorney, ask questions. This will
help you choose one that fits your needs. Ask about
everything you want to know including questions like,