Knowledgeable California DUI/DWI Attorneys Protect Drivers’ Rights
Lawyers defending clients against criminal prosecution
Throughout California, law enforcement officials have been expanding efforts to crack down on drunk driving offenses. Being convicted of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated can have serious consequences, including loss of license, higher insurance costs, heavy fines and jail time. The Hanna Firm has the knowledge necessary to overcome the evidence against you, and the ability to help you attain the best possible outcome.
Advocates committed to challenging drunk driving charges
At The Hanna Firm, we understand that good people can make mistakes. We strive to satisfy our clients’ emotional, financial and legal needs by zealously representing their interests at every turn. We are knowledgeable about complex California DUI laws, and analyze every aspect of your case — from the initial traffic stop to Breathalyzer and blood test results to police reports — to build a strong defense. We know what the prosecution needs to get a conviction, and we challenge each piece of evidence against you. We work hard to make sure that you get the respect you deserve and the results you desire.
Counselors advise on what to do if you are stopped
If you have been pulled over by the police, there are several ways that you can help yourself:
- Do not be intimidated by the police. If you are nervous, police officers may think that you are hiding something or are intoxicated. Don’t give them that opportunity. Remaining calm and being polite are good ways to ensure that the stop progresses smoothly and ends quickly.
- Clean out your glove box. Fumbling through these compartments to find your registration or insurance can be easily misinterpreted as intoxication. Keeping the glove box or center console neat and clean allows you to swiftly grab your identification and present it to a police officer.
- Do not let the police search your car. Any evidence found in your car could be used to support a DUI conviction. Do not allow the officer to perform a search without a warrant. You have a right not to consent to a search.
- Take the sobriety test. Many DUI defendants have been found not guilty due to a malfunctioning breath analyzing machine or an improperly administered blood or urine test. Also, you may still blow under the legal limit.
- Get a blood test after release. Alcohol detection devices can be unreliable and malfunction. Don’t go to jail because of a broken machine. It’s a good idea to measure your BAC (blood alcohol concentration) with a blood test after arrest. At trial, your attorney can use that evidence to raise possible defenses.
- Contact a DWI attorney immediately. If you are arrested, the clock starts ticking. You have only 10 days to contact the DMV and request a hearing to avoid loss of your license. Time is of the essence, contact an attorney immediately.
We Will Help You Clear Your Record
Southern California attorneys keep your past from hurting your future
Does your stomach sink each time you fill out an application because you know you will have to answer questions concerning criminal convictions? The Hanna Firm is here to help you lessen the negative repercussions of having a criminal record. Mariam Hanna is a dedicated advocate with the skills necessary to assist clients interested in building a future free of the stigma that comes with having committed a crime.
We help clients get criminal convictions expunged from their records. Our office has a thorough understanding of California criminal laws and the inner workings of the court system, which is used to your advantage. Trust our office to diligently work for you.
What does expunging a record do?
A criminal conviction is permanently erased when a record is expunged. If you were convicted of a crime but have since had your record expunged, even the physical records of your conviction are destroyed. Subject to a few narrow exceptions, you are allowed to say you were not arrested, charged or accused of committing a crime.
Eligibility for expungement
Certain circumstances must exist in order for your case to even be considered for expungement. Grounds to have a conviction expunged vary on a state-by-state and case-by-case basis. Many states have waiting period requirements that say you cannot petition for an expungement until a certain period of time has passed, and others will only expunge a first offense from your record. Contact our office to discuss the circumstances surrounding your unique case.
Pave the way to a brighter future
Do not let a lapse in judgment or wrong act have a negative impact on your future health and happiness. Instead, contact The Hanna Firm to discuss having your record expunged. Reach out to our Westlake Village, California office online or at 866-257-5180 to schedule a consultation with a seasoned criminal defense attorney.