California DUI Overview
About Douglas L. Gardner, Attorney at Law
Public service announcements warning against drunk driving are all over television shows and radio advertisements. And many people have heard horror stories about drunk drivers causing accidents or killing others. As a result, society has made pariahs of all people charged with drunk driving.
If you are facing charges for driving under the influence, the outcome of the case could haunt you for the rest of your life. If you are worried about losing your license or going to jail, an experienced attorney can help protect your rights and your license.
I am Douglas L. Gardner, Attorney at Law, and I have over 20 years of criminal law experience. I represent clients throughout Redding and Northern California with their DUI concerns. Contact me online or call 530-242-6500 to schedule your free initial consultation.
Why Should I Hire a Lawyer?
If you are facing a drunk driving conviction, you may be worried about what will happen next. When clients call me wondering what to expect during the legal process, I always give them an honest assessment of their situation and the consequences they may be facing.
I review all the information from the DUI arrest and evaluate the case. Because I worked as a prosecutor, I have a good understanding of what the other side is looking for, and I am able to identify weaknesses in the case.
In preparing my case, I examine the police officer’s actions such as:
I strive to minimize the financial impact and restrictions on your freedoms. I also handle the Administrative hearing with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). If this hearing is not requested, it will be lost, so it is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible. Contact me online or call 530-242-6500 to work with an attorney who can help protect your rights after a DUI arrest.
- Did the officer have probable cause for the stop?
- Was the administration of the field sobriety test proper?
- What kind of scientific examinations were done on the blood or breath tests?
- Did the police follow proper procedures during the arrest and did they advise you of your rights?
Areas of Practice
100% Criminal Law
John F. Kennedy University School of Law, Pleasant Hill, California
California State University, Chico, Chico, California
Past Employment Positions
Shasta County District Attorney’s Office, Senior Deputy District Attorney, 1989 - 2009
Shasta County Public Defender, Deputy Public Defender, 1986 - 1989
Delta Sigma Ph
COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
TYPE OF CASES MY FIRM HANDLES
I handle many types of criminal cases including Drinking and Driving (DWI / DUI) and Traffic Offenses.
YOU SHOULD HIRE ME IF:
You want an experienced trial attorney who will personally handle your file. I will not hesitate to go to trial on your case; that decision, however, will ultimately be yours.
IF YOU WANT TO TELL MY LAW FIRM ABOUT YOUR SITUATION YOU SHOULD:
I will personally communicate with you. If I am in Court when you call, you can leave a message. I personally guarantee you will hear back from me in 24-hours or less. My office phone is (530) 242-6500
MY CLIENTS WILL TELL YOU THAT:
My level of experience, knowledge of the law, and personal familiarity with the judges, prosecutors, and system is a great advantage. In addition, my personal and regular contact with clients, availability and involvement with every aspect of the case allows me to obtain the most favorable results.
MY PHILOSOPHY ON HOW I APPROACH EACH CASES IS:
Depending on the type of case I like to find out as much as I can about the facts of the case and talk to anyone who can help our defense. At that time we can discuss our options. The stronger our defense appears to the prosecutor, the better our chances are of getting a favorable result.
IF YOU WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MY FIRM YOU SHOULD:
Call for a consultation at (530) 242-6500, during which I can answer all of your questions.
Do You Need a DUI Lawyer?
Every state has some sort of "drunk driving" statute. The term "drunk driving" is in quotes because none of these laws require that you be "drunk" or "intoxicated" to be guilty. All that is required is that your ability to operate a vehicle has been impaired to any extent at all or that your Blood alcohol level exceeds the state limit (which is now .08% in all states). Some states call it DWI (Driving While Intoxicated), but it refers to the same offense. The consequences of DUI differ drastically from state to state and are influenced by your age, blood alcohol limit (BAC), whether you have been arrested for DUI in the past, and whether you caused injury or death during the DUI.
A DUI Lawyer can help...
Assess your legal situation
An experienced DUI Defense lawyer can help you understand what you are up against and the fines you may be required to pay. A DUI lawyer mostly deals with DUI matters and knows the process inside and out – including options that a public defender may not tell you.
Explain the consequences
The consequences of a DUI vary greatly from state to state and a DUI lawyer will be able to explain how those consequences in your state apply to you such as (1) harsher punishments for those arrested with BAC limits over .08, (2) special laws for underage drivers arrested for DUI, (3) possible community service or plea bargaining, (4) overlapping jurisdiction of Courts and your state's motor vehicle licensing department to suspend or revoke your license, and (5) contingent license programs that allow you to use your vehicle to get to and from work.
Manage the process
Dealing with the motor vehicle department can be frustrating and time consuming. A DUI Lawyer can manage the process for you by completing the required forms; making phone calls; scheduling and/or representing you at a Motor Vehicle Department suspension hearing, and making other necessary arrangements.
Represent you in court
An experienced DUI Lawyer knows the ins and outs of the courtroom and may be able to obtain a lesser sentence for you if your situation and state law allows for it.
Don't know if a DUI Lawyer is right for you? Here are some general guidelines:
Definitely hire a DUI Lawyer if you already have several DUI's and receive another; or if your DUI arrest was the result of an accident or if anyone was injured; or if you are a professional driver whose livelihood depends on keeping your license.
Seriously consider hiring a DUI Lawyer if you've been arrested for a second DUI (in the same or another state) or were arrested with a BAC limit over double the legal limit as harsher penalties may apply.
You might want to hire a DUI Lawyer if you don't understand your rights or DUI laws, what you need to do, or the consequences you face. You also might want legal representation if you are in a profession (or plan to be) that requires bonding or in which any criminal conviction might prevent you from getting or keeping a professional license. If you don't know the requirements, then you need expert advice before handling the case yourself.