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Signal Hill Dui Lawyers
Driving under the influence (DUI) charges in Signal Hill can lead to a long legal battle. You need the representation of experts who have worked on these types of cases before. H&M have the DUI and criminal defense experience that you need. H&M can help you to fight DUI charges in several ways.
Question the Tests and Experts
Proving that you were actually driving while under the influence is not as easy as prosecutors make it sound. The tests that are used are sometimes flawed. This is especially true for field sobriety tests that rely on the judgment of a single police officer. Even chemical tests that measure blood alcohol content or your breath can potentially have problems. The Signal Hill DUI lawyers at H&M can contest these results and question the experts. They know that serum blood tests can be very inaccurate. They know how to read the reports to see whether the blood or equipment was contaminated. Attorneys can ask the right questions to create some doubt about the results the tests. This can increase your chances of avoiding a conviction.
Provide an Effective Defense
Defending against DUI charges in Signal Hill requires the expertise of a law firm like H&M. This firm knows how to construct an effective defense that can persuade a judge or jury. An attorney can argue that your blood alcohol level was not accurate when tested because the officers waited too long. They can bring in experts to testify that the heartburn you were feelings could have made your blood alcohol readings up to four times higher. The lawyers know how to argue these defenses in court within a legal context. This type of effective defense can lead to an acquittal, a plea deal or even reduced charges.
Negotiate With Prosecutors and Judges
One of the attorneys at H&M was once a district attorney prosecuting DUI cases in the area. This experience can help because the lawyer knows many of the prosecutors and judges who might be handling your case. The result will be easier negotiations with prosecutors during pre-trial conferences. A former district attorney knows what prosecutors are looking for and what the prosecutor really wants from the trial. This can lead to plea deals that allow you to continue living normally. Negotiations and strong evidence against the charges could even lead a prosecutor to dismiss the case completely. You will get this type of representation only when using a firm like H&M that specializes in criminal defense and DUI charges.
Identify Violations of Your Rights
Not many people are aware of all the rights that protect the citizens of Signal Hill. Police or prosecutors could have violated your personal rights without your knowledge. This happens sometimes when officers or prosecutors are being overly aggressive in attempts to prove DUI charges. The DUI lawyers at H&M will look at your case closely looking for signs that your rights were violated. The police could have performed an illegal search and seizure by pulling over your vehicle for no reason. They might have violated your rights in other ways during the alcohol testing or booking process. These violations can create holes in the prosecution case and could result in evidence being thrown out of court. Expert lawyers know how to identify violations of your rights.
Reduce Fines and Penalties
If the case is not dismissed or settled through a plea, then you could be facing any number of fines and penalties. You could face extremely high fines, jail time and revocation of your license. The Signal Hill DUI lawyers at H&M will work to reduce those fines and penalties. You might get a sentence that includes doing community service rather than sitting in jail. Skill lawyers can make all the difference.