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Drunk Driving

Attorneys Defending DUI Charges in San Francisco, Oakland and Throughout the East Bay

The state of California regards driving a car to be a privilege. In fact, for most of us, driving is a necessity, essential for our work, families and recreation. If you are arrested for driving under the influence in California, both the courts and the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) may act to take away your driving privilege, without regard to how essential driving is to your life or the life of your family.

There is an Interstate Driver's License Compact that requires the many signatory states to share information about drunk driving arrests and penalties. A brief indiscretion on a vacation can lead to substantial problems in the state issuing the driver's license. At Sugarman & Cannon, we have experience taming the interstate bureaucratic beasts. Contact our California law firm to learn more about your rights after receiving a DUI.

Skilled Drunk Driving Defense in the Oakland Area

You should hire a DUI defense attorney as soon as you can to guide and counsel you in both the judicial and DMV proceedings. Whether this is your first offense, or if you are facing felony charges due to prior convictions or because of injuries suffered by other individuals, you need experienced counsel from the beginning.

Sugarman & Cannon has represented hundreds of clients charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs both in court and before the DMV. We regularly appear in court for clients charged with both felony and misdemeanor drunk driving offenses. We have filed innovative motions and challenges to the prosecution of our clients in these cases, including participating in one case that was decided by the United States Supreme Court. We have been invited as seminar speakers to teach other attorneys how to represent clients charged with driving under the influence offenses.

Leading You Through the Complicated Court Process

Defense of an individual charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs can be complicated and challenging. The prosecution relies on "professional" witnesses ─ police officers ─ and both in-the-field and blood or breath tests to make its case. The prosecution relies on public anger at the sometimes tragic results of accidents attributed to a drunk driver to intimidate defendants into accepting harsh plea bargains.

We are not intimidated. We can guide you to make good strategic and tactical decisions for your case. We understand the sentencing options and opportunities that are available and that may make a real difference to you. We will put our experience and commitment to work for you.

Contact a Skilled Drunk Driving Defense Attorney in the San Francisco Area

We invite you to call to discuss defending you against a driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs charge. Contact Sugarman & Cannon at 415-362-6252 to speak with an experienced and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney.