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Oceanside DUI Defense Attorneys


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In Oceanside, a DUI charge can have serious ramifications on your livelihood and personal life. You may have your license suspended, have to serve jail time, and attend DUI school for months, all based on a traffic stop. However, with the right attorney, your charges may be reduced or dropped completely.

If you have been arrested on a DUI charge in Oceanside, then you should not hesitate to contact jD LAW. Our Oceanside DUI defense lawyer has been defending clients for over 30 years and specializes in handling DUI cases. To learn how we can defend your rights, call us at (760) 630-2000 to discuss your case.

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Cases We Handle at jD LAW

No one knows how to handle a DUI case quite like jD LAW, and our firm is well-known for representing a wide variety of DUI cases to achieve positive results for our clients. Whether this is your first offense, your child was arrested, or you are a member of the military, we can provide thorough legal advice about how to proceed with your case and build the strongest defense available.

Cases that we can represent you in include, but are not limited to:

  • First-offense DUI
  • Second or subsequent DUI
  • Felony DUI
  • Underage DUI
  • Commercial Driver DUI
  • Military DUI
  • Out of State DUI
  • Boating Under the Influence
  • DUI with Injuries
  • Vehicular Manslaughter
  • DMV Hearings

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Penalties for a DUI in Oceanside

Oceanside courts, like most courts in California, have strict guidelines for how a DUI charge can be penalized, but each conviction has room for rehabilitation and a reduction in charges. Depending on the nature of your case, our lead attorney can advocate for a reduced charge that involves limited restrictions and no jail time or a complete dismissal.

For most first-time offenders, the penalties for a DUI include:

  • Two days to six months in a San Diego County jail
  • Fines of up to $1,000
  • A license suspension for up to six months or longer
  • Vehicle impoundment for up to 30 days
  • Community service requirements

However, second and third offenses are treated much more harshly, and a conviction can lead to:

  • Ten days to one year in a San Diego County jail
  • Fines of up to a $3,000
  • A license suspension of two years or longer
  • Vehicle impoundment
  • Community service requirements
  • Three to five years of probation
  • Mandatory alcohol treatment enrollment
  • Potential ignition interlock device installation

As you can see, subsequent convictions can lead to a significant increase in how you are penalized. In addition, if you are a member of the military or serve at Camp Pendleton, you may face a military DUI charge. While your case will involve the same punishments as a standard DUI charge, you may also face administrative punishments from the military, including:

  • Dishonorable discharges
  • Pay deductions
  • Rank reductions
  • Loss of security clearance

While most DUIs are charged as misdemeanors, it is possible you may be charged with a felony charge, which can result in:

  • A five-year license suspension
  • 16-months, two or three years in a California state prison
  • Fines of between $390 to $1,000
  • DUI school attendance for between 18 to 30 months

A felony DUI is often referred to as a DUI with Injury, meaning that another individual was harmed during your arrest, such as if you are in a traffic collision. In these instances, your case may also involve additional charges of vehicular manslaughter if an individual died in the collision. Bottom line, these charges are extremely serious, and the prosecution is unlikely to show mercy on you. That is why it is imperative that you secure sound legal advice before your case to ensure you receive the best defense possible.

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Building a Defense Strategy

You should start building your defense as soon as you are charged, as time is of the essence. Your attorney will need to review all available evidence and charges to determine the best course of action. Our team prides itself on creating miracles and defending cases that other attorneys will turn down, but you will want us to have as much time as possible to give you the best defense available.

Common defense strategies we have used in the past to have charges reduced or dismissed include:

  • Outlining how law enforcement illegally stopped you
  • Showing that the field sobriety tests were improperly administered
  • Demonstrated that the BAC test results led to a false positive
  • Explaining that charges are based on objective signs of intoxication, but there is no other supporting evidence

At jD LAW, our lead attorney is a Certified Criminal Law Specialist and has extensive experience as a former LAPD investigator. When you bring your case to him, you can trust that he will utilize all of his skills, expertise, and knowledge to protect your rights and ensure you are not charged with a crime you did not commit. To begin building your DUI defense case today, contact our Oceanside criminal defense lawyers today at (760) 630-2000.

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