DUI

Riverside DUI Attorneys

Confronting DUI Charges in Southern California


Driving under the influence (DUI) is the act of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated or impaired by alcohol and/or drugs. DUI is a criminal offense, and as such, it carries consequences that are far heavier than a minor traffic offense. These charges are taken very seriously by law enforcement officials and court officials in Riverside County.


A single DUI charge can cause enough damage to a person's future and their career; multiple DUI charges can lead to even harsher consequences, both legally and personally. If you have been charged with DUI, a skilled criminal defense lawyer may be the difference between having the charges dropped and suffering the consequences of a conviction. At Hanson, Gorian, Bradford & Hanich, we make it a priority to help our clients find a positive resolution to their DUI troubles.

We have 50+ years of combined experience. Our DUI lawyer in Riverside has practiced in civil and criminal courts throughout Southern California, including the federal court system.
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The Punishments for a DUI Conviction

If a chemical test such as a Breathalyzer test or blood test measures a driver's blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at .08% or higher, they may be charged with driving under the influence. Along with heavy fines and jail time, one of the most damaging effects of a DUI conviction is the mark on a criminal record. It can ruin an individual's future opportunities and threaten their career.

A DUI conviction may come with the following punishments:

  • Thousands of dollars in fines
  • Years served in jail or prison
  • Driver's license suspension
  • Probation and community service
  • Ignition interlock device (IID)
  • Court-ordered drug/alcohol treatment

Each consecutive DUI charge in your life can result in increased penalties
and even permanent revocation of your driver's license.
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How to Protect Your Driving Privileges

If your license was suspended during a DUI arrest, the officer issues you a temporary driving permit that usually expires in a month's time. From the time of the arrest, you only have 10 days to contact the DMV and schedule a hearing to appeal your license suspension. If you fail to schedule this hearing, your license could be suspended for the full term, a period of up to 18 months!

At Hanson, Gorian, Bradford & Hanich, we help our clients protect their driving privileges by representing their best interests in automatic license suspension hearings at the DMV. Our Riverside DUI lawyer has the skills and experience that may be necessary to defend your rights and successfully appeal the suspension at the DMV hearing and during a criminal trial.

If your license is suspended, you are prohibited from driving a vehicle
for work, school, or other responsibilities.
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What You Should Know About DUI Arrests

First of all, do not give up—a DUI arrest does not guarantee a conviction. Regardless of the officer's suspicion or the evidence brought against you, a court of law must find you guilty of the DUI charge. The worst thing you may do after a DUI arrest is take no action to protect your rights.

We may help you gain a clear understanding of the circumstances of your arrest and the charges you may be facing. In many situations, multiple criminal charges may be in play, and our DUI attorneys in Riverside are prepared to handle even the most complex criminal cases for our clients.

Drivers under 21 may be arrested if they measure a .02% or higher BAC!
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How Officers Perform DUI Stops in CA

Police officers have the right to conduct a traffic stop and question an individual if they suspect that a driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. There are several indications that officers use to determine whether a person is intoxicated or impaired. However, while these may be useful for performing traffic stops, they may not stand alone as incriminating evidence of intoxication.

Common indicators that police look for include the following:

  • Ignoring traffic signs
  • Swerving into wrong lanes
  • Speeding
  • Reckless driving
  • Making wrong turns

The real trouble may begin after the officer stops an individual. They will look for other indicators of intoxication: smell of alcohol, slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, open containers, etc. If the officer believes there is evidence to suspect that a person is intoxicated, the officer may require the driver to perform a field sobriety test or chemical breath test.


DUI Field Sobriety Tests & Breath Tests

Field sobriety tests are not mandatory—you may refuse to take them without legal consequence. However, refusing this test may not stop the officer from arresting you for DUI based on the evidence he has collected so far. It may still be best practice to refuse field sobriety tests, since the results cannot exonerate you. Ultimately, FST evidence may only be used against you in court.

Refusing a chemical breath, blood, or urine test usually results in harsh legal consequences for a driver. If you refuse a chemical test, the officer can automatically suspend your driver's license. If this occurs, you only have 10 days to schedule a DMV hearing to appeal the suspension. Otherwise, you could lose your driving privileges for a period of 6 months to more than 1 year.

Protect Your Rights & Your Future—Call 951-687-6003

Do not suffer the harsh consequences of a DUI conviction without taking steps to secure your future. At Hanson, Gorian, Bradford & Hanich, we help our clients explore all their legal options and find a solution that offers them a strong defense as well as a positive outcome. Contesting weak evidence is only one part of the legal services that our DUI attorney offers.

From protecting your driving privileges before, during, and after criminal trial to taking legal measures that may ensure your future opportunities are not affected by a DUI arrest, our firm is able to put our clients best interests first and obtain effective legal solutions in all kinds of situations. Your case is unique, and it deserves a personalized approach from a dedicated legal professional.

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