Policeman Giving a Breathalyzer to A Driver


McCready Law Group May 4, 2022

According to the Annual Report of the California DUI Management Information System, there were 127,437 total DUI arrests statewide in 2018. Under California laws, it is illegal for any motorist to drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. A DUI conviction could result in lengthy imprisonment, massive fines, license suspension or revocation, and other devastating, life-altering ramifications. However, fighting your DUI charges can help you avoid any of these penalties and consequences.

At McCready Law Group, I'm committed to providing highly-personalized legal guidance and vigorous representation to clients facing DUI charges. As a knowledgeable California criminal defense attorney, I will investigate every last detail of your case, strategize a strong defense to fight your drunk driving accusation, and help keep your driving record as clean as possible. My firm proudly represents clients in Long Beach, Lakewood, Cypress Hill, California, and the surrounding communities.

Possible Penalties for a DUI in California

Under California DUI laws, it is an offense for a person to drive a motor vehicle:

  • While under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or

  • With a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of at least 0.08%.

Unfortunately, a DUI conviction in California could be devastating, depending on the aggravating or mitigating factors. If convicted, the possible penalties and consequences include:

  • Jail time (ranging from several months or years)

  • Massive fines

  • A criminal record/history

  • Driver's license suspension or revocation

  • Increased difficulty in securing employment or housing

  • Deterioration of professional relationships

  • Increased difficulty in getting public benefits or government assistance

  • Loss of your rights to own, possess, or carry firearms

  • Ineligibility to obtain certain financial loans

  • Increased auto insurance rates

  • Loss of scholarships or university acceptance

If you or someone you know has recently been arrested and charged with drunk driving, you need to reach out to a highly-skilled California DUI defense attorney immediately. Your lawyer can craft an effective defense strategy to help you avoid the devastating consequences of a criminal conviction.

Possible Defense Strategy

When charged with drunk driving in California, your defense counsel can help fight your allegations using any of these possible defenses:

  • Improper or unlawful stop

  • The police officer violated the defendant's civil rights.

  • The officer lacked probable cause to stop the driver.

  • You weren't intoxicated, or your driving wasn't impaired.

  • The field sobriety test was improperly administered.

  • Medical conditions caused the BAC level to rise.

  • Breath or blood tests produced inaccurate results.

  • The blood test was mishandled or tampered with in the chain of custody.

  • The Breathalyzer or breath test device was improperly calibrated.

  • No evidence of the offender being in actual physical control of the vehicle.

  • Violations of the rules of evidence and procedure

  • Improper interrogation or Miranda violations.

An experienced criminal defense attorney can investigate the surrounding circumstances of your case and determine the best defenses to help fight your DUI charges.

It's Worth it to Fight a DUI Charge

The consequences of a DUI conviction can be far-reaching. It can jeopardize your personal reputation, liberty, quality of life, driving privileges, and future employment opportunities. Also, a DUI conviction could lead to increased insurance rates or make it difficult for you to secure housing, job, education, or public benefits. Therefore, when facing drunk driving charges, you need to retain a highly-skilled and aggressive criminal defense attorney for detailed guidance and to help build your defense strategy.

For over 14 years, I have been handling criminal cases and defending the best interests of clients in their DUI cases. Using my extensive knowledge of the California DUI laws, I can help navigate the state's criminal justice system and apply it to your situation for the best outcome.

Fighting your drunk driving allegations can help you avoid the severe criminal punishment and social consequences of a DUI conviction. Contact my firm – McCready Law Group – today to schedule a simple case evaluation with a reliable DUI defense attorney. I can offer you the knowledgeable legal guidance, reliable advocacy, and vigorous representation you need in your DUI case. My firm is proud to represent clients across Long Beach, Lakewood, and Cypress Hill, California.

Proudly serving Long Beach, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Lakewood, Orange County, CA, and the surrounding areas, including Santa Ana and Fountain Valley. Criminal Defense and White Collar Crime Lawyer in Orange County, Domestic Violence and Manslaughter Lawyer in Orange County.