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Experienced & Aggressive California Attorneys Defending Clients Charged with DUI/DWIs

We protect your rights in the judicial system

California law imposes harsh penalties on drunk driving defendants. Even first time offenders face incarceration, heavy fines, loss of driver’s license and long probation periods. With so much at stake, you need experienced representation when you are arrested for a DUI. The Law Offices of K.J. Petsas, PC has 40 years of experience protecting the rights of defendants. We are your advocates if you are arrested for drunk driving in the South San Francisco Bay Area.

Our firm strategizes a strong DUI/DWI defense

What should you do if you are charged with DUI/DWI in South San Francisco? Be aware that it is a serious offense that could cost you your job, your financial well-being and your freedom. You have the right to remain silent and a right to an attorney. Exercise those rights immediately.

Our firm represents you in your administrative hearings regarding your driver’s license suspension, and we challenge the evidence in your criminal case. We may adopt various strategies, such as:

Challenging the Breathalyzer test

You are presumed to be impaired if you have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent in most cases or a BAC of .04 percent while operating a commercial vehicle. Challenging the Breathalyzer results is crucial to overcome this presumption. We may do so by:

  • Demonstrating the Breathalyzer machine was not properly calibrated
  • Questioning the training and administration of the test
  • Proving that delays in administration of the test caused your BAC to register higher results than were likely at the time you were driving
  • Showing that the Breathalyzer machine is defective

Challenging the field sobriety test results

The officer may conduct a series of tests designed to determine whether you are impaired, including:

  • Horizontal gaze nystagmus (HGN) test
  • Walk-and-turn test
  • One-leg stand test

Our attorneys challenge the outcome by showing that the tests were not properly administered or the results do not indicate what the prosecutor claims they do.

Our attorney is skilled at cross-examining the police officer to challenge the subjective observations made about your appearance and behavior, thereby introducing reasonable doubt.

Benefits of using a DUI/DWI lawyer

For many clients, a DUI is their first and only experience with the criminal justice system. The process can be intimidating and confusing without the help of an experienced defense attorney. Our lawyers give you a candid assessment of your case and recommend the resolution that is best for you, which might include:

  • Negotiating for an equitable plea deal that avoids jail time or a reduced sentence
  • Seeking a reduction in the charges from DUI to reckless driving when the facts support it
  • Proposing sentencing alternatives, such as weekend incarceration, so you can protect your job
  • Vigorously defending you at trial when the state lacks enough evidence to prove its case
  • Obtaining a hardship driver’s license so you can drive to work, school and necessary places

We review all the facts of your case and help put you in the best position possible. We fight for your legal rights at every step of the process.

Call us immediately if you have been arrested for DUI in South San Francisco

Call the Law Offices of K.J. Petsas, PC at 650-624-8181 or contact us online for a free consultation on your DUI/DWI case. Our South San Francisco law firm represents defendants in courts throughout the Bay Area.

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  • South San Francisco Office
    1475 Huntington Avenue
    Suite 205
    South San Francisco, California 94080
    Phone: 650-624-8181
    Fax: 650-737-7964
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