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Potential Defenses Against DUI Charges in California

There are few things more frightening than hearing a siren and then seeing police lights behind you. Unfortunately, this is just what many people see and hear before they are arrested for driving under the influence. If you recently received a DUI in California, it is critical that you continue reading and speak with our experienced Red Bluff criminal lawyer to learn more about some of the many potential defenses against DUI charges and how we can use them to your benefit. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What happens if I am charged with a DUI in California?

If you are charged with a DUI in California, you can expect to face a wide array of very serious penalties, especially if this was your second or subsequent DUI within a 10-year period. Some of the most common penalties associated with DUI charges in California are as follows:

  • Jail time
  • High fines
  • Loss of license
  • Installation/use of the ignition interlock device
  • Community service
  • Probation
  • Enrollment in DUI school

You should note that if you are convicted of a DUI, you will also obtain a criminal record, which can impact your life for years to come, long after you’ve completed your sentencing. A criminal record can prevent you from getting certain jobs, living in certain places, securing certain loans, and more. Our firm is here to help prevent that from happening.

What are some potential defenses against DUI charges?

There are several potential defenses against DUI charges, however, the specific defense we use depends entirely on the circumstances of your arrest. That being said, some of the most common defenses against DUIs are as follows:

  • The officer had no reasonable suspicion to stop you
  • Your constitutional rights were violated over the course of your stop/arrest
  • There was no probable cause for arrest
  • Your breath test was improperly administered
  • The breathalyzer you used was defective
  • You were improperly administered a field sobriety test

We know that there are few things more unsettling than being charged with a DUI, which is why you can guarantee that our Red Bluff criminal lawyer will fight for your rights through every step of the legal process ahead. Attorney Cohen is on your side.


Here at Cohen Criminal Law, we believe that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Our mission is to defend your rights, and we are committed to that mission. We will be your number one advocate through every step of the process. Attorney Cohen has fought on behalf of those charged with crimes for over 30 years, and he is ready to fight for you, too. Contact Cohen Criminal Law today to schedule your free initial consultation with our firm.