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What Are Some Common Defenses Against DUI Charges?

Here at Cohen Criminal Law, we understand that people make mistakes. We also understand that oftentimes, people are unfairly charged with crimes they did not commit. DUIs are among the most common cases we handle, and if you are someone who has recently been charged with a DUI, you should have hope, knowing that there are various defenses at your disposal once you partner with our Tehama County DUI lawyer. Please continue reading to learn more about defenses against DUI charges and how our legal team can fight for you. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are some of the best defenses against a DUI charge?

Fortunately, there are various potential defenses that our firm can use when fighting to disprove the allegations made against you. Some of the most common defenses against DUI charges are as follows:

  • The officer did not administer a field sobriety test, or incorrectly did so
  • The officer did not have probable cause to arrest you
  • The officer improperly administered a breath test, or the breathalyzer used was defective
  • Your constitutional rights were violated

What happens if I’m convicted of a DUI in California?

As you may know, the consequences of a DUI in California, especially a second or subsequent one within 10 years, can derail a person’s life. When someone gets a DUI, they will not only incur high fines, a license suspension, and prospective jail time, but they will also obtain what is known as a criminal record.

Having a criminal record is something that can drastically impact an individual for years down the road and is, in many ways, even worse than the initial punishment for a given crime. A criminal record can prevent someone from living in certain areas, securing certain loans, and from getting certain jobs, as you will most likely have to check “yes” when asked if you’ve ever been convicted of a crime. Though the consequences of DUI charges are heavy, our firm is here to fight them.

As with any case, the defense we choose will depend largely on the specific circumstances of your arrest. Give us a call today or reach out to our Red Bluff criminal lawyer online so you can tell us your story and so we can begin mounting the best defense possible.


Attorney Cohen has fought on behalf of those charged with crimes and traffic violations 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.