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Proven Santa Barbara Attorneys Help Motorists Fight DUI Charges

Dedicated law firm delivers strong defense counsel for accused drivers

Stops and arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs are often based on shaky, subjective legal grounds. However, it takes a knowledgeable attorney to find the flaws that occurred during the law enforcement process. If you’ve been charged with DUI or DUID, our firm, The Law Office of Robert F. Landheer in Santa Barbara, will battle to secure the fair treatment you are entitled to. Attorneys Robert Landheer and Russell Brown are dedicated advocates for the constitutional rights of California drivers. Even if your test result exceeds the legal limit, it might be the result of a tainted sample or unauthorized police actions. Our firm works diligently to exclude improper evidence and safeguard our clients’ interests at trials and during negotiations with prosecutors.

Knowledgeable lawyers prepare a thorough defense in drunk driving cases

Don’t surrender your rights without getting an informed perspective on your case. Our lawyers can examine the facts in your case and help you understand how the relevant law applies. Using our decades of experience, we can explain issues such as:

  • Legal blood alcohol levels — For most California drivers, a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or higher is the standard to determine legal intoxication. However, operators of commercial vehicles must adhere to the tougher standard of .04 percent, and drivers under the age of 21 are not permitted to have any alcohol in their system.
  • Penalties for DUI convictions — Even a first conviction for driving under the influence includes jail time and a license suspension of at least 30 days. Penalties escalate quickly for multiple offenders and cases where someone was injured in a DUI-related accident. Other sanctions include fines and the installation of an ignition interlock device, which prevents your car from starting if you are impaired. Qualified legal representation gives you the best chance of defeating a DUI charge or securing another type of fair resolution.
  • Refusal to take a sobriety test — Under the doctrine of implied consent, a driver who is lawfully arrested on suspicion of DUI is required to take a test if requested by police. Refusal of a breathalyzer, blood or urine test leads to an automatic license suspension and fine. This is a driving violation, not a criminal charge, so there is no chance to defend yourself. You still might face a DUI count as well.

Even if you have not been convicted of drunk driving, your driver license can be confiscated and sent to the Department of Motor Vehicles based only on a police officer’s suspicion. This administrative per se suspension will be in place until your charges are dismissed or you win a reversal in a hearing. Our firm provides a free initial consultation so that you can get the representation you need without any delay.

Skilled advocates challenge allegations of drug-impaired vehicle operation

Determining whether someone is impaired by prescription medications or illegally used substances can be very difficult. No simple breathalyzer-type test exists for cases where a police officer suspects someone of driving under the influence of drugs. Frequently, these charges are based entirely on subjective impressions by people who lack the requisite knowledge to distinguish whether certain evidence is the result of particular substances or completely innocent conduct. Bloodshot eyes might be the result of an allergy. A marijuana odor in a car might have been from a passenger or an activity that occurred several days earlier. Our experienced criminal defense attorneys work closely with you to overcome prejudicial attitudes and police mistakes that deny your right to appropriate treatment under the law.

Contact an established Santa Barbara DUI defense lawyer for a free initial consultation

The Law Office of Robert F. Landheer represents California motorists who are accused of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Please call 805-962-5103 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation at our Santa Barbara office.

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  • Santa Barbara Office
    924 Anacapa St.
    Ste 1-T
    Santa Barbara, California 93101
    Phone: 805-962-5103
    Fax: 805-965-0809