Your DUI Attorney in San Diego
If you are being charged with a DUI, contact an experienced and knowledgeable attorney who will represent your interests with the utmost integrity and professionalism. Michael E. Cindrich is known throughout southern California as an authority on DUI cases and is respected for his aggressive approach to defending his clients. He regularly gives presentations concerning DUI laws and courtroom tactics and was most recently a featured speaker at a DUI legal education seminar attended by dozens of attorneys. A former prosecutor, Mr. Cindrich will use his skills and experience to provide you with the highest level of DUI representation.
While often not a high-profile crime, being charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can have a significant impact on a person’s life and or livelihood, particularly in the tragic event of an injury or fatality. We have extensive experience with DUI’s and vehicular crimes and approach them vigorously. We understand that this experience is very upsetting for the individual involved. We will help you understand the consequences of a possible conviction, which typically range from a fine to the suspension or revocation of your license. In more serious cases, aggressive representation is even more critical. If you have been arrested in connection with an accident that resulted in grave injury or death, a DUI arrest may result in prosecution for aggravated assault, negligent homicide, vehicular manslaughter or even murder. It is important to begin to work on your defense as soon as possible after your arrest.
As with any criminal matter, cases related to driving under the influence require thoughtful consideration at every stage. We understand the particular stresses associated with this type of case, which can be a jarring introduction to the criminal justice system. We can explain your options and help you craft an effective defense. We can also fight the DMV ramifications that you will face as a result of your arrest.
DUIs are one of the most common offenses committed in Southern California. Many people are not aware that there are generally three ways to get arrested for a DUI in California. The first is a violation of Vehicle Code section 23152(a), which states that it is unlawful for any person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage to drive a motor vehicle. This means that if, in the opinion of the investigating officer, you cannot operate a motor vehicle with the caution and care of an ordinary person acting under similar circumstances, you can be arrested for a DUI. As you can see, this is a very subjective code section, leaving much room for a challenge in court by an effective DUI attorney.
The second most common way to get arrested is a violation of Vehicle Code section 23152(b), which states that it is unlawful for any person who has 0.08 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood to drive a motor vehicle. Though this is set number, the prosecution must be able to show that your blood alcohol level was at least a 0.08 at the time of driving. If your blood alcohol test was performed some time after you were pulled over by the police, the prosecution might have a difficult time proving that you were over the legal limit at the time of driving. An experienced attorney such as Michael E. Cindrich is essential in helping you to establish a defense to these charges.
The final most common way to get arrested is a violation of Vehicle Code section 23152(e), which states that it is unlawful for any person who is under the influence of a drug to drive a motor vehicle. Similar to Vehicle Code section 23152(a) above, this means that if the investigating officer believes you cannot operate a motor vehicle with the caution and care of an ordinary person acting under similar circumstances, you can be arrested for a DUI. Since there is not a “per se” level of drugs in one’s blood that is necessary for a DUI, this section allows for a broad range of arguments by a skilled DUI defense attorney. Michael E. Cindrich is well known for his ability to attack DUI-drug cases and get the best possible results for his clients.
Remember, if you are driving under the influence and you injure someone, you could be charged with a felony!
As a former prosecutor with the County of San Diego District Attorney’s Office, Michael E. Cindrich has considerable experience handling DUIs. If you are arrested and charged with a violation of either Vehicle Code section 23152 or 23153, you should seek the advice of a DUI defense attorney who is familiar with both sides of the criminal justice system. Mr. Cindrich knows how the prosecutor will attack your case, and he will expose the flaws in their arguments. Mr. Cindrich will review the conduct of law enforcement to ensure that the proper procedures were followed in obtaining evidence against you.
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