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Pomona, CA 91766
WHAT IS YOUR BEST STRATEGY IF YOU HAVE A DUI PENDING IN THE POMONA SUPERIOR COURTHOUSE?
You should consult with a seasoned DUI defense attorney who has practiced in the Pomona court system and had success with cases similar to yours. There is no substitute for a DUI defense attorney who has traveled the path you are about to embark upon and achieved successful results for his or her clients. When clients come into meet with me, I make it a point to make sure that when they leave the meeting we have a game plan in place that addresses their concerns and the facts and circumstances of their particular DUI case.
It is crucial that the client knows what they can do to help me and to help themselves. If the client is able to give me an accurate unbiased run down of their case (without putting any spin on what happened), then I can usually give them a feel for the perimeters of what they are facing and what they can do to assist me in obtaining the best possible result. I will of course tell the prosecutor and judge what you stand to lose if they are too harsh on you. However, one of the big concept that they will be evaluating is how dangerous you were to the public at large and what they need to do to protect the community from future dangerous conduct by you.
With the above in mind, this gives you an idea of how important it is to convince the judge and the prosecutor that you will never do this again and they can trust you and give you a break. This is where an experienced DUI defense attorney comes in to make sure you are treated fairly and all of your most positive mitigating factors are brought to light. Only the best most savvy DUI defense attorneys know how to do this right, so the prosecutor and judge will listen and consider their argument.
What matters in the Pomona Courthouse when it comes to DUI cases? Pomona and the court system have that small town feel in many ways. That is why when it comes to DUI cases, the police, prosecutors and judges are very concerned for the community members and their safety. Again, the more successful I am at showing that my client is not a dangerous person and that their conduct was an aberration, the better results I achieve for them. I try to do everything I can to humanize my clients and their lives. DUI cases can have a devastating impact on a client’s life and I am serious about doing everything I can to make sure you are treated fairly and protecting all of your interests.
Factors that the prosecutor and judge will be considering in deciding their position relate to how high your blood alcohol level was, how dangerous your driving was (did you get in an accident? Were you speeding? Did you injure anyone?), what your prior driving and criminal record look like and how you interacted with the police. The prosecutors rely a lot on the police in determining how severely to deal with you. Because the prosecutors are not there when you get arrested, their best indicator of your behavior is the police and how they write up their police report. This is a problem, because the police are trained to make sure they do all then can to help the prosecutors successfully prosecute you.
If the police portray you negatively, then it is up to your DUI defense attorney to attempt to turn the tide in your favor. Fortunately, I find that law enforcement reports are usually so negative and one sided that the prosecutors realize that their report is not the be all end all. If you can show them the other side of the story in an effective manner, then I have had much success in convincing them of my client’s position and to realize that the police have not documented things fairly. This of course takes skill, experience and the know how of handling thousands of DUI cases and having dealt with the prosecutors time and time again. This familiarity tends to give a DUI defense attorney credibility with the prosecutor and judge. And, it gives the client a fighting chance in an otherwise unforgiving system.