Plan the Next Steps for your Oakland DUI Defense Strategy
There are three things you should know about beating your DUI charges in Alameda County Superior Court.
#1 – You do not need to post bail. Hire an attorney instead.
When you post bail, you have to put down a large non-refundable deposit. Frequently it is 10% percent of the total bail amount. An experienced attorney can usually get the bail amount eliminated by having you released on your own recognizance. If it is a Misdemeanor charge, you should be released without bail. If it is a Felony charge, then you should have your lawyer try to have you released without bail or have the bail reduced.
Posting the bail deposit is an absurd waste of money because it’s usually unnecessary and you’ll never get it back. Think of it this way: that’s $10,000 that you will never see again. And the bail bondsman can impoverish you by taking away your savings, your belongings, your home, your car, and whatever else you had to put up as collateral.
Posting bail also does not help address your DUI charges. You need an attorney to help you confront the charges.
#2 – Prepare Your Defense. Write everything down.
Put in writing a full account of what happened. Don’t put it off. Do it while the details are still fresh. It’s better to include too much than too little. You can fill one page or you can fill 20 pages. It can be typewritten, dictated in your phone, or handwritten. It doesn’t matter. What matters is to have a complete record of what happened the night of your arrest. This will help Mr. Drewry review your case. In fact, start the night before you were arrested. Remember, the cop is writing a report to convict you, so you better have one to protect yourself.
Here are some questions to jog your memory and start the process:
- What time did you go to sleep the night before?
- What time did you get up?
- What did you eat for breakfast? And what time?
- Did you go to work that day?
- What time did you leave?
- What time did you arrive?
- Did you take a break and eat? What time and what did you eat?
- Did you have lunch? What?
- Did you have a break in the afternoon and eat something, time and what?
- What time did you get off work?
- Where did you go?
- Did you have dinner? What time and what did you eat?
- What time did you go out?
- Where were you headed?
- What time did you arrive?
- Were you alone?
- What time did you start drinking?
- What were you drinking? How many?
- What time did you leave?
- Where were you going?
- At what time did the officer pull you over?
- Where did the officer pull you over?
- What questions did the officer ask? How did you answer?
- Were you polite?
- Did you give your license, proof of insurance, and registration to the officer?
- How did you answer when the officer asked if you had any alcohol to drink? Be specific.
- Did the officer ask you if you took any drugs of any kind? How did you answer? Be specific
- Did you do Field Sobriety Tests? Which tests?
- Did you blow into a street breath test machine? If yes, did the officer tell you that you did not have to blow into that machine?
- After you were arrested, did the officer give you the choice of either a breath or blood test? Which one did you choose?
- Where did they take your blood, at the jail?
- Did the person who drew your blood wash their hands before putting on the gloves?
- How many vials did they draw?
- Did they video tape you?
#3 – If you’re serious about winning, then find an expert Oakland DUI defense attorney like Donald Drewry
If you’ve never been through this before, then it may be hard to tell the difference between an experienced attorney and an inexperienced one. But as the old adage goes, you really get what you pay for. An inexperienced attorney usually offers a simple solution for a lowball price. And what do you get for that? Someone who shows up at court to help you plead guilty to all charges before they have researched everything in your case. We call them dump truck attorneys because they tend to dump their cases – that is, their clients – on the steps of the courthouse and then leave to take the next case as quickly as possible.
DUI cases are very defensible as long as you have a skilled DUI defense attorney familiar with the law and court procedure.
- DUI Charges can be dismissed.
- Field Sobriety tests are rarely reliable.
- Chemical tests are not always accurate, especially BLOOD results.
Here’s another way to spot a bad defense lawyer. A lawyer who takes every case that comes along may not have the training and knowledge to win your case. Even attorneys who have experience defending criminal cases may not know how to properly defend against DUI charges. It may be tempting to make the problem go away by hiring the cheapest attorney who advises to just plead guilty and get on with your life.
So what happens if you do that? Well, you might lose your job. And if you lose your job, you might get evicted or foreclosed upon. It is very difficult to get a new job anywhere in the country if you have a conviction on your record. Think it through. You may not realize it yet, but you’re in the fight that will affect your life.
DUI cases are complex to defend and the attorney who represents you should possess legal expertise in:
- Field sobriety testing
- How the human body processes alcohol or drugs
- Breath, blood, and urine test analysis
- Have the ability to challenge government blood test results with the latest technology of 21st Century blood analysis software
DUI Blood Analysis
Oakland DUI defense attorney Donald Gray Drewry prevails in court. The reviews and case results show that. He cares deeply about his clients and knows what’s at stake.
By our reckoning, only one other attorney in Northern California, let alone in Oakland, has access to the latest 21st Century advanced blood analysis software that can pick apart the government lab results and contamination in their analysis. In almost all cases the government makes mistakes with the blood results. If there is a problem with the Government’s lab results, then your attorney needs to be able to disclose this bad evidence with use of the newest technology. Donald Drewry can.
“I got arrested for a third DUI sometime last March. I saw no hope and thought I would for sure be sent to jail for at least a year. This was my third offense WITH a refusal, my blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit, and I also hit two vehicles and then allegedly fled the scene. I knew I needed a lawyer ASAP. That’s when a friend of mine referred me to Mr.Drewry. I met with him and hired him that same day…. and thank god for that. He truly is an amazing lawyer. Although there was no escaping some sort of punishment, he was able to fight on my behalf and get me only 5 weekends in county along with an ankle monitor for 4 months. I couldn’t have asked for a better deal. Mr.Drewry was very knowledgeable on what programs appealed to the court and he guided me every step of the way. I did everything he asked of me and got amazing results. I would definitely recommend hiring him as an attorney if you are in need of one!”
December 29, 2016, the San Jose Appellate Court issued a decision in the case of People v. Mason. This is Mr. Drewry’s case that suppressed the blood results because the officer did not fully inform the defendant of the penalties and her right to REFUSE to take the blood test. Other lawyers all over the State of California are now using Mr. Drewry’s case to try and get their client’s cases dismissed, and some have been successful because of Mr. Drewry’s work.
Donald Gray Drewry, DUI Lawyer & Expert DUI Defense Attorney Serving Oakland, California
The Law Office of Donald Gray Drewry has extensive experience and a superior track record defending DUI cases in Oakland.
- Expert Legal Representation for your Oakland DUI Case: We provide complete defense representation in Alameda County at Oakland, California and throughout the County. We understand what it takes to successfully defend your Oakland DUI charges.
- Expert Legal Representation for your DMV Hearing – When dealing with the DMV’s Administrative Per Se Hearing (DMV DUI Hearing) at the Oakland Driver Safety Office, we know how to successfully represent you to help you keep your driving privilege. Driver Safety hearings are complex and it’s recommended that you have an expert legal professional guiding and advising you. Keep driving while your hearing is going on, and if it is a blood case, that can be a long time. Additionally, there are more points in your favor if this is blood case you have access to the 21st Century technology that Mr. Drewry has to defend you. DMV hearings are tougher than the criminal case.
Our nearest office location is in San Leandro:
Law Office of Donald Drewry
14895 E 14th Street, Suite 485
San Leandro, CA 94578
Oakland DUI Quick Facts
Knowing where to report can be a little tricky. That’s why we’ve put together this handy how-to guide for figuring out what to do next. And remember that even the best web site is no substitute for hiring an experienced DUI defense attorney. Take advantage of our FREE CONSULTATION by calling our office: (510) 346-6666
#1 – Common Arresting Law Enforcement Agencies
California Highway Patrol
3601 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609
Oakland Police Department
455 7th Street
Oakland, CA 94607
Alameda County Sheriff
Glenn Dyer North County Jail
550 6th Street
#2 – Criminal Courts Where Oakland DUIs are Heard
Oakland DUI arrests are heard in the Alameda County Superior Court:
Alameda County Superior Court
Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse
661 Washington Street
Oakland, CA 94607
License Suspension Hearings are heard in the Oakland DMV Driver Safety Office:
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Please keep in mind that all cases are different and the law is constantly changing. The items and information on this site may not apply to your case. Consult with a licensed and reputable attorney who knows all the facts and evidence concerning your case and follow the attorney’s recommendations.