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.
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:
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.
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:
"I specialize in BLOOD DRAW DUI CASES. I am one(1) of only two (2) lawyers in all of Northern California that use 21st Integration technology in defending against the Government’s blood analysis. Most lawyers still retest the blood, and that actually helps the Prosecutor convict you. What is needed is the Special INTEGRATION SOFTWARE that allows you to see ALL THE CONTAMINATION THE GOVERNMENT IS HIDING. There are two (2) main types or Blood testing machines call Gas Chromatographs. One is PERKIN ELMER, and the other is AGILENT. I have both INTEGRATIONS. Whenever you speak to a lawyer about your Blood DUI Case, make sure to aks them if they have the special INTEGRATION SOFTWARE. If they do not, you are helping the PROSECUTION CONVICT YOU."
— Donald Gray Drewry
Dublin DUI defense attorney Donald Gray Drewry prevails in court for two reasons: 1) He cares deeply about his clients and knows what’s at stake; and 2) he owns a very expensive blood analysis software application with superior accuracy and analysis that reveals contamination in the blood sample. By our reckoning, only one other attorney in Northern California owns a copy. It is not widely available and requires thorough training.
Usually, government lab results reveal contamination in the samples that come to light only with our software. Contaminated blood will generate inaccurate results. It happens a lot. If there is a problem with the Government’s lab results, then your attorney needs to be able to disclose this bad evidence. Without the software, it’s difficult to prove in court. Donald Drewry, however, has over and over again.
"I had fallen asleep in my car after quick stop at a friends bar. When CHP showed up, I blew a .14 BAC and the blood test showed .17!
After a lengthy back and forth with the court regarding lab protocols and mistakes by the DA, Mr. Drewry was able to get the charges reduced from a full DUI to a wet/reckless.
In the end, I payed half of what the expected fines would have been and saved me from jail time too!!
Mr. Drewry went out of his way to make sure I stayed on course with school and paying the fines.
If you’ve been arrested for a DUI, you need Mr. Drewry!"
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. This landmark achievement sets a stunning precedent for other attorneys.
The Law Office of Donald Gray Drewry has extensive experience and a superior track record defending DUI cases in Dublin.
Our nearest office location is in San Leandro:
Law Office of Donald Drewry
14895 E 14th Street, Suite 485
San Leandro, CA 94578
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
Arrested for a DUI in Alameda County? Then from the date of your arrest you have Ten (10) days to request a hearing with the DMV or you will lose your driving privilege. All requests for hearings for any case in Alameda County by any police agency will go to the Oakland DMV Hearing Office. However, you may be assigned to a hearing at the El Cerrito office, or the Pittsburg office for the actual hearing depending on the location of your arrest. To avoid making a mistake or saying something that can be used against you in your hearing, you should have your attorney make the request. My office will do this for you at NO-CHARGE when you call us for a FREE CONSULTATION, and we do this whether you hire us or not. Remember, you only have Ten (10) days, and that means Ten (10) calendar days not business days, so call us now at:
Instructions: Click on any icon in the map below to reveal location information about important law enforcement and criminal courts where DUI cases are heard. There is also a list below of the map of the same locations.
California Highway Patrol – Dublin
4999 Gleason Drive
Dublin, CA 94568
Open M-F 8am-5pm
Dublin Police Department
100 Civic Plaza
Dublin, CA 94568
Patrol Dispatch / Traffic Concerns / (Non-Emergency) Phone: 925-462-1212
Crime Tips / Graffiti Hotline / Phone: 925-833-6638
Emergency Cell Phone: 925-462-1212
Livermore Police Department
1110 S. Livermore Ave
Livermore, CA 94550
Alameda County Sheriff’s Office – Dublin
6289 Madigan Dr.
Dublin, CA 94568
Dublin DUI arrests are heard in the East County Hall of Justice:
East County Hall of Justice
5151 Gleason Drive
Dublin, California 94568
Free parking is available in the lot next to the courthouse.
The nearest BART station is Dublin/Pleasanton. The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority runs buses from BART to the courthouse.
License Suspension Hearings are heard in the Oakland DMV Driver Safety Office:
Please contact us if you or someone you know recently was arrested for a DUI. DUI cases are EXTREMELY time sensitive. We’ll be happy to answer your questions at no cost or obligation. Our team typically contacts you back immediately when available, if not always the same day on business days. For immediate assistance use our contact phone numbers below.
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.