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Santa Barbara DUI Lawyers hear from clients arrested for a Santa Barbara DUI, “but I passed the field sobriety tests.” Did they?

Santa Barbara DUI Lawyers hear time and again from clients arrested for their Santa Barbara DUI, “but I passed the field sobriety tests.” The question and answer lies in not whether the clients actually passed, but are these tests really pass/fail? In an interesting article a reporter stands in the shoes of these clients on the pass/fail dilemma. In Lancaster, Pa. the news reporter undertook the task of drinking and …Read More

Can I refuse to take Field Sobriety Tests for Drunk Driving?

Field sobriety tests are NOT MANDATORY in California. Santa Barbara DUI lawyers are often asked this very question. In fact there is no state law that requires a suspected Santa Barbara drunk driver to submit to any field sobriety tests when stopped on suspicion of DUI.  Santa Barbara Officers who stop you won’t tell you this, and in turn will use the results of the tests to justify your arrest …Read More

Kenneth M. Hallum, Attorney at Law, a Santa Barbara DUI Lawyer explains "arraignment."

An arraignment is generally your first court appearance. For the Santa Barbara drunk driver, or in other words someone presumed innocent but accused in a DUI arrest report of DUI reckless driving or similar, it is the first step in the court process. The arraignment is a court hearing at which when you are accused of a public offense whether an infraction, a misdemeanor, or a felony, you are informed …Read More

More breathalyzers deemed faulty

A faulty breathalyzer used by San Jose police to arrest 865 DUI suspects could lead to drivers walking free — even if they were drunk behind the wheel, authorities revealed Tuesday. In a report by the Mercury News the Alco-Sensor V breathalyzer used by officers may have shown incorrect readings because of a manufacturer’s error that can cause condensation to build up in the tube. The devices were also used …Read More

DUI Defense Lawyer in Santa Barbara

What you need to know about DUI Breath and Blood Tests There are so many complexities to a DUI charge, from the various tests that a police officer will try to administer, to the possible arrest itself.  That is why Defense Attorney Ken Hallum personally handles every aspect and detail of every case he deals with.  He is knowledgeable of all the California DUI laws and what you should or …Read More

Aggressive Felony DUI Defense Lawyer in Santa Barbara

Felony DUI Explained A felony DUI is a very severe charge and can be extremely devastating to one’s life and family.  Because of the seriousness of the charge it is imperative that you seek out a knowledgeable and competent Santa Barbara DUI defense attorney immediately. There are distinct differences between a misdemeanor and a felony DUI indictment. A felony DUI comprises much more serious circumstances than simply exceeding state blood …Read More