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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

Santa Barbara’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”

“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” is the slogan for Santa Barbara’s AVOID the 12 DUI enforcement campaign. This year officers and deputies will be aggressively looking for impaired drivers and will arrest anyone caught driving under the influence. There will be eight DUI/driver’s license checkpoints, 18 DUI saturation patrols, a multiagency DUI task force strike team patrol, a DUI warrant/probations sweep and a court sting. Additionally, the California Highway …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

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