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PictureAggressive defense for your DUI case
Being charged with a DUI in California is a serious matter — with serious consequences. If you are convicted, you may lose your authorization to drive, have to pay outrageous insurance premiums, and even have to spend time in jail. When your liberty is on the line, it is essential to have a serious attorney to aggressively defend you in court. With more than 25 years of experience in handling DUI cases, Therese M. Hankel in Mammoth Lakes has forged her reputation as an innovator in the field in DUI defense, and she is known for going the extra mile to ensure that clients get the best possible results.

Mammoth Lakes attorney standing up for your rights

Therese M. Hankel does not allow the police or the prosecution to run roughshod over your rights. She works together with her clients to find out the whole story, and she keeps them informed throughout every step of the process. She knows that cases can end and that sentences can be reduced when there has been police misconduct, so she scrutinizes every piece of evidence the police submit in your case to ensure that they followed proper protocols and procedures. She understands California’s DUI laws and is diligent in building defenses that make sense legally, logically and scientifically. She fights the prosecution at every turn to ensure that you are treated with the respect you deserve, and that you get the results you desire.

How to protect yourself from the police

If you have been pulled over by the police, don’t let yourself become a victim. Follow these six tips and keep yourself out of jail:

  1. Do not be intimidated by the police. If you are nervous, police officers may think that you are hiding something or are intoxicated. Don’t give them that opportunity. Remaining calm and being polite are good ways to ensure that police officers leave you alone.
  2. Clean out your glove box. Fumbling through these compartments to find your registration or insurance can easily be misinterpreted as intoxication. Keeping the glove box or center console neat and clean enables you to swiftly grab your identification and present it to a police officer.
  3. Do not let the police search your car. Any evidence found in your car could be used to support a DUI conviction. Do not allow the officer to perform a search without a warrant.
  4. Take the sobriety test. Many DUI defendants have been found not guilty because of a malfunctioning breath-analyzing machine or an improperly administered blood or urine test. Also, you may still breathe under the legal limit.
  5. Get a blood test after release. Alcohol-detection devices can be unreliable and malfunction. Don’t go to jail because of a broken machine. It’s a good idea to measure your BAC (blood alcohol concentration) with a blood test after arrest. At trial, your attorney can use that evidence to raise possible defenses.
  6. Contact a DWI attorney immediately.

Don’t let the police take your future away from you. Contact Therese M. Hankel today

If you have been arrested for DUI, it is essential to have an aggressive attorney who has the knowledge and experience to help you win.

To schedule a free initial consultation, call Therese M. Hankel at 760-934-3133 today or contact the firm online today.