Bay Area Drunk Driving / DUI Lawyer

If you have been charged in the Bay Area or Mendocino County with drunk driving, or drugged driving, you will probably find many attorneys who claim to be DUI experts.  However, how many of them can claim to have experience with DUI cases from the prosecution side?  James W. Harwood has successfully handled thousands of drunken driving cases, from the very beginning of the case to jury trial.  He knows what a prosecutor needs to build a DUI case up, and uses that same knowledge to tear those cases apart.  

Many people have mistaken beliefs about DUI law in California.  Many do not think that they can get a DUI for driving after taking prescribed or over the counter medications.  This belief is false.  Many legally prescribed medicines can have serious effects on a person’s ability to safely drive a car.  In fact, a person can be charged with DUI if that person has taken any substance that affects his or her ability to drive.  Also, many people mistakenly believe that they cannot be charged with drunk driving if the results of a chemical test are below .08%.  California law allows the prosecution to charge a person with DUI if his or her abilities to drive a car are significantly impaired, even if the person’s blood alcohol content is less than .08%.  James Harwood has experience successfully handling all types of DUI cases, including low blood alcohol, high blood alcohol, and illicit and prescription drug DUIs.  

Driving under the influence (DUI) charges are very serious. They carry the possibility of severe punishments, including jail time, loss of license, and heavy fines. Drunk driving cases involving high blood alcohol levels, collisions, injuries, or prior convictions can involve more severe punishment, including prison sentences. Winning a DUI case requires an experienced defense attorney who knows the science involved and can creatively craft a defense. Mr. Harwood has extensive experience litigating felony and misdemeanor DUI cases, from arraignment to trial. Before pleading guilty without speaking to an attorney, know that a misdemeanor DUI can involve:
  • Up to five years probation
  • Thousands of dollars in fines
  • Loss of drivers license
  • Inconvenient and expensive education classes
  • Up to one year in jail!!!
Felony DUI cases can result in formal felony probation, and even a sentence in state prison! Hiring The Law Office of James W. Harwood can greatly improve the outcome of your case. Call now for a no charge, no commitment consultation

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