Driving Under the Influence

Suspended Driver's License

"The Attorney Who'll Be In Court For You With You"



So long as probable cause exists to believe that the defendant was driving while intoxicated, a formal arrest is not a prerequisite to a warrant-less seizure of a blood sample.

DUI Defense Lawyer

From my experience as DUI attorney, not all those who are in need of DUI lawyer are alcoholics. I represent and defend those accused of Alcohol, Drug, Prescription Drug and Marijuana DUI.

DUI arrests can be a traumatic experience for anyone. With my good track record in court, extensive DUI experience and Excellent communication skills, I will defend you for your first DUI arrest or repeat DUI arrests to continue to drive and keep or reacquire your driver's license.

Don't panic, not all DUI arrestees end up in jail, Still, Separate from the Criminal Court appearance for the arrest, you must REQUEST A DMV HEARING WITHIN 10 DAYS from the date of your arrest or you forfeit your right to a DMV hearing. However DUI can be filed as Felony. Keep in mind Police officer can stop you for any reason, once stopped they look for signs of drug and alcohol influence.

      • Marijuana DUI: Police can stop you for and smell of Marijuana from your car and Marijuana breathalyzer technology is here it will be used soon to test drivers with more precision and arrest/charge them accordingly .

      • The old California rule of requiring a valid arrest, even of an unconscious suspect, prior to the extraction of a blood sample was abrogated by passage of Proposition 8, in 1982. Now, so long as probable cause exists to believe that the defendant was driving while intoxicated, a formal arrest is not a prerequisite to a warrant-less seizure of a blood sample.

      • If one has been convicted of DUI in CA and in the future has a DUI related accident in which someone is killed, he/she will be charged with murder. The California Supreme Court has affirmed the concept of DUI implied-malice murder in the case of People v. Watson which recognized that a legally intoxicated driver is less able to exercise the judgement and physical control that safe driving requires because someone who knew drinking entailed such impairment but nevertheless drank and drove displayed a conscious disregard for human life. Anyone convicted of a current DUI offense is advised that if he/she continues to drive while under the influence and someone is killed, he/she "can be charged with murder."

New DUI Law 2019 Senate Bill No. 1046

Driving Under the Influence – Ignition Interlock Device (SB 1046, Hill):

  • From January 1, 2019 to January 1, 2026, this law mandates repeat offenders for driving under the influence (DUI) and first DUI offenders whose violations resulted in injury, to install an ignition interlock device (IID) for a period ranging from 12 to 48 months.

  • This law also allows those who receive a suspension under the Administrative Per Se law to obtain an IID-restricted driving privilege, and receive credit toward their required IID restriction period if they are later convicted of a DUI.

  • These provisions apply to DUI violations that involve alcohol or the combined use of alcohol and drugs.

  • They do not apply to drug-only violations.

  • Courts have the discretion to order a non-injury first DUI offender to install an IID for a period of up to 6 months. If the court does not order IID installation, a non-injury first offender may apply for a driver license for IID restrictions or restrictions that allow them to drive to, from, and during their employment and to and from a DUI treatment program for 12 months.

Previously, an IID pilot program was only in effect in Alameda, Los Angeles, Sacramento and Tulare counties.

  • Did you know when you apply for driver's license in CA or renew your license you are automatically agreeing to submit to chemical test of your blood, breath or urine for determination of the alcohol or drug level in your system, per vehicle code§23137 or §23157 the officer is following the law if, based on his suspicion, asks you to submit to test, if you refuse, he will state in his report you “refused to take a chemical test".

If your arrest and loss of driver's license due to Marijuana use the New (Prop. 64) Relief, from Marijuana Convictions and Records may apply, See my Drug Crimes page.

DMV Hearing- You have only 10 days

Among the most common reasons a person might be facing a DMV hearing in California is.....

-Fatal accidents -Car accidents -Reckless driving -Speeding -Multiple Serious traffic violations -Numerous traffic tickets -DUI/ Drunk driving allegations - Moving violations -Medical problems-Elderly driver re-examination

When facing this you must REQUEST A HEARING WITHIN 10 DAYS from the date of your arrest or you forfeit your right to a DMV hearing.

I represent clients in a DMV hearings. DMV hearing is not a court hearing.

DMV hearing is an administrative proceeding regarding the suspension or revocation of your driving privilege only.

Court hearing is to determine whether you are guilty of criminal act or not.

Both our State and Federal Constitutions provide that no person shall be deprived of property without DUE PROCESS OF LAW which entitles you to a NOTICE OF THE ACTION DMV intends to take against your driving privilege and an opportunity to be heard (hearing).

Being accused of driving under the influence, can result in loss of your driver's license, increases insurance premiums, and result in jail time and stiff fines.

You might not be able to drive to work. California has strict drunk driving laws, especially for multiple offenses within a ten year period. If there was an injury, the penalties can be severe and it could be filed as a felony.

Successfully-repeatedly won the DMV and Criminal courts' DUI cases.

. October 2021- I helped a fine young client who was charged with Driving Under the Influence by convincing the Judge to use a new law that allows first time DUI offenders to be placed on diversion and avoid having the harmful adverse consequences that follow a convicting.

to be placed on diversion and avoid having the harmful adverse consequences that follow a convicting

.August 17, 2021 Diversion granted on DUI case over objection of District Attorney. Client is happy.

Causes of Juvenile DUI DWI Arrest-

some may be filed as Misdemeanors others as Felony depending on the circumstances and the arresting officer and presence of witnesses.

.Driving While Under the Influence Arrests

.Driving While Under the Influence of Alcohol and/or Drugs,when....

.The person was involved in a traffic accident.

.The person is observed in or about a vehicle that is obstructing a roadway.

.The person will not be apprehended unless immediately arrested.

.The person may cause injury to himself or herself or damage property unless immediately arrested.

.The person may destroy or conceal evidence of the crime unless immediately arrested; such as the metabolic destruction of alcohol in a DUI suspect's body (the "burn off" rate) qualifies as the "destruction of evidence".)

To be arrested for DUI in 2017 and after is very probable due to the required law Blood-Alcohol Levels for an arrest in CA. 2 drinks is enough to secure a DUI arrest.

I am very compassionate when it comes to our Servicemen Women and veterans facing legal challenges, because a large number of our troops have served in multiple deployments, suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) try to self-medicate with alcohol or drugs, act out their trauma and despair in anti-social ways, or become suicidal.

More than once, Paparian has kept repeated DUI offenders out of jail and helped them keep their driving privileges.