Preliminary DUI Hearings in San Diego
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A preliminary hearing is something that happens with
felony DUI cases only. In a
misdemeanor DUI case, the maximum
DUI penalties are a year in county jail, or a combination of jail and fines. However, in a
first time DUI misdemeanor case, a year of jail time if highly unlikely. Because of the
reduced severity of the penalties of a misdemeanor DUI, a preliminary
hearing is not done. For felony DUI cases, the penalties can be much more
severe, resulting in a year or more in state prison,
driver's license suspension of several years, huge monetary fines, and more.
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What happens at the preliminary hearing?
A preliminary hearing is held before a judge only, without a jury, and
is for a judge to decide if there appears to be enough evidence for the
defendant to stand trial. If the judge decides there is enough evidence,
a trial will be scheduled with a 12-person jury. A preliminary hearing
can be a great way for your aggressive DUI attorney to cross-examine any
witnesses to your alleged indiscretion, and look for other holes in the
prosecution's case against you.
A preliminary hearing can give your lawyer a better understanding of your
case, and help him make important decisions with you, such as whether
or not it is in your best interest to
plea bargain, or to go to trial, etc. A preliminary hearing can be very helpful to
your defense, as your attorney will be able to cross-examine the witnesses
that are set to testify against you and can look for weaknesses in their stories.
Depending on the outcome of the preliminary hearing, you may be able to
have your DUI case
dismissed by the judge. Since the outcomes of a felony DUI can have an outcome on
the rest of your life, you need a strong advocate by your side.
Let Attorney Mark R. De Yoe fight for you!
When facing the complex and difficult to understand DUI
legal process, it is important to have a lawyer you can count on standing beside you
and fighting for your innocence and freedom. Attorney Mark R. De You APLC
is a firm that is dedicated to helping its clients fight their DUI charges
successfully. He has over 30 years of experience handling DUI cases in
San Diego and has represented over 1,000 clients to date. He understands
the sensitivities that go along with DUI cases, and handles each case
with compassion and forceful legal skill.
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