What We Do
Misdemeanor DUI Defense Lawyers
If you or a family member has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence, we are here to help guide you through the process and put you at ease by helping you learn about the process, the options you have, and working together to develop the best strategy to move forward. At the Phillips Law Offices, we strive to make a prospective client feel both comfortable and confident, and we do our best to alleviate any stress you may have about the uncertainty the criminal justice system. We understand that many of our clients have never been arrested before and are understandably very anxious. We focus on DUI defense to provide our clients with cutting edge legal representation. We also use a client-centered approach, emphasizing teamwork and client communication to achieve the best result possible.
With over 25 years representing DUI clients, Mr. Phillips has guided hundreds of clients through this process. We have significant experience handling first time DUI's, multiple DUI offenses, high blood alcohol, serious injury cases, as well as commercial truck driving and boating under the influence cases. Our firm strongly believes that old-fashioned hard work, teamwork and preparation is the best way to help our clients receive the best legal defense. Our commitment is to provide high-quality DUI defense with integrity and professionalism. We invite you to call us with a questions you may have at 530-265-0186.
Felony DUI Defense Lawyers
A substantial portion of our practice is focused on defending and guiding individuals charged with multiple and repeat DUI’s to DUI manslaughter. Although these types of matters demand the most proficient and aggressive defense, we never lose sight to be supportive and compassionate during this difficult time. Sometimes a subsequent DUI or drug-related arrest is the unfortunate symptom of an underlying addiction issue and may be best addressed by substance abuse counseling. Our goal is to mitigate the case whenever possible, to seek treatment when appropriate, and to maintain fairness in the process.
In California, there are three main situations in which the prosecutor might choose to charge someone with a Felony DUI: (1) There was serious injury to a person other than the person being charged. (2) The person being charged, is on their 4th DUI (or more) within a period of 10 years. (3) The person being charged has at least one prior felony DUI charge on their record. If you have been charged or think there is any possibility that you might be charged with a felony DUI in Nevada or Placer County, you should stop searching around on the Internet for information and contact an experienced DUI attorney immediately.
At the Phillips Law Offices we try not to unduly scare people, but if you are convicted in California for felony driving under the influence, you face the possibility of significant jail or even prison time and lengthy license suspension without a very aggressive and complete defense. For many careers, a felony DUI on your record will create lifelong consequences. Rest assured, we have successfully handled countless felony drunk driving matters including DUI murder and manslaughter and know how to obtain the very best results for our clients. Feel free to call us with any questions you may have at 530-265-0186.
DUI, DMV and Driver's License Issues
Although there are perhaps lots of lawyers who will accept a DUI case, many have little knowledge about license suspension issues. For many individuals, avoiding loss of a driver's license is the most important goal. We work closely with our clients to get them through the confusing and sometimes overwhelming DMV process. For individuals who live out of state and are charged with a DUI in California, the license suspension process can be especially complicated. We have successfully helped many of out of state residents maintain their license.
When a California driver is arrested for DUI, his or her driver's license is immediately confiscated and they are given a temporary license valid for 30 days. This confiscation starts a civil process which is separate from the criminal charges. It is critical that, in California, the driver contacts the DMV within 10 days of the arrest to request a hearing. Failure to do so will result in an automatic suspension of the driver's license. Although the DMV process is somewhat similar to the criminal process, it is an extremely complex area of the law with its own rules and regulations. It is even more complicated for individuals with out-of-state drivers licenses or who have a commercial truck driving license.
For over 25 years, the Phillips Law Offices have successfully helped clients navigate the confusing and changing DMV license suspension actions. We represent clients every step of the way, from scheduling hearings and representation at the DMV hearing, to DMV appeals and writs. We also advise clients of the best steps to take obtain a restricted license and become re-licensed. While some attorneys my wait before charges are filed to begin working on a case, successful defense of DMV suspensions requires immediate investigation. For many of our clients, the potential impact of the loss of a driver's license is the most significant consequence of the arrest. As a result, we aggressively defend DMV suspensions. We invite you to call us to discuss any questions you may have about the effect a DUI arrest has on your driver's license. We also invite you to call us to discuss any questions you may have about license suspensions at 530-265-0186
Often, a DUI involving serious injury or even death is the first time the person has been arrested, and we recognize that you never intended to hurt anyone. Rather, sometimes a single momentary lapse of good judgment results in a life changing event. For that reason, we are committed to striving to provide the highest level of defense while offering thoughtful and non-judgmental understanding.
Mr. Phillips has over 25 years defending the most serious types of DUI matters and is available for private and confidential consultation.