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Seasoned Kern County Trial Attorney Defends Clients Facing Felony DUI Charges

Former deputy district attorney fights to protect your license, record, and freedom in California

Make no mistake: a DUI conviction can be a life-changer, especially when it’s a felony. But with the right lawyer by your side, you have the best chance of fighting the charges against you. At the Law Office of William H. Slocumb, we have nearly three decades of experience defending California motorists accused of drunk driving. At our firm, we understand the seriousness of your situation and will fight aggressively to defend your driving privileges and freedom.

Penalties for a felony DUI

Most DUIs are charged as misdemeanor offenses. However, in California, you may be charged with felony DUI if you cause injury or death to another person, have three or more DUI convictions within a 10-year period, or have at least one prior felony DUI conviction.

A felony DUI conviction carries steep penalties including a lengthy prison sentence, heavy fines, and loss of your driving privileges. And having a felony on your criminal record can affect your personal life as well as your ability to seek employment. Drawing on our decades of experience, we know the right tactics to employ to defend you against these serious charges.

Criminal defense strategies for a DUI

After police arrest and book you for drunk driving, it’s in your best interests to hire an experienced DUI defense attorney. With 20 years of trial experience, Bill Slocumb knows how to formulate effective strategies that can reduce or eliminate drunk driving charges in Kern County. Depending on the facts of your case, we may rely on one of the following defenses:

  • Showing lack of probable cause for the initial traffic stop
  • Proving that police failed to read you your Miranda rights
  • Challenging the accuracy of the breathalyzer or chemical test
  • Contesting the validity of the field sobriety test
  • Proving that you were not operating the vehicle
  • Relying on witness testimony that proves you were not drunk

If you are arrested for a felony DUI in California, your case is not open and shut. We can carefully investigate the circumstances of your arrest to determine if law enforcement violated your rights or made any mistakes. Then, we can consult with witnesses and forensic experts to help you build a solid DUI defense.

Possible sentence reductions for a felony DUI

In certain DUI cases, it may be wiser to seek a sentence reduction instead of going to trial. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you might be able to have your felony DUI charge reduced to a misdemeanor by accepting a plea bargain if it is your first DUI offense or if the prosecution’s case is weak or lacks evidence. Every DUI case in California is different. Your DUI history, level of intoxication, and whether you injured other parties greatly determine the charges against you and possibility of a sentence reduction. We scrutinize every detail of your case to determine the best defense strategy for protecting your rights as well as your future.

Contact a skilled DUI defense lawyer in Kern County

The Law Office of William H. Slocumb provides aggressive defense counsel to California drivers arrested for felony DUI. Call 661-493-9896 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation with attorney Bill Slocumb at our Bakersfield office.

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  • Bakersfield Office
    1929 Truxtun Avenue
    Suite C
    Bakersfield, California 93301
    Phone: 661-324-1400
    Fax: 661-631-9577