Criminal Defense Law Firm

Federal DUI

A charge of DUI, or driving under the influence, can be devastating and can carry significant consequences that will affect you for years to come. Even in a best-case scenario, you may be looking at serious fines, and even the suspension of your license. In a worst-case scenario, you could be facing significant jail time, permanent revocation of your license, and more.

In all situations, DUI is a very serious charge and you cannot afford to go it alone. You need expert representation. Mr. Adam Gasner has years of experience representing clients in federal DUI cases and will fight for your rights and the best possible outcome in your case. Call Gasner Criminal Law today at 415-782-6000.

What Is Federal DUI?

DUI is an acronym for driving under the influence (of alcohol). It means that your blood alcohol was 0.08% or higher, and that you were behind the wheel of an automobile. An officer may decide to administer a breath test or request that you have a DUI blood draw after pulling your vehicle over for a traffic infraction, such as failure to maintain lane, running a stop sign, or another infraction, or if the presence of alcohol is suspected at a DUI checkpoint. Gasner Criminal Law focuses mainly on federal DUI cases when the arrest takes place on Federal Land or property that falls under the jurisdiction of the United States government. This includes military bases, national forests, national parks, parking lots of federal buildings, and reservations. These cases are non-jury and overseen by a federal magistrate.

How Is Federal DUI Prosecuted in California?

In most cases, you will face at least two charges when you go to a Federal court for DUI in California. The first charge will be driving under the influence of alcohol. The second charge will be having a blood alcohol content (BAC) higher than 0.08%. In addition, the prosecution may add any of a number of so-called “enhancements” to the charges depending on the situation. This can include:

  • Prior convictions
  • Refusal to submit to chemical testing
  • High blood alcohol concentration for those with a BAC of .15% or higher
  • Speeding
  • Reckless driving
  • Child endangerment if a minor passenger is present
  • Accident or injury in the case of property damage or personal injury to another

In all instances, a guilty verdict means stiff penalties. If the DUI arrest happened on a national park, then the fine can be up to $5,000 and 6 months in jail. Other federal DUI's follow California sentencing guidelines. Even a first offense can require two weeks in jail and a fine of $2,000, not to mention probation and DUI school. Subsequent DUIs can lead to months of even years in jail, lengthy probation sentences, significant community service and the complete loss of driving privileges.

How Can I Defend Against Federal DUI Charges?

There are many defenses possible depending on the circumstances. Mr. Adam Gasner has used a wide range of tactics to reduce charges from DUI to reckless driving with supporting evidence, and has even had DUI cases dismissed. He uses a combination of strategies, including expert testimony from medical professionals and accident reconstruction experts to win acquittals. Even those facing a second or third DUI can benefit from a strong DUI defense.

Schedule Your Free Consultation Now

If you are facing federal DUI charges, the time to act is now. Call Gasner Criminal Law today at 415-782-6000 to schedule a free one-hour consultation, or use our online contact form if you prefer.