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Kareem A. Ramadan: Your Trusted DUI Attorney in California with the Depth of Legal Talent You Need

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A skilled DUI Attorney providing top-notch legal defense in Riverside, California. Trust us for your DUI defense needs.
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We investigate each of the several dozen issues that may arise in a DUI case, including why the police stopped your car, whether the officer followed state guidelines, and how you performed on the field sobriety tests (FSTs). We carefully strategize with our clients to aggressively defend DUI charges in court and at DMV hearings. Our years of courtroom experience have helped us find the best DUI defenses and protect our clients.

What are the Penalties for a DUI?

Seeing the inside of a jail cell and facing heavy fines is just the beginning. Along with these penalties, DUI offenders often face license suspension, long probation, forced use of an ignition interlock device, and expensive DUI schooling. Furthermore, your insurance costs will go through the roof for years, and you will experience additional hassles with the Department of Motor Vehicles.

The penalty for a DUI in California would depend on several factors. Your history with DUI and your cases’ facts can affect the penalties as aggravating or mitigating circumstances. If you are a first-time offender, the penalties include potential fines between $390 and $1,000, 48 hours to six months in jail, suspension of your driver’s license, and probation. The penalties may increase depending on the circumstances of your case and your DUI offense history. DUI penalties may go as high as fines up to $1,000 and four years imprisonment. You can avoid these penalties with a drunk driving lawyer.

It would be best if you had an experienced California DUI Attorney on your side to avoid these penalties. Often, in their urge to protect the community, the police will commit errors while testing you for DUI. Our team can find these errors and attempt to get your charges overturned so you won’t have to face these heavy penalties.

DUI Defense Lawyer Near Me

If you or a member of your family has been accused of a crime or if you learn that you are under investigation, it is in your best interest to contact Kareem A. Ramadan, a criminal defense attorney at Kareem Law APC, immediately. We can begin building your case as soon as you are informed of an accusation against you, taking the time to listen to your needs and uncover the circumstances surrounding your case.

If you are currently involved in a legal matter, our attorneys can represent you in court. Since 2013, we’ve assisted countless clients with complex litigation. We can help defend you if you did not intend to commit a crime, were the victim of an unjust accusation, or were involved in an illegal law enforcement sting operation.

What Are the Consequences of DUI Under 21?

The consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can be devastating. These consequences include:

Ironically enough, for people between the ages of 18 and 21, it may be easier to defend against an underage DUI charge than for those who are already adults, and it may result in extremely light criminal punishment.

Why would Underage DUI Charges be Easier to Defend Against than Adult DUIs?

It is easier to defend against an underage DUI charge than for those who are already adults because the prosecutor must prove three elements of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt. Adults who are charged with DUI are generally charged with violating both Vehicle Code section 23152(a) and 23152(b). Each of those crimes only has two elements.

What are the Punishments and Penalties?

Despite what logic and reason would seem to dictate, a DUI under the age of 21 is an infraction. It cannot be and is not punished by jail. It does not result in probation or any other sanction.

California Vehicle Code section 42001.25 states that a person convicted of violating vehicle code section 231340 (DUI age 18-2) shall be punished (a) By a fine of one hundred dollars $100, increasing by $100 dollars for each infraction conviction of the same crime.

For those charged under Vehicle Codes section 23136 (DUI under 18), those are juvenile court proceedings prosecuted under Welfare and Institutions Code sections 602 and 603.

Penalties For Multiple DUI Convictions

First DUI Conviction (Misdemeanor)

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Accept Probation VC23538

Second DUI Conviction (Misdemeanor)

Reject Probation VC 23540

Accept Probation 23542

Third DUI Conviction (Misdemeanor)

Reject Probation VC 23546

Accept Probation VC 23548

Fourth or Higher DUI Conviction (Felony)

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DUI Attorney at Kareem Law APC will stop the DMV from suspending your license automatically and start the legal process of defending it with an Administrative Per Se Hearing.

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Questions To Ask When Choosing Your DUI Defense Attorney

Before your license is suspended, California law requires a special hearing to determine whether sufficient evidence exists to suspend a person’s driving privileges. Contacting the DMV to schedule the APS Hearing is the FIRST STEP to saving your license after being charged with DUI. At the Kareem Law APC, we employ our years of training and experience to challenge the issues discussed at the hearing in an effort to prevent the suspension of your license.
Regrettably, the answer is yes. Even if the facts of the case favor you, the District Attorney will have a greater chance of obtaining a DUI conviction if you do not have an experienced DUI defense attorney on your side. Nonetheless, the state must establish its case against you beyond a reasonable doubt. An experienced DUI defense attorney can assist you in fighting your DUI charges and ensuring you are not convicted of a crime that the state cannot prove.

Depending on the circumstances, a DUI can be classified as either a misdemeanor or a felony. For instance, a DUI charge can be elevated to a felony if you do not have a valid driver’s license, if someone was injured in the accident, or if you fled the scene of the accident. Regardless of whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or felony DUI, you will face license suspensions or revocations, fines of up to $2500 for misdemeanor offenses and $25,000 for felony offenses, alcohol/drug counseling, victim impact panels, required DUI-related insurance (SR-22), the installation of a breath device (BAIID) in your vehicle before you can drive it, the possibility of criminal convictions or jail/prison sentences, and the loss of your

During a traffic stop, an officer is specially trained to recognize signs of impairment and indicators of intoxication. Knowing what the officer is looking for when he stops you is the first step in avoiding a DUI arrest. If you are stopped for a traffic violation, such as failing to signal a turn, speeding, or unsafely changing lanes, the officer’s training will take effect. He will approach the vehicle and begin to sniff for traces of drugs or alcohol. His eyes will search the interior of the car for empty cans, plastic cups, and bottles. Even wearing a wristband from a bar or festival alerts an officer to the possibility that you are drinking and may be under the influence (take those off as soon as you leave the venue). Enough evidence exists for the officer to continue investigating a possible DUI.

Make Sure You Hire a Reliable Criminal Defense Attorney

When you are facing criminal charges, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney you can trust. Kareem has been practicing criminal law for more than a decade and is one of the most trusted and highly rated attorneys. Whether you need help with a domestic violence case, felony and misdemeanor cases, theft crimes, or any other criminal charges, call Kareem Law APC for excellent legal representation. Kareem is a compassionate criminal lawyer who will protect your rights, guide you through every step of the process, provide you with the legal counsel you deserve, and fight hard to obtain optimal results. Call today at (888)-506-6519 or use our online contact form to schedule contact with a seasoned criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles.

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W MiW Mi
04:20 15 Sep 22
I was faced with a case that never in my life I’d imagine to be dealing with that could’ve had detrimental effects on my life and career ending. Kareem was the best defense I had to get my life back together. From start to finish Kareem was very attentive, informative and determined to help get this fixed and he did! The case was never filed! Thank you!
Josh kappJosh kapp
17:09 10 Aug 22
I was arrested and was facing 2 felonies in October and spent some time sitting in county jail. After calling tens of lawyers to help I immediately knew Kareem would provide the help I was looking for. He walked me through the entire court process and was very reassuring that I had nothing to worry about. It is a great feeling when you have a confident lawyer behind you. Kareem managed to get my case dismissed and I have no charges on my record now. I don’t think I would have this result if it weren’t for his help. I would recommend him to anyone. He knows what he’s doing and he is the man for the job.
Ali LodinAli Lodin
23:09 23 Jun 22
Before hiring Kareem Law I made the mistake of listening to some ads for personal injury attorneys on the radio. I did not know what to expect since this was my first time needing to hire an attorney. The first office never returned my calls and never connected me with an attorney. I thought attorneys wanted to help their clients not treat them like dirt. I found Kareem's office after a family member told me of an attorney who did excellent work on his personal injury case.From the first call with Kareem he created a strong relationship with me where I felt appreciated and heard. Mr. Ramadan was always available when I needed answers and did a fabulous job settling my case.
Anna DrachukAnna Drachuk
19:36 13 Apr 22
I was very fortunate to have had Kareem as my attorney. From our very first conversation, I could tell he was very knowledgeable and experienced. His empathy and care for my situation, were encouraging and made me feel safe. Kareem was very personable, reachable, and communicated clearly. Kareem put a lot of effort to get the case dismissed and achieve a complete resolution without the additional stress of a trial. I am beyond grateful to him!
Lynette LansanganLynette Lansangan
17:20 25 Mar 22
Never in my life, did I think I would need a criminal defense attorney. A close family member committed a federal crime and suddenly I was searching for a criminal defense attorney. I submitted an inquiry to all lawyers in the Upland area and I am so thankful that Attorney Kareem was quick to reply on a Sunday afternoon!The next day, he was already doing a jail visit with my family member. The following day, we were meeting and discussing the case in his office. Right from the beginning,Kareem expressed his care and compassion for us and my incarcerated family member. He also made us feel very comfortable telling us a personal story of his that made him appreciate nurses, which my mom and I are! This life journey of his, made us feel that he knows the value of life and our family member would be in excellent hands.Kareem was always available to answer all our questions. If you call him or text him, he will always respond right away or within a few hours. This was an extremely difficult time in our lives and Kareem was always there to ease our minds. When trying to find an attorney who is going to save your life or a close family members, you have to fully trust your lawyer and Kareem is that man. He strongly advocated for my family member and got him released from jail with a mental health diversion. This was the goal from the beginning and we could not be more thankful to Attorney Kareem for the outcome.
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  •   Where do I even start with Kareem... I got into some trouble recently and needed some help as I do not know anything about laws and what my next steps... read more

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    2/15/2023
  •   I contacted Mr. Ramadan about my son who has an Intellectual disability, he had been arrested in LA county for auto theft placed against him by his employer. My son... read more

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  •   I unfortunately got myself into a little trouble. Knowing nothing about law, and having never had to experience the criminal judicial system, I was overwhelmed and scared to say the... read more

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    10/20/2023
  •   Quick response even on the weekend. Atty Kareem seems like a great attorney however he was too busy for our small case. Thank you for your time.

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    8/20/2023
  •   I was faced with a case that never in my life I'd imagine to be dealing with that could've had detrimental effects on my life and career ending. Kareem was... read more

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    9/14/2022
  •   Mr. Kareem has been very cooperative and attentive. He's reliable and accommodating. I was in need of a lawyer and called many, however, most sent me to automated systems or... read more

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    2/06/2023
  •   I had reached out to Kareem Law APC after finding out I was being wrongfully accused of an incident, and he immediately called me back late at night. I have... read more

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KAREEM LAW APC – CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER

Attorney Kareem uses his training and experience as a former prosecutor to defend clients throughout Los Angeles and San Bernardino. If you are arrested or charged with a criminal offense, you need someone with experience to defend and protect your rights. Call Kareem.
Kareem A. Ramdan and Malalai Farooqi, experienced criminal defense attorneys in Riverside, collaborating on a case.