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Are you having these issues?
Arrested for DUI, and worried about the impact on your visa or work.
I need to drive, but don’t know what will happen to my driver’s license.
I have a criminal record, and want to have it cleared.
I want a lawyer, but cannot decide who to hire.
– Reasons –
Entrusting Jeff Yeh with your DUI case
Familiarity wins the day.
Attorney Jeff Yeh is familiar with the wide variety of courts and DMV branches in California, having represented over 1500 DUI clients throughout the state. Each courthouse and DMV has its peculiarities, so it is important to be familiar with the different quirks of the various Prosecutors, Judges and Hearing Officers if you want good results.
Jeff Yeh will not pass your case down to an inexperienced associate. When you hire him, you are hiring HIM from start to finish.
You may never need to appear in court or the DMV when you hire the Law Office of Jeff Yeh.
Most DUIs are prosecuted as misdemeanors, so Jeff can appear on your behalf throughout the entire court process. At the DMV, Jeff can also arrange it so that if you have to testify, it is done so telephonically at the comfort of your own home.
Pay a reasonable price for the services you really need.
Many lawyers will quote you a low initial fee just to get you in the door, but do nothing but plead you guilty at the first opportunity. If you don’t, you will be billed for any additional service/appearance until you are pressured into a result that may not be in your best interest. At the Law Office of Jeff Yeh, there are no surprise fees or hidden costs. Everything is made clear to you in the beginning, so what you get is a fair and reasonable price to get the best possible result.
－ The DUI Specialist Jeff Yeh －
Attorney Jeff Yeh
2002 Vanderbilt University Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Economics
2005 Ohio State University – Moritz College of Law Juris Doctor (J.D.)
2015 Foreign Language Honor Society
Alpha Mu Gamma
The State Bar of California
U.S. District Court Central District of California
The things I love
Tennis, reading, and sushi.
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－ Cases －
Miss M. 20-year-old
here on a student VISA
Arrested at DUI Checkpoint. → Winning in Court and at the DMV.
The client was staying in the U.S. on a student VISA when she was arrested at a DUI Checkpoint, blowing a 0.16%. Attorney Jeff Yeh filed a 1538.5 motion in court to challenge the validity of the Checkpoint, resulting in all DUI charges being dismissed. On top of that, she also won her DMV Hearing by challenging the Checkpoint, so her license was returned to her with all driving privileges restored.
Mr. S. 50-year-old
DUI with speed enhancement. → Eliminating the 60-days jail requirement.
The client was pulled over after driving at over 100 mph and refused all chemical tests. The police obtained a warrant for his blood, which showed a BAC of 0.12%. Attorney Jeff Yeh requested a jury trial, resulting in the prosecutor offering to strike the speed enhancement, which carries a minimum of 60 days in jail, and reducing the DUI to a charge of Reckless Driving.
Mrs. N. 50-years-old
Post Office worker
When facing a second DUI while being on probation. → Winning at Jury Trial.
The client was on probation for DUI when she was arrested for another DUI. she took a blood test which showed a BAC of 0.17%. At the Jury Trial, attorney Jeff Yeh was able to hang the jury at 7-5, which resulted in the Judge dismissing all charges against the client.
Mr. O. 30-year-old
Facing a Refusal and a Prior. → Winning in Court and at the DMV.
The client, who already had a prior conviction for DUI, was sleeping in his car when approached by the police on a welfare check. He refused all chemical tests and was arrested for a second DUI. After winning his DMV Hearing (saving him from a 2-year license suspension), attorney Jeff Yeh was also able to have his DUI reduced to a Wet Reckless in court, thereby saving him from the consequences of a second DUI, including mandatory jail time.
－ About DUI －
Do you know what happens
after being arrested for DUI？
In California, the legal limit for blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is 0.08% (0.05% for under 21). It is also illegal to drive while under influence of drugs, such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, fentanyl, ecstasy…etc. Being “under the influence” is a very vague concept, both legally and practically. The reason is, what is used by the state to determine what constitutes being under the influence is often error-prone and always biased. For example, Field Sobriety Tests are designed for a person to fail every single time, because only what is done incorrectly is recorded, and never what was done right. Likewise, breath machines have a wide margin of error for determining the BAC at the time of driving. As for blood, intoxicants can be detected from a few minutes after consumption to a few weeks afterwards, with concentration levels difficult to determine and the connection to “impairment” tenuous at best.
The process after DUI arrest
If no action is taken, here are some of the consequences:
- After 30 days, your temporary license (pink slip) expires
(The only way to drive beyond the 30 days is to have requested a hearing within 10 days of arrest）
- Up to 3 years of driver’s license suspension / revocation.
- Thousands of dollars in fines.
- Up to 1 year in county jail (more if felony).
- Have to attend an alcohol program for up to 32 months and pay thousands in tuition.
- Have to install an ignition interlock device (IID) on your vehicle for up to 3 years.
- Have a criminal record and points on your driving record leading to doubling or canceling of your insurance policy.
What to do when you get pulled over by the police.
The blood test takes more time, and while waiting to have your blood drawn your BAC will fall. The breath test is less accurate and easier to challenge later. A refusal takes away a key piece of evidence against you, but may result in more serious consequences (ie. longer suspension, jail..etc) if you lose.
- Pull over and wait inside the car with your hands on the steering wheel.
- When asked, give the officer your driver’s license.
- When asked about drinking, drugs, or anything having to do with DUI, politely reply, “I have the right to remain silent, and I respectfully choose to exercise my right.”
- When requested to perform any Field Sobriety Tests, including the eye test (HGN), politely decline. Remember, you will be arrested anyway, so don’t make it worse for yourself.
- If you are over 21, and the police ask you to blow into a handheld breathalyzer test (PAS), politely decline this test. This test is voluntary, so never do it.
- Remember, even the most innocent questions asked by the police, such as “Where did you come from?” or “Where you are going?” are designed to elicit incriminating evidence (the police want to establish you were driving, how long you had been, and your continued intention to keep driving had you not been pulled over).
The impact on Visa and Green Card
As of November 2015, after being arrested for DUI, you may receive a notice (sometimes via e-mail) from the US Embassy where you Visa was issued that your Visa will be canceled. It is important to contact the Embassy to have the action “stayed” (much like requesting a DMV Hearing). Since many states do not have alcohol-related reckless driving (as a reduction from DUI), the Federal Government will often give Californians the benefit of the doubt and treat any type of Reckless Driving as simply “Reckless Driving.” In other words, if you can get your DUI reduced to a “Wet Reckless,” there are clear immigration advantages (not to mention that a Wet Reckless has only 1-year probation). If you are convicted of DUI and are thinking about applying for a Green Card, or going from Green Card status to citizenship, it is better to wait until your probation is over and have the charge(s) expunged first before applying. If you already have a Green Card, a DUI will usually not affect your status as a permanent resident.
－ How to hire us －
The process of retaining the Law Office of Jeff Yeh:
Briefly tell us about your case via telephone，text, LINE，Messenger，or E-mail. If you wish, a meeting will be arranged via Skype with a lawyer.
We accept all major credit cards, cash, PayPal, Venmo, and check.
Upon retaining us
We will mail, e-mail, text, or LINE the contract and any receipt(s) to you to sign.
We will mail, e-mail, text, or LINE a Questionnaire to you to fill out. This will tell us more about your case from YOUR perspective.
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－ FAQ －
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I lose my driver's license because of a DUI?
Yes! In California, when someone is arrested for DUI, they face two actions against their driver’s license concurrently: the Court and the DMV. The DMV Hearing must be requested within 10 days of your arrest, or your license suspension will begin 30 days after arrest, and will last at least 4 months. If convicted in court of a DUI, you will face another suspension, which begins the day you are convicted, and is separate from the suspension that may already be in place from the DMV (or coming later). The statutes affecting your ability to drive is extremely complicated, so it is important to have someone familiar with all the complexities on your side.
Will I go to jail for a DUI?
Although the statutory maximum jail time for a first offense DUI is 180 days, there is a good chance you won’t have to do any if there are no aggravating factors, such as a refusal, accident, or excessively high BAC. A second and subsequent DUIs carry mandatory jail time, but how much time you actually do will depend on the county where you were arrested. If you must do time, a lawyer can often help you negotiate it down to community service or labor. It is very important for your lawyer to be familiar with how each court / county works, because prosecutors will give different offers based on the same facts, and the over-crowding situation is different in each county, thus affecting the actual time you do even when sentenced to the same number of days.
Can't I just use a Public Defender for a DUI?
You can, but remember the old adage, “You get what you pay for.” Assuming you qualify for a Public Defender, remember that misdemeanor DUIs are usually assigned to the newest lawyers (ie. people who just graduated and are trying to gain experience). Do you really want to be the guinea pig through which these rookies learn from their failures? Not to mention, PDs are legally prohibited from helping you with DMV matters, which are not considered criminal. Which means, before your court case even begins, you may have already lost half the battle.
If I hire a lawyer, is it possible that I will never need to appear in court?
Yes. If you are facing a misdemeanor DUI and nothing else, a lawyer can appear on your behalf without you throughout the entire proceeding. At the DMV, if your testimony is required, you can testify telephonically. If there are any forms you need to sign for court, your lawyer can mail these to you and have you sign in front of a notary. All paperwork that you need can be mailed to you by your lawyer.
I received a letter or voice message from law enforcement asking me to contact them regarding an incident. What should I do?
You should absolutely NOT contact law enforcement yourself. Most of the time this kind of letter is sent when there is not enough evidence yet to charge you, and they are hoping you will help them out by incriminating yourself. Always contact a lawyer first, and if necessary, speak only through counsel.
I was arrested for DUI. Do I need SR-22?
SR-22 is just another term for “Proof of Insurance.” Your insurance company needs to file it for you for 3 years only upon conviction of a DUI.
－ Testimonial －
Jeff Yeh has been such a great help. I can’t say thank you enough for helping me drop the DUI charge. I would recommend Jeff to anyone who is looking for a DUI attorney. He is truly the DUI specialist. Ryan
JEFF YEH WORKED VERY HARD FOR MY CASE AND WE WON IT ( MY PREVIOUS LAWER SAID I CAN NOT WIN THIS CASE , SO I HAD A FRIENT TELL ME ABOUT HIM , SO I HIRED HIM AS MY NEW LAWER AND HE DID WIN MY CASE . FROM BOTTOM OF MY HEARD I DO APPRECIATED . THANKS AGAIN MR . JEFF J.P
Jeff Yeh is by far the best Man for the job. Right away he responded, letting me know what to do and he would take care of it. Great to work with & eased my mind about the whole process. I’m very happy how the ticket turned out. Sure I’m referring him to all my friends and family. Meg T.
Jeff Yeh is a great DUI attorney he is very personable honest aggressive and knows how to work all the angles and the system for your benefit I will recommend Jeff yeh to anybody who needs a good DUI attorney thank you Jeff for all of your help. Patrick
－ Law Office of Jeff Yeh －
The Law Office of Jeff Yeh has extensive experience in dealing with a multitude of cases involving arrests and charges related to drunk driving. We cater to DUI cases throughout the entire state of California, with a special focus on defending individuals who have been charged with DUI in areas including Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, San Diego, and Orange County. Leveraging our extensive knowledge and experience, we offer steadfast support. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us for a consultation.
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