DON’T LET A DUI RUIN YOUR LIFE. CALL US WITHIN 10 DAYS OF YOUR ARREST TO SAVE YOUR LICENSE
－ reason －
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 intiial 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 Juris Doctor (J.D.)
2015 Foreign Language Honorary 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 －
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.
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.
→ Winning in Court and at the DMV when facing a Refusal and a Prior.
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 consequecnes of a second DUI, including mandatory jail time.
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.
－ About －
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 cencentration 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 cancelling 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 respecfully 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 brethalyzer 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 cancelled. 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 order 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 －
Freaquent 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 aarest, 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 got 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 timem you actually do will depend on the county where you were arrested. If you must do time, a lawyer can often help you negotate 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 sentened 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 misdemenor 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 probibited from helping you with DMV matters, which are not considered criminal. Which means, before you 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 witout 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 enforement 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.
－ The Law Office of Jeff Yeh －
3810 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 2107, Los Angeles, CA 90010
A 1 minute walk from the Purple Line subway station at Wilshire/Western
Free parking is located in the building.
－ Testimonials －
"Thank you Jeff" Ryan
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.
"Thank you for helping me with my DUI" Patrick
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.
"THE DUI SPECIALIST!!" Wesley
There is no one else I would rather have had, as my lawyer, than Jeff Yeh. When I was pulled over and arrested for a DUI, I was clueless and lost in the dark. I started talking to friends and researching online to figure out if I should hire a lawyer or go with a public defender.
Going through 50+ letters from lawyers and searching on AVVO and other online sources, I narrowed it down to 4 lawyers. I talked with all of them and found that Jeff was most knowledgeable, personal, and affordable. He always went the extra mile and made the whole procedure as painless
as possible. I didn't have to miss work to go to court and he even helped out with the DMV hearing. (Some of the other lawyers I talked to tried to charge extra fees) Jeff was able to get my DUI dismissed and I couldn't have had anyone better to represent me in court. I recommend him to
anyone who is/was unfortunate enough to be arrested for a DUI.
”Great and Knowledgeable DUL Specialist” Nao
I was very very happy with Jeff's service. I would recommend him to anyone who is looking for a DUI lawyer. To tell you guys my story, when I got my DUI around Downtown LA, I immediately started a lawyer-hunting in Los Angeles. I first emailed about 15 lawyers that I found online
and seemed good. After I got their replies, I went to meet 5 different lawyers. They seemed nice and good but a problem with big law firms is that they hire law students and have them take care of minor cases which happen to be DUI cases. So you meet up with your lawyer and explain about
your case but it doesn't really matter because they would just let their interns take care of your DUI case anyway. Well if the price is affordable then maybe it's worth trusting them BUT it's always so expensive.... one of the law firms told me it was going to be at least $9000 and
since I was a college student at that time, I didn't have that kind of money at all. I understand that prices vary depending on the case but it was way too expensive. I found Jeff through my friend's recommendation and I am so happy that I did. My DUI got dismissed and after 2 years from
the dismiss, he contacted me to see if I needed him to do expungement. He is not only a great lawyer but also great person too! Thanks Jeff!