Questions to Ask Placer County DUI Attorneys

How to choose one of the Placer County Roseville DUI Attorneys

  • Do you limit your practice to DUI defense in Placer County Roseville?

No but we do restrict our practice to DUI Defense. We do, however, limit the counties we serve to Placer, Sacramento, Yolo and sometimes El Dorado.  This means we are regularly in Placer County Roseville Departments 31 and 33.  There are three DA’s primarily responsible for the DUI cases in Placer County Roseville that we work with on a regular basis. 

It’s difficult enough to keep up on the constantly changing laws in one field.  Plus, the law has become much more complicated than it used to be.  The California Vehicle Code is made up of more than 40 thousand code sections. When you add in the Evidence Code and Penal Code sections that also apply to DUI cases, the law becomes complex.  In addition, there are several good publications that focus on DUI defense and prosecution that an attorney should be familiar with.  Our office decided a number of years ago to focus on this one area of practice, in just a few counties, to provide the best possible defense and service to our clients.  Look at our competitor’s websites and you’ll see that they handle many different types of cases.       

  • Are you experienced working in the Placer County Roseville Courts?

Yes.  We restrict almost 100% of our DUI practice to Placer, Sacramento, Yolo, and El Dorado Counties.  It is extremely helpful to know what the prosecution’s [LINK to-general penalty guidelines] are for DUI cases and to know who the decision makers are as well.  Most cases are handled in Departments 31 and 33.   

  • What information do you subpoena when reviewing your Placer County Roseville cases?

Depending on the arresting agency, we subpoena records that we believe they might have in their possession.  The Placer County arresting agencies we deal with the most are; CHP-Auburn, CHP-Gold Run, Roseville Police Department, Rocklin Police Department, Lincoln Police Department, Auburn Police Department, and the Placer County Sheriff’s Department.  Department of Justice (DOJ) is responsible for the Drager 7510 breath instrument used throughout the county and we get our records directly from them when applicable.  In certain instances, when a separate Preliminary Alcohol Screening (PAS) Device is used, Valley Toxicology in West Sacramento may be responsible for maintenance and calibration and we get the records from them.  At the beginning of each case we make a list of items we believe law enforcement might have in their possession.  Anyone can get police reports but there are often other records we believe to be important.  Preliminary Alcohol Screening Device (PAS) records, In Car Camera (ICC) or Mobile Video Audio Recording Device (MVARS) records, Lidar/Radar records, 911 Call(s), Dispatch Audio and Logs are some of the most common pieces of evidence we insist upon gathering.    

  • What DUI associations do you belong to?

We belong to the California DUI Lawyers Association and the Sacramento County Bar Association.  We’ve been members of other associations over the years but our practice is confined to DUI Defense in California and our office is in Sacramento, so these are the two most important groups for us to support.

  • What training and experience do you have?

Aside from the practical experience of handling DUI court cases and DMV hearings for well over two decades, the California State Bar requires that attorneys attend a certain number of hours of continuing education every 3 years.  We attend as many DUI related seminars as time permits.  In fact, almost all of the continuing education units the California State Bar requires are devoted to DUI Defense.  In addition to seminars, there have been certification programs for the AlcoSensor IV Preliminary Alcohol Screening (PAS) device (breath machine) taken at Ventura College and a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) training course on DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, put on by Robert LaPier & Associates.  The number of reviews on our website and online are a testament to the quality and competence of our work.  

  • Are your attorneys local?

We’ve kept our office in the same building at 901 “H” Street since 1994, directly across the street from the Sacramento County Superior Court.  This allows us easy access to Highway 80 which leads to the Placer County Superior Court in Roseville, Interstate 5 to the Yolo County Superior Court in Woodland, and Highway 50 taking us to the El Dorado County Superior Court in Placerville.

  • How large is your firm?

Our office has had one or two practicing attorneys over the years and one individual handling the IT, website and managing the day to day affairs of the office.  In multi attorney offices that focus on volume, it’s easy to see how court appearances are missed and there is a lot of finger pointing as to who is responsible.  Here, your case won’t get lost in the shuffle that might be experienced in the larger firms.

  • How long have the attorneys been practicing dui defense?

No one is brand new to DUI defense and Denis White has been practicing DUI defense since 1994.

  • How many DUI clients a year do you handle?

We average 100 to 130 cases per year.

  • Do you take other types of cases?

Very rarely do we accept cases other than DUI cases and Expungements.  Occasionally, a former client will have an issue that we are able to assist with but our focus is DUI Defense.  When we receive calls for concerning areas of law outside DUI defense, the best service we can provide is the names of a few competent local attorneys. 

  • What percentage of cases are devoted to DUI Defense?

A review of our internal records for the past couple of years show our cases to be 100% DUI or related by way of modifications and expungements. 

  • How often do you appear at the Placer County Roseville Courthouse?

Rarely does a week go by without appearances in one or more courts in the counties we service.  At the time of writing this article, we’ve made appearances in the Placer County Roseville Courthouse in three of the past four weeks.  Rather than carry an armful of files to court at the same time, we try to spread the cases out.  That way, when we go to court we’re talking to prosecutors about your case rather than a number of clients.

  • Have you worked with the prosecutor(s) in the counties where you practice?

Prosecutors come and go with promotions and changing assignments.  We have worked with most of the prosecutors and their supervisors over the years.  Some of the prosecutors are quite proficient in handling DUI cases while others are not.  We would rather be working with prosecutors that understand the law surrounding DUI cases and try to keep our cases with those individuals whenever possible.  The Placer County District Attorney’s Office splits the alphabet up into three sections, so there are just three prosecutors at any one time.

  • Have you worked with the judges in the counties where you practice?

Judges are also reassigned occasionally.  We have worked with all the judges that are presently sitting on the bench in the counties where we appear.  In most instances these days, judges and commissioners don’t have a very active role in DUI cases unless a case is set for a motion or trial.  In the past we were able to conference cases early on with a judge and prosecutor, in hopes of finding a way to resolve a case fairly.  Nowadays it seems that judicial economy, in an effort to move cases through the system quickly, prevents us from conferencing too many cases when we are at an impasse with the prosecutor.