Experienced & Aggressive DUI Lawyer Serving Ventura County Charged With a DUI? We're On Your Side

DUI Defense Lawyer in Ventura

DUI charges can derail your life and place roadblocks in your future. However, the Law Office of Jennifer Zide can help clear the way and get your life back on track. Because the California criminal justice system aggressively targets and punishes DUI offenders, you need an experienced Ventura DUI defense lawyer on your side. With over 20 years of legal experience, our firm has provided our clients with sound legal advice and representation, and we can fight to increase your chances of a positive outcome.

Our accomplishments include:

  • Special allegation enhancements (for high blood alcohol level) dropped in DUI cases, which resulted in a more favorable sentencing
  • Clients facing high blood alcohol level allegations received credit for time served instead of additional custody penalties
  • Clients facing 1st DUI offense received probation only. No jail time or work release!
  • DUI case reduced to regular reckless driving in the middle of the trial.

Penalties for DUI Charges in California

In Ventura, CA, a first time DUI can result in a variety of penalties that can negatively impact your future. 

Penalties for a DUI include:

  • Jail time dependent on history, nature of offense, and alleged blood alcohol level, burdensome and costly alcohol education class, and restrictions on your personal freedom 
  • 3 years of probation
  • A costly first offender alcohol education class
  • Fines and fees, which can amount to thousands of dollars

Another consequence of a DUI is the loss of your driver’s license. If you are facing license revocation, we can help. We are available to represent you during a DMV hearing, where our legal team can argue on your behalf and can increase your odds of saving your license. 

Schedule your initial consultation by calling the firm at (805) 669-9744 or filling out the online contact form

Successful Case Results

See How We've Helped Other People In Your Shoes
  • No Jail Time DUI
  • No Additional Time DUI
  • Case Dismissed DUI
  • Charges Dropped DUI
  • No Additional Jail Time DUI
  • No Jail Time DUI
  • Charges Reduced DUI
  • DUI Special Allegation Dropped DUI
  • No Custody Time in DUI DUI

The Factors of a DUI Arrest

To effectively protect your rights when you are charged with a DUI in Ventura County, you need to be aware that there could be a number of problems with the case against you. Issue areas include incomplete drinking information which makes it impossible for the prosecution to prove blood alcohol content at the point of driving, machine issues ranging from maintenance to accuracy in reading samples, the inherent limitations and deficiencies surrounding the roadside exercises labeled “field sobriety tests,” and deficiencies in the officer investigation.

At the Law Office of Jennifer Zide, we challenge all assumptions, erroneous labels, and authority, to effectively defend the case against you. Justice is humanizing and advocating for my client in a system that otherwise sees him or her only as a number. We empower our clients and will help you move past obstacles, toward freedom. 

Regardless of the difficulty of your case, I am confident that my legal team can assist you. We have handled dozens of DUI related cases and have obtained a positive outcome for many of our clients.

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We Have the Experience to Obtain a Positive Outcome to Your Case

As a criminal defense attorney in private practice for the last 15 years and, before that, as a deputy public defender in Mendocino County, Attorney Jennifer Zide has successfully represented hundreds of clients charged with Driving Under the Influence and other driving-related offenses. She has achieved excellent results on behalf of our clients charged with Driving Under the Influence in Ventura County, including dropped special allegations for high blood alcohol content. 

A dropped special allegation has a concrete, two-fold benefit: 

  • less time in work release or custody
  • a shorter and less costly, three-month alcohol education class instead of the standard nine-month for high blood alcohol content

For clients charged with Driving Under the Influence for the first time in Ventura County, we have also achieved sentences of absolutely no time in work release or in custody, in lieu of the standard 48 hours of custody or 5 days of work release.

For clients charged with Driving Under the Influence in Santa Barbara and surrounding counties, we have achieved excellent results, including reduced work release or custody time, and dropped special allegations and no added jail time in high blood alcohol content scenarios. For clients facing Driving Under the Influence in Santa Barbara County, my excellent results include a straight “reckless driving” (not a so-called “wet reckless” reduced charge) with even less probation and less of a fine than that for standard reckless driving.

Our trial results include a hung jury in favor of the defense with a .11/.12 alleged test result, in which the case against our client was subsequently dismissed. As a skilled Driving Under the Influence defense attorney in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, Attorney Zide brings experience and dedication to your defense in identifying all the viable defense issues in your case. 

As an experienced DUI defense attorney in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, Attorney Zide thoroughly analyze the case against you with an eye toward developing all areas of reasonable doubt that will put you in a more advantageous position in your case. We always maintain open communication with our clients to answer all your questions, personally review your case with you, maximize your options in court, and explain all your rights and defenses so you can make the right decision for you. At our office, we retain an experienced forensic toxicology specialist who partners with us to analyze all the scientific issues in your case and review those with you.

For more information about our legal services or to schedule a free case evaluation, contact our office at (805) 669-9744 today!

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