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Oxnard & Ventura DUI Lawyer

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. For over 15 years, my firm has provided our clients with sound legal advice and representation and we can fight to increase your chances of a positive outcome.


Some of 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 1 st DUI offense received probation only. No jail time or work release!
  • DUI case reduced to regular reckless driving in the middle of the trial.

.09% or close to legal limit DUI? 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. At the Law Office of Jennifer Zide, we empower our clients. We will help you move past obstacles, toward freedom. At the Law Office of Jennifer Zide, we’re always on your side.


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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In Ventura, CA, a first time DUI can result in a variety of penalties that can negatively impact your future. Retaining a lackluster attorney can be detrimental to your case and should be avoided. Some penalties for a DUI include:

  • Jail time
  • 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. For more information about our legal services or to schedule a free case evaluation, contact our office at (805) 901-5403 today!


As a criminal defense attorney in private practice for the last 7 ½ years and, before that, as a deputy public defender in Mendocino County, I successfully represented hundreds of clients charged with Driving Under the Influence and other driving-related offenses. I have achieved excellent results on behalf of my 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: 1) less time in work release or custody and 2) 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, I 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 my clients charged with Driving Under the Influence in Santa Barbara and surrounding counties, I 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.

My trial results include a hung jury in favor of the defense with a .11/.12 alleged test result, in which the case against my client was subsequently dismissed. As a skilled Driving Under the Influence defense attorney in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, I bring my experience and dedication to your defense in identifying all the viable defense issues in your case. Did you know that the roadside exercises labeled by law enforcement as so-called “field sobriety tests” are not, in fact, reliable indicators of any driver’s impairment? Did you know that there could be valid scientific defenses even to an alleged .10% or higher blood alcohol content based on issues such as your drinking pattern, machine issues, or sample contamination? As an experienced DUI defense attorney in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, I 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. I at all times maintain open communication with my clients in order to answer all your questions, personally review your case with you, maximize your options in court, and explain all your rights and defenses so that you can make the right decision for you. At my 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.

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