Novato DUI Attorney
Drunk Driving Damage Control Lawyer

A Novato DUI arrest can result in at least a few days of jail or work-project, thousands of dollars in fines, increased car insurance rates, and a mandatory alcohol class that lasts for several months. Although this is harsh (especially comparing it to many felonies where NO jail time is actually required), the courts are not usually trying to destroy people's lives on a first offense Novato DUI.

The Novato misdemeanor court system is ridiculously backed up, meaning that a typical DUI case in Novato can take upwards of four months to resolve, even if the defense does not contest the case. In a contested case, unfortunately, it takes closer to six months to a year for a case to completely resolve.


A good Novato DUI Attorney will know what to look for to try to win your case. Whether there was a valid reason to stop your car, whether there was sufficient cause for the officer to start a drunk driver investigation, who was actually driving the car, what the BAC was and whether it will be provable in court.

A Novato Drunk Driving Lawyer CAN HELP YOU, EVEN IF YOU WERE DRUNK

Even if you know your case is not winnable, contact me now! There are many things that a Novato Drunk Driving Lawyer can do for a client with an unwinnable case that can result in what is effectively a shorter license suspension, and sometimes shaving off several months of the mandatory alcohol class - completion of which is mandatory before getting your unrestricted license back.


Just as important to many Novato DUI clients is the confidentiality that I help you achieve - in many cases, the Novato DUI client can get through the whole situation without their employer finding out about the DUI arrest. Novato DUI Lawyer Matthew Becker helps clients stay at the office instead of having to take time off from work to be in the courtroom. So long as the charge is a misdemeanor, Novato DUI Lawyers are usually able to keep the client out of the courtroom - But Beware, some judges will not cooperate with this for multiple offenders.


You only have 10 days after the drunk driving arrest to contact the California DMV driver safety office - or have Novato DWI Attorney Matthew Becker contact them for you. If the DMV is not contacted in time, either by you or by your Novato DWI Attorney, you will almost certainly face a suspension of your driving privileges.

The effect of this DMV suspension can frequently be worse than the effects of the criminal charge. Novato DWI Lawyer Matthew Becker will handle the DMV bureaucracy for you, in some cases saving your license entirely; and in others, maximizing the overlap between the DMV license suspension and any court ordered license suspension so that you suffer the minimum amount of time without a license.

The DMV is biased against the client in their drunk driving License Suspension Hearings. The DMV hearing officer acts as judge, jury, and prosecutor. For this reason, you really need a Novato DWI Lawyer on your side. At least in court there is a separate judge. You can read more about this on my drunk driving Resources Page. If a suspension is unavoidable, the skills of your Novato Drunk Driving Attorney can still be invaluable in terms of timing the suspension around your life and minimizing the total length of your license suspension.


Call now. (415)259-4947. Many attorneys offer a free initial consultation that involves asking what you are charged with and quoting a price. I do things differently. Since I post my prices online, if you call me, we will discuss the facts of your case. I will give you a heads-up on what the maximum and minimum you are facing if convicted and will discuss with you what options might be available. Call me or check out my Novato DUI resources at the bottom of the page.


Click on any link below to learn more.


  • Effect of A Drunk Driving Conviction on Car Insurance Rates; How to get SR22
  • Getting a Restricted Privilege on your License Suspension
    • Restricted Privileges License Suspension for First Offenders
    • Restricted Privileges License Suspension for Second Offenders
  • DUI - The Criminal Case
    • Process of a Drunk Driving Criminal Case with an Attorney
    • Standard Motions Your DUI Attorney Can File
    • Special Motions Your DUI Attorney Can File
    • Trial Case
    • Plea Negotiations between District Attorney and your DUI Attorney
    • More Discovery
  • Drunk Driving Penalties
    • First Offense Misdemeanor Drunk Driving Penalties
    • Second Offense Misdemeanor Drunk Driving Penalties
    • Third Offense Misdemeanor Drunk Driving Penalties
    • Fourth Offense Felony Drunk Driving
    • Felony Injury Drunk Driving
    • Enhancements
      • 0.15% BAC
      • 0.20% BAC
      • Child Under 14 in Car
      • Speeding
      • Refusal to take chemical test
  • DMV Hearing
    • Drunk Driving License Suspension
    • Refusal to Submit for Chemical Testing
  • Resolving Criminal Charges in a DUI Case
    • District Attorney?s Office Doesn't File Charges
    • Dismissal for Lack of Proof
    • Plea Bargaining
    • Jury Trial
      • I was stopped at a DUI checkpoint. Are those legal?
      • Why didn't they get a warrant?
      • What happened to Miranda Rights?
      • What is a Motion to Suppress?
      • Why was I pulled over? Driving While Black?
      • Do I have to go to jail? Or do Work Project?
      • Do I have to go do a DUI program? I heard there was a way out of it.
      • Do I have to do SR-22?
      • Where do I go for SR-22 insurance?
      • Where do I go for a list of DUI programs?
      • Where do I go for an ignition interlock device?
      • How do I find my court date?
      • What is the court's website?
      • Contact for Revenue Services

Selected Drunk Driving Resources