What Are My Options if I Am Arrested for a Second California DUI?

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Any DUI arrest in California is a serious matter, but once you are labeled a repeat offender, the penalties escalate rapidly.

If you have a second DUI in California, the potential penalties are daunting:

DMV/Administrative Penalties
If you receive a second California DUI offense within 10 years, you face a DMV suspension of your license for one to two years. In addition, you must attend a DUI School for as long as 18 months. You will also have to carry SR-22 insurance.

If you are arrested for Driving Under the Influence in California, you have 10 days to request an administrative hearing at the California DMV. (It’s the first thing your lawyer should do for you after they have been retained.)

Criminal Penalties
If you receive a California DUI within 10 years of a prior DUI, then you will be charged with a second California DUI. 96 hours of Jail time is considered “mandatory” on a second DUI offense. However, a skilled attorney may be able to have the time converted to work service. You also face at least three and as many as five years of probation and a fine of $1,000 to $2,500.

Aggravating factors, such as an accident or high blood alcohol level (BAC) can result in increased penalties.

Aggressive Legal Defense

Being arrested for a second DUI can be overwhelming. A second California DUI conviction can potentially be a life changing event. A skilled California DUI attorney can aggressively defend you, either by taking the case to trial, or negotiating a favorable resolution with the district attorney. Many people believe that when they are arrested for a California DUI their situation is helpless. This is not the case. You are entitled to the presumption of innocence. There are hundreds of potential problems with their case:

  • Lack of probable cause
  • Lack of proof of driving
  • Failure to observe prior to BAC test
  • Tainted evidence
  • Loss of evidence
  • Chain of custody issues
  • Improper calibration of equipment

It is not a forgone conclusion that the DA has a solid case against you. 

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You need SR22 Insurance After a DUI…

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Being arrested and prosecuted for a DUI is a scary situation. Not only do the courts prosecute these to the fullest extent of the law but a DUI conviction will have numerous other consequences stemming from it. Most California DUI convictions wind up with a license suspension, DUI classes, community service, and even additional insurance required. This insurance is called SR22 insurance in California.

 

A common question our California DUI Attorneys receive is what in the world is SR22 insurance?

 

After having your driving license suspended or revoked, a driver has to get a bond authorized by the state. This is what SR22 insurance is. It proves to the state that you take financial responsibility for yourself and your vehicle.  Many insurance companies term SR22 insurance as “high-risk auto insurance” or  ”DUI car insurance.” This is because the SR22  insurance is primarily issued to high-risk drivers- the number one reason for SR22 insurance is a DUI conviction.

 

If you have received a DUI in California, you will have to carry an SR22  insurance for 3 years after the conviction. If you fail to sign up for SR22 insurance, the state will suspend your license as this is automatically related to the DMV by the insurance company (Yes, your insurance company will tattle to the DMV when they don’t get paid). To sign up for SR22, all you need to do is call your current insurance company or (if they dropped you) you can call any insurance company. They all understand what SR22 insurance is and if they don’t, you probably don’t want to have them as your insurance company. Your insurance company will have a couple forms to fill out and they, as required by law, will send the paperwork to the DMV showing that you have appropriate insurance. You only need to do this one time- after that, just pay your bill on time and listen to your insurance company. Some people have this misconception that if they move states (or have their cars registered in another state), they will no longer need SR22. In reality, they will have to maintain it regardless of where they live for 3 years.

 

The first thing most people want to know about when they have to get SR22 insurance is its price. The price of the insurance can be seen by its quote. In simple words, an SR22 insurance quote gives the estimated amount that you would have to pay for filing an SR22 insurance. There are a number of companies that offer SR22 insurance. With google, you can easily find many SR22 insurance quotes. There are numerous companies that provide their SR22 insurance quotes online. However, your rates will be going up. Depending on the vehicle and many other factors will determine how much the rate will go up. You can always look into getting liability only instead of full coverage insurance to see less of an increase.

 

After filing an SR22 insurance, you have to make sure that the policy is maintained on time every time. If you fail to maintain it or if there is any gap in the time of coverage, your car insurance company will inform the local DMV and they are quick to do this. The DMV will be forced to take serious action. They will immediately revoke your driver’s license and they may also penalize you. Therefore, you should make sure it is a top priority to pay in a timely fashion.

 

 

 

Sign the Insurance forms and pay on time

Sign the Insurance forms and pay on time

 

In sum: SR22 insurance is an additional insurance that DUI or high risk drivers must pay for because the state believes you are a higher risk for an accident. Your rate will go up and you cannot avoid this unless you stop driving for good. However, it is easy, call your insurance company, have them add SR22, and pay on time.

What to do at a Criminal Consultation?

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A legal consultation with a criminal defense attorney is typically free but it is not going to be lengthy. The normal amount of time that an attorney can spend on an individual consultation is 30 minutes. Therefore, it is critical that you take the following steps to maximize the value of your consultation: 

Tip #1: Ask for an In-Person Consultation if Available

For a legal consultation, the main goal is to see whether or not you are comfortable with the attorney. Whether you like his style, his tone, and his approach. This can be difficult to assess over the telephone. If you have the extra time to visit an attorney in-person, this is absolutely worth your troubles. However, this may not be available for every type of case. For example, our office handles traffic ticket citations and we cannot give a free in person consultation for this type of offense. Ask the office whether this is available for your particular case.

Tip #2: Create a Chronological Summary of the Factual Scenario Surrounding Your Case

Organize your booking, arrest, or other legal paperwork in chronological order and remember to bring this paperwork (as well as your identification) to the consultation. Further, it is a good idea to sit down and write out a statement of facts surround your incident. It sounds silly to write this out in advance then tell the story again when you are there. However, many people forget all of the facts and since the meeting is so short, you will not have time to remember everything. Further, the attorney can better assess your case if he has all of the facts laid out.

Tip #3: If you Have Been Represented by Other Attorneys in the Past, Provide the Attorney with Their Names and Contact Information.

In a criminal action, many cases are prior-able. This means, if you commit the act a 2nd time, the punishment gets worse. Further, the longer your criminal history, the tougher the sentence tends to be. Your attorney needs to know your full criminal history and have the ability to consult with your past attorneys to best defend you.

Tip #4: Do Some Research on the Internet Before your Consultation.

Don’t just call an attorney and ask if he can help you. You need to be very specific and organized when you are at your consultation and before you seek advice. Attorneys like working with clients who are organized and have realistic expectations. If you do your research, your attorney can focus on getting to the issues instead of teaching you things that can be found on google or Avvo. The more you know about your criminal defense situation before your consultation, the better your likelihood of receiving something positive from the consultation.

Tip #5: Write Down a List of Questions in Advance, and Show them to the Lawyer at the Consultation.

Do as the heading says. You will not remember all of the questions that you have and it helps the attorney and yourself to write them down before you go into the meeting.

Tip #6: Always Tell Your Attorney the Truth and Nothing but the Truth!

Your criminal defense attorney is trying to help you. He does not work for the District Attorney and is not there to judge you. Criminal defense attorney are some of the most non-judgmental people around- they see this stuff daily. Further, he is not going to turn you in nor is he going to have the DA raise your charges. Lying to your attorney will only hurt yourself.

Don't feel trapped, get a consultation

Don’t feel trapped, get a consultation

Tip #7: Do Not Hide Anything.

The attorney needs to know everything, do not shield anything. An attorney will need to know the good, the bad, and the ugly. This is not the time to be modest or embarrassed. If you are HIV positive, were convicted of shoplifting or your marriage is falling apart, the lawyer needs to know. Similarly, if you were nominated for a major award, earn a high salary or just returned from your honeymoon, be sure to tell the attorney. Things that you may not think are relevant can change the entire outcome of a case. Now is not the time to hide anything.

Tip #8: Be Prepared to Pay

The attorney is not giving the consultation because he likes you. He is hoping to have you hire him. If you are there looking for free advice which is going to change your life, this is not the time or place. The attorney is not there to tell you how to handle your case but rather he is there to explain what your expectations should be and to help guide you through the process. He is not going to say, “Oh, all you have to do is tell the judge this…” Rather, he is probably going to go over the facts and explain how the case is going to be handled by their office. Further, if you are looking for a consultation, you should have the money to pay for the attorney. In criminal defense, no cases are taken on a contingency fee nor are there long drawn out payment plans. Attorneys are not cheap and most are paid before work even begins on the particular case.

 

This guide is published on AVVO.

 

Driving While Drunk: The Ten Most Common Signs and Symptoms

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Driving While IntoxicatedAccording to the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA), the following is a list of symptoms indicating that a person is driving while intoxicated. Police in California and throughout the country look for these indicators when searching for those driving while drunk (DUI).

1. Turning with a wide radius

When someone is driving while intoxicated, it makes it more difficult to make a proper turn. Therefore, if the police see a person make a wide turn, especially at night, they may suspect drunk driving is at play.

2. Straddling center of lane marker

Drunk drivers have a difficult time maintaining their lane due to blurred vision and impaired cognitive skills. When an officer sees a driving straddling the center lane, he is almost always going to initiate a traffic stop and investigate for driving while drunk.

3. “Appearing to be drunk”

Well, this one seems rather obvious. If the cops see you stumbling around, shouting obscenities at a parking meter, or otherwise acting like a drunk person, they are going to think that you are drunk. If she see you acting this way behind the wheel, they will stop you for driving while intoxicated.

4. Almost striking object or vehicle

For the reasons explained above, drunk drivers have a difficult time keeping control of their vehicle. Sometimes, they will strike or almost strike a vehicle. If a police officer witnesses a near collision, they are certainly going to suspect driving while drunk.

5. Weaving

Nearly every police report that lands on the Beahm Law desk contains an allegation by the police officer that our client was weaving in and out of their lane before they were arrested for drunk driving. When a police officer sees a car leave its lane without signaling, and then weave back in, they are likely to make a traffic stop for driving while drunk.

6. Driving on a location other than a designated highway

Drunk drivers have been known to drive in to all sorts of weird locations. Subway tunnels, sidewalks, swimming pools, or through a public park. Such driving is a surefire way to wind up with a traffic stop, and if in fact alcohol is suspected to be involved, you will be arrested for drunk driving.Arrested for drunk driving

7. Swerving

See weaving, above.

8. Speed more than 10 mph below limit

Perhaps surprisingly, driving too slowly makes the list, while speeding doesn’t. According to the (NHTSA), driving while intoxicated tends to make drivers drive too slow. It may also be due to overcompensation by those who are driving extra carefully out of fear of being arrested for drunk driving.

9. Stopping without cause in traffic lane

Drunk drivers are frequently stopped for blocking intersections, pulling over on the side of the highway, or otherwise interfering with the flow of traffic.

10. Following too closely

Those that drive while drunk often follow other cars too closely. However, this isn’t as strong of an indicator of drunk driving as some of the items higher on the list, as many drivers follow too closely as a matter of course. Nevertheless, police can use tailgating as a reason to initiative a traffic stop. If they smell alcohol, or you admit to drinking, they are likely to suspect you are driving while drunk.

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Parting advice:

Whether you have been drinking or not, remember that anything you say to the police can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to remain silent, decline to take sobriety tests, and ask for an attorney at your earliest opportunity.

What is a California Felony DUI?

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The vast majority of those arrested for DUI in California are charged with misdemeanor drunk driving. However, a California felony DUI is a possibility in some cases. There are four different sets of circumstances in which a person arrested for a California DUI could be charged with felony drunk driving:

  • The person charged with DUI has three or more drunk driving convictions within the past ten years.
  • The person charged with DUI has a prior conviction for gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and when committed during the operation of a vehicle, or felonious vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated but with gross negligence.
  • The person charged with DUI has been convicted of another charge of felony drunk driving or felony gross vehicular manslaughter in the previous ten years.
  • The act of drunk driving caused bodily injury or death to another party (the bodily injury can be minor; it does not necessarily have to be a serious injury). 

From a defense perspective, a California felony DUI charge is a game changer. If convicted, your license can be suspended for as many as five years, and you face six months to four years in prison. In addition, a felony DUI record can prevent you from obtaining a job, owning or possessing a gun, obtaining a professional license, receiving student loans, and many other limitations that can permanently lower the quality of your life and limit your freedom.

In addition, if someone is killed in the course of a DUI, you can receive a “strike” on your record, and face as much as life in prison.

We believe that anyone arrested for DUI in California needs quality legal representation. In the case of a California felony DUI arrest, skilled legal counsel is absolutely imperative. That’s because in many cases, it is possible for a felony DUI charge to be reduced to a misdemeanor through a plea bargain, or successfully defended in the courtroom.

DUI: Driving Under the Influence of Prescription Drugs

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Drunk driving cases involving alcohol are commonplace in California, with over 200,000 DUI arrests per year. However, every year hundreds of people are arrested and prosecuted for DUI in California despite not testing above the legal limit. You can be charged with drug DUI based on intoxication due to illegal drugs including marijuana, or even prescription medication.

California Police are trained to investigate not only alcohol intoxication, but also intoxication due to illegal drugs and prescription medications. Any hit that you are under the influence of a drug, and alarm bells start going off in ol’ coppers head and out come the handcuffs.

In California, you can be cited for a drug DUI for driving under the influence of “any drug.” Under California case law, a drug is any substance other than alcohol that could impair driving ability. Therefore, despite California’s generally lax marijuana laws, you can still be prosecuted for a marijuana drug DUI. You can even be prosecuted for DUI for drugs which were taken for legitimate medical purposes. 

If you are stopped by California police, it is in your best interest to remain silent and ask for an attorney to be present before answering questions. Do not consent to any searches of your person or your vehicle. If you inform the police of any drugs that you are taking, even if they have been prescribed by your doctor, you will increase the chances of an arrest and prosecution.

California police often take the stance of “let the judge decide.” Naturally you would prefer not to leave it up to a judge, because that’s going to mean a night in jail, a suspended license, the expense of hiring an attorney, and all sorts of stress and inconvenience.

If you do find yourself arrested, an experienced drug DUI attorney can make a huge difference. But as much as we would like your business, if you use some common sense, you may be able to prevent the entire ordeal.

 

DNA is the New Fingerprint

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Watch out- if you get arrested, the police can take your DNA, no questions asked! The United States Supreme Court made a decision about taking DNA samples from anybody arrested. In a 5-4 decision, the USSC agreed that the states may take DNA samples from anybody arrested for serious crimes.

Privacy groups, defense attorneys, and law enforcement were all closely watching the case because at least 25 states and the federal government have regulations requiring arrestees to give a DNA sample upon arrest, regardless of whether a conviction is gained at a later time. In all the states with DNA laws, the records are cataloged in state and federal crime databases used to match DNA for the years to come.

In a 5-4 decision, the USSC justices reversed a 2012 ruling from Maryland’s highest court, which had said that it was a breach of the Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable search and seizure to take, without a warrant, DNA samples from suspects who have been merely arrested. In the end, Justice Kennedy wrote that swabbing the inside of a suspect’s cheek to acquire a DNA sample was “an advanced technique superior” to fingerprinting, mugshots, retina and even tattoo matching.

DNA

A DNA profile is helpful to law enforcement because it gives them a form of identification to search the records already in their possession. Analogies can be made for which state that DNA for identification is no different than matching an arrestee’s face to a wanted sign; or matching tattoos to known gang signs to reveal a criminal affiliation; or matching the arrestee’s fingerprints to those recovered from the scene of a crime. The USSC seems to believe that DNA is another metric of identifica­tion.

Justice Kennedy added that, not “to insist on fingerprints as the norm would make little sense to either the forensic expert or the layperson.” The majority also said that DNA collection “may have the salutary effect of freeing a person wrongfully imprisoned for the same offense.”

The one thing that I found odd about this decision is that Justice Antonin Scalia wrote a dissent. The most conservative justice does not agree that DNA is the new fingerprint. In writing his dissent, said taking the DNA without a warrant was a clear Fourth Amendment violation. He suggested that the founding fathers would not be so willing “to open their mouths for royal inspection.” Justice Antonin Scalia wrote that the cheek swabbing was an unconstitutional, warrantless search of a suspect because it goes beyond identifying the suspect and moves into the crime solving realm.

“If identifying someone means finding out what unsolved crimes he has committed, then identification is indistinguishable from the ordinary law enforcement aims that have never been thought to justify a suspicionless search. Searching every lawfully stopped car, for example, might turn up information about unsolved crimes the driver had committed, but no one would say that such a search was aimed at ‘identifying’ him, and no court would hold such a search lawful,” Scalia wrote.

Scalia also mocked the majority’s rationale because the suspect’s DNA in the case was not processed for about four months after his arrest: “Today’s judgment will, to be sure, have the beneficial effect of solving more crimes; then again, so would the taking of DNA samples from anyone who flies on an airplane (surely the Transportation Security Administration needs to know the ‘identity’ of the flying public), applies for a driver’s license, or attends a public school. Perhaps the construction of such a genetic panopticon is wise. But I doubt that the proud men who wrote the charter of our liberties would have been so eager to open their mouths for royal inspection.”

The issue before the United States Supreme Court did not contest the long-held practice of taking DNA samples from convicts. The courts have already upheld DNA sampling of convicted felons, based on the theory that those who are convicted of crimes have fewer privacy rights.

For more information concerning the Maryland v. King decision, the SCOTUS blog has you covered! If you need a lawyer, BeahmLaw.com has you covered! Thank you for reading.

What is a Motion to Expunge a Criminal Record?

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What is a Motion to Expunge a Criminal Record?

California Expungement Motion

As a California expungement Lawyer, this question is so simple that we often assume that everybody knows the answer. The truth is, not everyone knows what an expungement is. In fact, I asked my wife, who works in accounting, if she knew what an expungement is. She thought it was only for juvenile records. Thus, I wanted to take the time to answer this question that we often take for-granted.

The term expungement refers to sealing a criminal record. A motion to expunge is a broad term which encompasses a wide spectrum of cases which range from serious crimes to certain infractions. An expungement is a legal procedure to be followed in order to get your criminal record sealed.

An Expungement is a Loofah for your Criminal Record.

An Expungement is a Loofah for your Criminal Record.

The term criminal is very broad and can even include certain infractions. The common infractions qualifying for expungement are trespass, disturbing the peace, petty theft (Pursuant to PC 490.1), and disorderly conduct. However, expungements may also be done for Driving Under the Influence, battery, and even certain felonies.

What en expungement does is it masks the conviction. However, an expungement will not hide anything from licensing agencies. This means, if you want to be an attorney, you will have to tell the State Bar about all convictions whether or not they were expunged. Having your record clear is typically done for employment reasons. An expungement will hide your convictions from most employers and you do not have to disclose expunged convictions unless they specifically ask for that.

To get the expungement process started, you can hire the guys at Beahm Law, or you can even do it yourself. The exact penal code section to follow is California Penal Code section 1203.4. You will likely find some good results if you google your county with the code section- many of the forms are available online. Or, you could contact your local probation office for more information.

The motion to expunge itself is a document stating the facts of your situation with the law and a request for the court to clean up your record. In many instances, the court must grant the expungement as a matter of law. It is usually submitted in addition to an application packet. However, it is the motion to expunge that formally requests the court to clear a conviction.

When the request is granted (when you are successful), the court will sign a document known as an order of expungement. This will seal the criminal record as if it never existed. You will then be able to legally claim that you were never arrested or convicted of any of the crimes that were expunged.

DISCLAIMER: The above answer is particular to California Expungements and is intended for entertainment purposes only. No attorney client relationship has been formed. For specific legal advice tailored to your particular case, Contact Beahm law.

Reduction of the legal drinking limit

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Reduction of the legal drinking limit

The proposal to deduce the driving limit has some wide ranging opposition

Earlier this month, the National Highway Traffic Safety board proposed a reduction of the legal drinking limit from 0.08% to 0.05%. This proposal is due to many other countries dropping their limit and the potential cash that DUI’s bring in. The NHTSA did not state the latter but, as a DUI firm, we see firsthand how much a DUI costs and where that money is going. Nevertheless, the reduction seems slight and how could anyone quibble over a mere .03 difference? Well, the proposal attracted a torrent of criticism. The criticism has come from expected sources but there are some unlikely sources of opposition to this proposal.

Motorcycle Officers Looking for Drunk Drivers

Motorcycle Officers Looking for Drunk Drivers

Among those who have come out against the proposal are, as expected, hospitality groups like the National Restaurant Association and the American Beverage Institute. The argument raised by the hospitality groups was that efforts against drunk driving (DUI) should focus on repeat or extreme offenders with higher blood alcohol levels. The one group that nobody thought would be opposing this proposal was Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). MADD came out against the measure, saying it would likely take years to implement and that the reduction from the current 0.08% threshold to 0.05% would not be nearly as effective as the further use of technologies like the ignition interlock device (IID). The IID is a breathalyzer device installed on the dashboard of a vehicle which requires drivers to prove their sobriety before the vehicle will start. Further, an IID will go off periodically while the car is in motion.

To defend their position, the NTSB threw out some statistics: they state that a driver with a BAC of 0.05 is 38% more likely to be in an accident as compared with a driver who hasn’t consumed any alcohol. By comparison, the board stated that a driver with a level of 0.08 is 169% more likely to be involved in an accident than a completely sober driver. The NTSB also state that reducing the legal limit to 0.05 would place the United States on par with the global consensus on drunk driving, maintaining that more than 90 countries already have limits at or below the proposed 0.05 mark, including 25 of the 27 European Union members. Thankfully the NTSB can’t make law, but instead they make recommendations to federal and state governments. This recommendation will surely evoke further opposition from the hospitality industry.

To reduce the legal limit to 0.05 is absolutely not necessary. This would only place the punishment on everyday people who have a glass of wine or a beer at dinner. Further, in the Bay Area and wine country, hospitality is a multimillion dollar industry and reducing the limits will only slow down the economy and further destroy any sense of community that we still strive to maintain. Am I wrong? We would love to hear what you think about this issue.

Written By J. Robert Mortland III, Esq. Senior Trial Attorney at Beahm Law. The words and beliefs of Mr. Mortland do not reflect that of everyone at Beahm Law. I hope we can have an honest discussion about these issues and I will sprinkle my personal beliefs in from time to time.

California Traffic Ticket Appeals

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California Traffic Ticket Appeals

California Traffic ticket appeals: Traffic tickets are subject to the same rules and procedures as most misdemeanor charges. This includes the right to an appeal if there was a legal issue in the case. However, it is important to note that you can appeal only if there was a legal error. It is a misconception that a defendant should appeal a case simply because they did not like the result at trial. There are other defendants who ask for an appeal simply because they thought that the Commissioner took the cops word over theirs. Both of these reasons for asking for an appeal are incorrect. These are not reasons to file an appeal of your traffic citation. While this right (to appeal) is given to every single person in traffic court, your case will not be overturned unless you can show a legal error.

Filing a traffic ticket appeal is an uphill battle and you must first analyze the law and the probability for success. If you do not analyze the law first, you could be throwing money, time, and energy away. Further, a traffic ticket attorney is expensive for appeals. You should question whether or not you want to hire an attorney and if the time and energy is even worth it for you personally.

The main reason why someone would appeal a traffic case is because there was an legal error made by the Court in deciding the case. Another reason is that the Court may have abused it’s discretion. An example of a legal error may be, to admit into evidence a traffic engineering survey which does not meet the elements of the hearsay exception. An example of an abuse of discretion of the Court, is to allow the Officer to re-open the case after you have made your closing argument/ after the people rested their case.

California Traffic Ticket Appeals

California Traffic Ticket Appeals

Filing a Traffic Ticket Appeal is a long process… Here are the steps of a Traffic Case Appeal:

1. File your Notice of Appeal (NOA) within 30 days of the finding of guilt. This is important that you file within 30 days- you cannot default on this, it is jurisdictional and there are very few reasons that the Court will allow relief if you miss this critical date.

2. You must file the Statement on Appeal within 20 days of filing the NOA. You must serve a copy on the District Attorney, depending on your jurisdiction. Here you must also designate your record.

3. You will be given a court date to appear in order to settle the record. This means you will meet with the Commissioner who heard the case in order to discuss and agree to what the testimony was presented at trial and just as important what objections were made at trial.

4. Once all of the above has been completed, the case will be certified to the Appellate Division of the Superior Court.

5. Next, the Appellate Division clerk will notify you that they have received the record on appeal and that your Appellant’s Opening Brief will be due in 20 days. If you cannot meet this deadline, you may request and extension of time.

6. Once all briefs have been filed, the Court will issue a court date to appear and make an oral argument.

7. Lastly, once argument is completed the Court will notify you of their decision. If you are not satisfied with the decision, you can request a transfer to the Court of Appeals. If you are denied the transfer by both the Court of Appeals and the Appellate Division, you can then file a writ against that decision.

Depending on the local rules and the exact case you are fighting, these steps may change. It is best to speak with an attorney before taking on an appeal.

If you are ready for compassionate legal representation for defending your traffic ticket, contact the folks at Beahm Law to schedule a consultation. Check out Beahmlaw.com for more info.