Fighting For Your Rights

Fighting For Your Rights

DUI laws in California and across the country are becoming stricter, with harsher penalties being imposed on those found guilty of driving under the influence. Drunk driving charges are extremely serious and should be addressed as soon as possible in order to protect your rights and your future.

At my office, clients are represented by me, attorney Michael Idiart. I have been providing criminal defense and DUI defense representation in Fresno for over 30 years. I strive to help my clients understand their rights after a DUI arrest. I examine all aspects of the situation, including the traffic stop, to ensure that proper police procedures were followed to the letter. If not, we may have grounds upon which to seek a dismissal of the DUI charges that are pending against you.

During my over 30 years as a lawyer, I have focused my practice on criminal law. My experience as both a prosecutor and defense attorney provides me with a unique understanding of the judicial process that I put to work for my clients. I have worked on over 100 jury trials and I bring my wealth of experience to each and every one of my clients.

DMV Hearings

One aspect of a DUI arrest that individuals may not initially realize is the fact that their driver’s license will be automatically suspended. You can fight this suspension though by requesting a hearing at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). These DMV hearings are designed for you to explain your situation and have your driving privileges restored whenever possible. Some clients may have restricted privileges, such as driving only to work and/or school, while others may have all of their privileges reinstated. However, it is important to note that many drivers still receive a driver’s license suspension even after a DMV hearing. I am experienced at handling these hearings and will fight for your rights to the fullest extent possible.

Treatment and Rehabilitation

I am a strong proponent of a client getting help instead of getting punished. In some cases, it is possible for us to secure rehabilitation and treatment instead of jail time and fines.

Let me put my experience to work for you. If it is in your best interest, I will work with prosecutors to negotiate a plea agreement. Prosecutors can be convinced of the need for rehabilitation rather than mere punishment. If drugs are a factor in your alleged crime, they will want to see you undergo treatment and counseling. I have extensive experience advocating for rehabilitation instead of punishment for my clients.

Experience in High Stakes Cases

Experience in High Stakes Cases

If you charged with a violent crime, the stakes are high. Depending on the crime you are charged with and whether or not you have previous convictions, under the Three Strikes Law you may be facing time in prison. The district attorney generally assigns the most experienced prosecutors to these cases. You need to have an experienced and aggressive lawyer on your side.

During my over 30 years as a lawyer, I have focused my practice on criminal law. My experience as both a prosecutor and defense attorney provides me with a unique understanding of the judicial process that I put to work for my clients. I have worked on over 100 jury trials and I bring my wealth of experience to each and every one of my clients.

I handle the defense of adults and juveniles in a wide variety of violent misdemeanors and felonies, such as:

Murder/homicide: Conviction can constitute life in prison.

Vehicular manslaughter: Any case in which a person has died in a car accident should be taken seriously. Punishment is extreme.

Assault: Conviction generally means prison time.

Attempted murder: These charges often stem from an assault but the consequences are much more serious.

Domestic violence (domestic assault/spousal abuse): Restraining orders are usually in place. In family situations, I help people receive counseling, as well as a defense in court.

Sexual assault: These violent crimes include rape, date rape, statutory rape, child molestation. Conviction can mean prison time and lifetime sex offender registration.

Robbery: Punishments vary greatly due to the particulars of each case.

Gang crimes: Assisting in a crime as part of gang involvement is considered enhancement and carries severe punishment.

Rehabilitation Vs. Punishment

I am a strong proponent of a client getting help instead of getting punished. In some cases, it is possible for us to secure rehabilitation and treatment instead of jail time and fines.

Let me put my experience to work for you. If it is in your best interest, I will work with prosecutors to negotiate a plea agreement. Prosecutors can be convinced of the need for rehabilitation rather than mere punishment. If drugs are a factor in your alleged crime, they will want to see you undergo treatment and counseling. I have extensive experience advocating for rehabilitation instead of punishment for my clients.

Contact me for a free initial consultation. My office is located within a block of the jail and courthouse and is open on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. I am also available for evening and weekend appointments. I can meet you at your home, office or at the jail if you are in custody.