VISTA CRIMINAL TRAFFIC VIOLATION LAWYER
I am criminal traffic defense attorney Peter M. Liss and I can help you if you have been arrested or received a ticket for a misdemeanor or felony traffic offense anywhere in San Diego County. I have tried over 100 jury trials and successfully defended many individuals with their cases involving criminal traffic charges in Vista and San Diego, such as:
- Reckless Driving
- Hit & Run Accident
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
- Vehicular Homicide
- Driving with an Open Container
- Driving on a Suspended License
- Evading the Police
- Street Drag Racing / Speed Contest
- Driving with Fraudulent Registration
If you need a defense lawyer with experience handling serious traffic crimes like these, please call me today for a free consultation. I provide all clients top quality representation for a reasonable fee and accept all major credit cards.
What to Know About Serious Driving Offenses in San Diego
While most traffic offenses are merely infractions, punishable through a fine only, certain cases are much more serious and can actually leave you in jail or even in prison. Felony and misdemeanor traffic offenses in San Diego County require a special level of representation that only an experienced Vista traffic crimes lawyer can provide.
Serious driving crimes can be misdemeanors or felonies depending on the specific circumstances of the incident (such as whether or not someone was injured), the actual laws that were broken and whether or not the defendant has previous similar convictions on his or her record. Punishments may include massive fines, lengthy probation periods, mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device, incarceration and suspension of your driver’s license. For some offenses, such as racing or drug transportation, your vehicle may be seized and sold off by the State of California.
Road-Rage-Related Crimes in San Diego
It’s worth noting that while road rage is a common cause of vehicle-related criminal charges, it is not a crime in itself, but will instead be charged based on what occurred during the incident, which may include reckless driving, vehicular homicide or attempted murder. Assault with a deadly weapon is actually the most common road rage charge. This is a serious felony crime and if convicted of using a vehicle as a weapon, the penalties include a lifetime revocation of your driver’s license.
Police Don’t Need a Warrant to Search Your Car
Many people are stopped for a traffic violation like speeding or a driving with a broken tail light and then end up facing a misdemeanor or felony when the officer discovers drugs, concealed weapons, open alcohol containers or other illegal items inside the vehicle. Most people are surprised to find that the police do not need to have a warrant to search your vehicle and sometimes assume a warrantless search will result in the charges being dropped. While that is not true, it is true that if the police did not have a legal, reasonable suspicion to stop you or probable cause to search the vehicle your lawyer may be able to have the charges dropped.
This is particularly important because many crimes related to driving, such as carjacking, drug transportation, grand theft auto or car insurance fraud, can be successfully be fought if the police did not have legal grounds to stop or search your vehicle.
Contact a Traffic Lawyer in San Diego Now
Sentencing for these cases can be particularly severe, especially for dangerous crimes like those involving road rage, which is why it’s critical anyone charged with a criminal driving offense in Vista, California should call experienced traffic violation lawyers as soon as possible. Do not attempt to fight criminal driving charges alone under the mistaken assumption that because they are traffic related, they are no big deal. Alternative sentencing, including probation or community service, is often a sentencing option for driving crimes in San Diego, but it is often difficult to secure such sentences unless your traffic lawyer fights to help you secure the best results given the specific circumstances of your case.
How a Vista Criminal Traffic Defense Attorney Can Help
Your attorney’s knowledge of the law, sentencing guidelines, alternative sentence options and defenses to these types of crimes is critical when it comes to helping you obtain the best possible outcome for your case.
Defenses to Traffic Crimes in San Diego
In many cases the best option for those who have been charged with felony or misdemeanor traffic offenses in Vista is to work out a plea bargain to minimize their sentence. But in some cases, you might be able to fight the charges altogether, especially if you were illegally stopped or your rights were otherwise violated. For example, just flipping off the police without violating any other laws is not enough to justify a traffic stop.
Alternatively, if you were driving recklessly due to a genuine medical emergency, that is a defense that can fully justify the crime, but you must be able to prove the emergency was real and was sufficiently serious. It is important to not attempt to mount any of these defenses without first talking to a San Diego traffic defense attorney as it is easy to accidentally say something that can destroy your defense.
How Peter Liss Can Help You
- Keeping you updated on the status of your case at all times
- Providing advice on things that may help your case such as seeking out an alcohol treatment program
- Securing reduced bail so you can be released from custody as soon as possible
- Collecting evidence to support your defense
- Fighting your license revocation at the DMV hearing by presenting evidence on your behalf
- Working with you to determine the best possible defense for your specific situation. This will vary based on your circumstances, but may include illegal stops or searches, proof that you were not driving or mistakes on behalf of the officer who arrested you.
- Filing motions with the court such as suppressing evidence obtained through rights violations such as illegal searches, which may result in your case being dismissed, the charges being reduced or your being found innocent in trial
- Using the strongest possible defenses for your situation while working to negotiate for the best possible plea bargain or while representing you in court during a trial. You will usually not need to appear in court when facing misdemeanor charges
- Attempting to minimize your sentence or to secure alternative sentences such as treatment programs, ankle monitors or community service
About San Diego Traffic Defense Lawyer Peter Liss
Aside from offering you the most effective representation to ensure you get the best possible outcome for your case, Mr. Liss also can assure you will receive personalized attention since he personally handles every case that goes through his doors. He has over 35 years of experience and graduated from the top-rated University of California, Berkeley Law School.Peter Liss offers 24 hour live-answering services and provides immediate, courteous responses to all inquiries. You can schedule a free initial consultation at his office, which is located directly across the street from the Vista Courthouse and Jail and offers free parking.