Experienced DUI/DWI Defense for Paramedics in California
A DUI/DWI arrest is frightening. Not only can it lead to time behind bars and costly fines, it can also cost you your driver’s license, your job and even your professional license.
For California Paramedics, the consequences can be even more devastating.
The State EMS Authority vigorously investigates and severely disciplines ALL DUI-related accusations and the rules are very different than criminal court.
When a Paramedic has to go up against the EMSA, there’s no attorney provided, the rules of evidence are relaxed, in fact the Authority is not automatically required to turn over certain evidence against you; the presumptions of innocence is not necessarily guaranteed and, even if you have and win an Administrative trial to defend your Paramedic license, the EMSA is not required to abide by the Judge’s ruling.
Did You Know?
When a Paramedic in California is charged with DUI/DWI, three legal processes are set into motion:
- A criminal case involving the state court system
- An administrative process involving the Department of Motor Vehicles
- An administrative process involving the State EMS Authority
In most situations, the arresting officer will confiscate your California driver’s license and issue you a 30-day temporary license, often referred to as a pink slip. You have 10 days, after this point to request a DMV hearing. If you fail to do so, you risk automatic suspension of your license.
Shortly after the arrest or arraignment, you will likely receive a notice from EMSA requesting information and details about the incident. However, providing such information could jeopardize your Constitutional rights to remain silent and have an attorney present. More importantly, the information you provide can and likely will be used against you in court and in other proceedings.
As your lawyer, I will not only fight the criminal charge and work to get you back on the road as quickly as possible, I will communicate with EMSA on your behalf to preserve and protect your rights every step of the way.
Did You Also Know?
The arresting officer will probably ask you to take a roadside breathalyzer test and perform field sobriety tests, such as the “walk and turn” or “put your finger on your nose” test, in order to determine your blood alcohol level.
In California, if you are 21 or older and not on DUI probation, these tests are completely voluntary. The officer is not required to explain your right to refuse these roadside coordination tests and will most likely not tell you of your right to refuse.
If you refuse, you will likely be arrested. But, your license will not be automatically suspended and there will be significantly less evidence to use against you – and face it, you were probably going to be arrested anyway.
The chemical breath, blood, or urine test is not optional, however. Refusing the chemical alcohol test carries significant consequences.
Why You Need The Legal Guardian
Without the proper representation, a Paramedic can be quickly hit with stiff fines, severe restrictions, EMT-P license suspension, and even outright revocation.
Paramedic turned defense attorney, David J Givot, knows what it means to be a Paramedic because he became one over 20 years ago. He has handled numerous DUI cases and knows what your license means to you and he knows how to protect it.
Mr. Givot is a noted EMS/Legal lecturer around the United States and continues to teach the Medical/Legal curriculum for Paramedic students at UCLA’s Center for Prehospital Care.
As your attorney, Mr. Givot will be by your side in Criminal Court to make sure your rights are preserved and your case is managed toward the best possible outcome. He will fight for your driving privileges at the DMV. He will remain by your side throughout the EMSA investigation and disciplinary process to help ensure your rights and your future are never unfairly compromised. Visit The Law Office of David J. Givot.
With You Every Step of the Way
As your attorney, I will work directly with you. I will give you an honest assessment of your case, inform you of your options, explain the legal process as it applies to you and aggressively fight for you at trial, at the DMV, at the EMSA, and even at your employer.
24Hour Access, No Hourly Fee
Your attorney is available to you 24-hours a day, seven days a week. You never need to worry about racking up huge bills, because at the Law Offices of David J. Givot, there is never an hourly charge and the initial consultation is always free. With one flat fee*, your attorney will be by your side for every aspect of your case. Unlimited calls, unlimited court appearances, unlimited hours spent defending you!
I accept credit cards and am available for weekend/evening appointments. I represent EMS clients throughout California.
*Does not include outside costs, such as expert witness, private investigator, or forensic toxicology.