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DUI/ Criminal Defense

Criminal Defense & DUI

Attorney Serving San Diego, La Mesa, El Cajon & Lemon Grove

In addition to working as a family law attorney, I provide legal representation in other key practice areas. I represent clients in La Mesa, Lemon Grove, El Cajon, and the surrounding San Diego communities. Trying to get the justice that you deserve can be difficult and complicated, which is why I make myself available to you every day of the week. When you work with my firm, you're more than just another case number to me. I take all of my cases personally and dedicate my efforts to providing you with the quality counsel and support you need.

I highly recommend that you call my office as soon as possible if you need counsel or guidance regarding:

  • A criminal investigation or allegations that you have committed a crime of any kind.
  • An arrest or outstanding warrant in your name.
  • Clearing your criminal record to get a fresh start.
  • A dispute or other issue that can be addressed in small claims court.

If you are unsure of whether you need an attorney, get your immediate questions answered by calling (619) 304-8499 – and make an informed choice regarding this important matter.

Arrested for DUI in La Mesa? Now What?

As a La Mesa DUI defense attorney, I understand the complexities of the law because I have represented hundreds of accused clients. Many of my clients have even come back to me for other cases or for an expungement in the future. When you come to me with your case, I will thoroughly read all reports, discuss what you believe happened when you were pulled over, and handle your case with caring, individual attention.

Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, even medication prescribed by your doctor, is a misdemeanor in California. These are usually viewed as less serious offenses with lower penalties, but individual circumstances may vary. In any event, if you are pulled over and arrested, it will still feel pretty serious.

If this is your first offense, you may face the following penalties:

  1. A year in San Diego County jail
  2. Probation for up to 5 years
  3. Assessments and fines of $1,600 to $2,300
  4. A mandatory DUI program for up to 9 months
  5. License suspension for 6 months to a year
  6. Installation of an Ignition Interlock Device in your vehicle for up to 3 years
  7. Penalties and higher insurance rates
  8. Additional penalties for "aggravating factors" such as higher BAC, causing an accident, reckless driving, having a minor in the car with you, and more

In addition, if this is your second or subsequent offense, there may be harsher punishments.

Anyone who has been through the justice system can tell you that any punishment for DUI convictions are not fun. Even a first offense or conviction can have serious personal, financial, and professional repercussions.

Offering Hourly Consultations - The Law Offices of Andrea Schneider

I conveniently offer phone consultations which are billed hourly. This gives you the opportunity to gain better insight into your situation and decide for yourself how to handle the matter and whether you need an attorney for the duration of your case, or only to advise you on one or two key matters. Or, if you are just looking for a quick consultation, then consider a free initial 10-15 minute phone consultation with me. Together we can find the best solution based on your needs and goals.

Give me a call today at (619) 304-8499 to learn more about my services and how I can help you.

Case Results

Take a look at my victories!
  • No Custody Client swerved and hit a parked car. Her blood alcohol content was a.30, over 3 times the legal limit.
  • Custody Granted My client has lived out of state for many years and the father was not allowing her to see her 2 children. After much negotiation we reached a very favorable written agreement an hour before our court hearing, and the Judge made it an order. Mom will now have her kids at her home for 4 weeks in the summer, every other holiday and get to talk with them privately as much as they want to talk. She will get to spend Christmas with her children in her home for the first time in 10 years!
  • No Death Penalty Our client and a co-defendant were accused of murdering 2 elderly people by beating them to death with metal rods. We pled our client not guilty by reason of insanity. He had been in and out of mental hospitals from the time he was 15 years old. The co-defendant was sentenced to the death penalty but we were able to negotiate with the Deputy District Attorney during trial and our client received life without parole instead of the death penalty.
  • Charges Reduced Client was having an affair and got pregnant. In a heightened sense of distress, my client decided it would be best for her and her 4 year old daughter to pass. She gave her liquid drain cleaner thinking she would die peacefully. She was going to then kill herself. Instead, her daughter started choking and coughing. My client snapped out of her emotional state and called for help. My client faced many years in prison. We negotiated with the Deputy District Attorney and she received a few years in prison.
  • No Custody Client got arrested for the first DUI, we resolved it and shortly after he got a second DUI. Residential program instead of custody, and volunteer work instead of public work service.
  • Appeal Our client was sentenced to death for the brutal murder of a young mom and her 4 year old daughter. After reviewing thousands of pages from the trial, interviewing witnesses and family members, we found some issues that had not been previously litigated and were able to get these issues sent to State Court.
  • Dismissed Client was charged with a battery against her husband. He called the police after she threw something and it hit him during a late night argument. She was sentenced to 3 years of informal probation. After 18 months we petitioned the Court to have her probation terminated our request was granted, her probation was terminated early and her case was dismissed.
  • No Actual Custody It was about 4 p.m. and my client had a fight with his wife. He decided to drink 1/2 pint of Vodka and hit the car in front of him and got arrested. He had a .12 blood alcohol content. This arrest was 2 years after a previous DUI conviction. So, he was still on probation. He could have done 90 days to 1 year in custody on this new DUI because of his probation violation. However, he received no actual custody: 96 hours of jail satisfied by CPAC-house arrest, 1 day of Public Service instead of 5, Fines at $50 per month and a no ignition interlock device ordered.
  • No Charges Filed My client slapped her husband after he pushed her and was “handsy” with her. He called the police and she got arrested for battery. He made various statements that were inconsistent and therefore no charges were filed.
  • No Custody Officer smelled alcohol, said she had slurred speech, red eyes and other symptoms of being under the influence. She had a blood alcohol content of .11 and did not pass the Field Sobriety Tests given by the officer. She had a DUI with 2 DUI priors. Her result was no custody, credit for time served when arrested, no public service and instead did volunteer work, fines at $35 per month, no ignition interlock device ordered and a fine reduction of $575 by client agreeing to do a program.

Professional Help When You Need It Most

  • I treat my clients like family, not case numbers. My clients get the personal attention that their case deserves.
  • When you call my office, you get me! You will not be handed off. I live and breathe your case and I will be with you every step of the way.
  • As a mother of two, I understand it is important to do what's best for you and your family. You can trust, I will do just that for you.
  • I truly care about my clients and am here to help them with any legal matter they are facing.
  • I have your best interest at heart and in mind. I will patiently listen to what you want, need and value.
  • We will strategize and develop a game plan that will help you achieve your goals all while staying within your budget.

Hear From Others
I Have Helped

  • The court sided in my favor and I owe this to Andrea.

    “I needed to meet with her and she saw me within a day of calling her. She actually answered the phone and some of my questions while at Disneyland with her kids. She also prepared me for the mediation.”

    Paulina

  • I left our appointment feeling empowered and capable of negotiating the divorce and child custody process.

    “She had genuine concern for me and my children at a time where it often felt like nobody was looking out for us. Andrea was also very flexible with scheduling and offered solutions on how to work with my budget.”

    Tori

  • Andrea was extremele helpful and did an excellent job!

    “I had an uncontentious divorce so thought I could do the paperwork myself, not the case. Andrea was willing to work with us in a way that worked well for both of us. She and her amazing assistant had to undo and redo much of what I thought I did right. They got our paperwork through the court system and took all the stress off of me. Andrea was kind, attentive, transparent, of high integrity and extremely effective. I would highly recommend her!”

    Barbara L.

  • I give her 10/10! Very satisfied client!

    “Andrea was very helpful. I texted her late last night and thought that I wouldn't get a reply until the next morning. She responded very quickly.”

    Former Client

  • I would give you 10 stars if I could!

    “Thank you Andrea for your amazing advice regarding my child support situation. I would give you 10 stars if I could!”

    Anonymous