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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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Custody Granted

    I successfully helped a client have his 15-year old daughter move into his residence. The child’s mother was against him having physical custody at first. After many negotiations, we were able to reach an agreement without having to go to court. We turned the agreement into a court order to officially conclude the case amicably.

  • Custody Maintained

    My client had a difficult time with arranging child custody with his child’s mother. The mother wanted their 12-year old son to start 6th grade at a different middle school than originally planned. The mother also wanted full legal and physical custody of the child, despite this not being a reasonable arrangement. We took the case to court and managed to secure my client everything he wanted out of the child custody arrangement, which included keeping his son at the middle school in his neighborhood.

  • Payments Reduced

    My client has been out-of-work for a while and his ex-wife was self-employed. When attempting to settle a child support agreement, there came many moments of dispute and disagreement in considering incomes and the child’s needs. My client had already been paying child support through the Department of Child Support Services (DCSS). We were able to arrange a hearing and — with the mediator’s help — reach a reasonable resolution that gives my client sufficient time to get back on his feet financially by decreasing his support for a specific time.

  • Divorce Settled

    I represented a client going through a particularly messy divorce. After much negotiation, we were able to reach a fair settlement without having to go to trial.

  • Divorce Finalized Finished a nasty divorce case in less than 6 months, which included the sale of the family home and division of assets and debts with much negotiation needed. Our judgment packet was filed with the Court, had no mistakes (they often find some reason to send paperwork back many times) and the divorce is final.
  • No Custody Client swerved and hit a parked car. Her blood alcohol content was a.30, over 3 times the legal limit.
  • 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.

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

  • I couldn’t have asked for a better attorney to help me.

    “First off I have to say Andrea is amazing. I live out of state and Andrea is willing to FaceTime me and give me great legal advice. She is very thorough and just genuinely cares about me and my case and is even willing to help me while on vacation.”

    Ashley O.

  • 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

  • I will be walking into mediation with my son's father feeling as prepared as possible.

    “I hired Andrea to consult me on a child custody case. She talked me through the whole process thoroughly and explained what you expect as well as how I can best present myself. I am grateful for her assistance.”

    Britney

  • I could not afford her to represent me, however, she was kind enough to charge me hourly and consult me.

    “She was patient, understanding, and very thorough. I feel very well prepared to submit my documents. I would highly recommend her expertise.”

    Alina

  • What a huge relief to know that Andrea had my back and would truly be MY champion.

    “She was very quick to respond to any of my questions and gave me just the right amount of support. She made me feel empowered during this divorce journey and helped me see that I could survive this ordeal with her by my side.”

    Dawn