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    Having earned 1,500 contributor points this year, we are pleased to present you with the Top Contributor Award.

    The prestigious legal rating service AVVO has consistently given Law Offices of Mark Deniz a "Superb" rating.

    Mark Deniz has been a member of the California State bar for over 11 years.

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    Due to his legal experience Mark Deniz has the privilege of serving on several attorney panels.

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    Mark Deniz has been named one of The National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys “Top 10” Attorneys.

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    Mark Deniz has consistently been named one of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers.

    Mark Deniz is a member of the prestigious National College for DUI defense and has completed its intensive summer session curriculum conducted at Harvard Law School.

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  1. AVVO Top Contributor

    Congratulations Mark!
    Having earned 1,500 contributor points this year, we are pleased to present you with the Top Contributor Award.

  2. reviews-avvo

    Congratulations Mark!
    Having earned 1,500 contributor points this year, we are pleased to present you with the Top Contributor Award.

  3. The prestigious legal rating service AVVO has consistently given Law Offices of Mark Deniz a "Superb" rating.

  4. Mark Deniz has been a member of the California State bar for over 11 years.

  5. Mark is involved with the San Diego Bar Association serving on its legal panel.

  6. Due to his legal experience Mark Deniz has the privilege of serving on several attorney panels.

  7. Mark Deniz is a top contributor on Avvo providing outstanding legal advice. Mark Deniz also serves on the Avvo Legal Panel. The only San Diego Criminal Defense attorney who is on the panel.

  8. Mark Deniz is a member of California DUI Lawyers Association.

  9. Nation's Premier | NACDA | Top Ten Ranking 2014

    Mark Deniz has been named one of The National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys “Top 10” Attorneys.

  10. Mark Deniz has been deemed by The Lead Counsel Rating for providing exceptional legal representation to individuals and businesses.

  11. The firm is a member of the better business bureau who ensures quality service for its clients.

  12. The National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 Trial Lawyers

    Mark Deniz has consistently been named one of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers.

  13. Mark Deniz is a member of the prestigious National College for DUI defense and has completed its intensive summer session curriculum conducted at Harvard Law School.

  14. Mark Deniz has received AVVO’s prestigious Clients’ Choice award

  15. Mark Deniz is a top contributor on Avvo providing outstanding legal advice. Mark Deniz also serves on the Avvo Legal Panel. The only San Diego Criminal Defense attorney who is on the panel.

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    Mark Deniz has proudly served as a member of the California state bar since 2003.

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    Mark Deniz has consistently been named one of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers.

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  19. Mark Deniz was recognized with the "Top Contributor" award by Avvo, which provides an open forum on which legal questions concerning DUI Defense and criminal law by qualified legal practitioners.

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Can you get a Escondido DUI for riding a horse? What to do when arrested for a Escondido DUI. DUI Defense Lawyer Attorney explains

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I was reading the article (see link below) where a man was arrested for allegedly riding a horse impaired.  Can someone get an Escondido DUI for riding a horse impaired?

The answer whether a horse is a vehicle is going to be litigated for certain. Knowing prosecutors, there is likely some animal endangerment charge the person will receive as well. 

There are some unique devices that I have seen someone can get an Escondido DUI if operating:

-Driving Lawn Mower=Yes

-Golf Cart= Yes

- Jet Ski=Yes

The key in any driving under the influence case is to review the facts and see if the prosecution can prove the elements of the case.  You can read about the horse case here.  You want to get the ball rolling on your case to examine the issues in your case.  Call the Law Offices of Mark Deniz APLC now at (858) 751-4384.

What to do when arrested for an Escondido DUI

When you were arrested, you likely received a pink slip of paper from law enforcement. This serves as your temporary driver's license because the police likely took yours. Your license is valid for 30 days from the arrest date. The pink slip also states you have 10 days to call the DMV/APS to contest the impending suspension.

It is advisable to find and retain an attorney within those 10 days to set your DMV/APS hearing. If you go with a public defender, he or she will not advise you on your DMV/APS. To me, the license suspension is one of the toughest consequences of a DUI.

It makes a lot of difference to have an attorney navigate you through the DMV process to get your driving privilege restored as fast as humanly possible. This is one reason (among many) why I recommend, if at all possible, not using a public defender. He or she cannot help you with the DMV issues. A proactive DUI attorney will use the DMV hearing to help the criminal side of the case.

If it is past the 10 days to set a DMV/APS hearing and your court day is coming up, my suggestion is to obtain an attorney as soon as possible to get you back on course.

Finding An Experienced, Proven Attorney

There are hundreds of San Diego DUI attorneys out there. As a former veteran prosecutor, I was able to come into contact and work with hundreds of them. I saw the good and the bad. After handling thousands of cases, I learned how best to approach a DUI case. To make it easy, I created a pre-hire checklist to make sure a prospective attorney qualifies as the right attorney for your San Diego DUI case.

Some considerations when hiring an attorney should be:

  1. Find one you are comfortable with (in the end this is most important).
  2. Make sure the fee setup is reasonable. Make sure you are not being charged "a la carte" style because it often ends up costing more than it should. I would also hesitate and review the "one cost for everything" charge. It usually ends as a windfall for the attorney. Make sure the attorney works with efficiency and discretion.
  3. Make sure the attorney is worth the cost of the services. Find an attorney who can answer "yes" on all (or almost all) of the pre-hire checklist.

Follow These Steps And Read The DUI Overview Section To Learn More

The DUI overview sections will give you a strong base knowledge of the aspects of a DUI case and what issues may pertain to your case. Once you retain an attorney, he or she should begin working on getting you the best result possible.

Also, make sure to speak with your attorney about terminating probation early and expunging your case. No matter the result, ultimately you want this charge off your record at the end of the rainbow.

Introduction To The DUI Process

There are two branches to a San Diego DUI case, including the DMV hearing and the criminal court process. These may run simultaneously and are entirely independent of one another. The Law Offices of Mark Deniz can represent you in both hearings.

  1. The legal process begins with the initial arrest. A law enforcement officer will typically make an arrest for DUI after observing erratic driving behavior, outward signs of intoxication and poor field sobriety test performance. The driver will then be arrested and taken to the police station, where he or she will be asked to submit to a breath test or blood test to determine his or her blood alcohol concentration.
  2. The DMV process: After a DUI arrest, a driver has only 10 days to contact the California Department of Motor Vehicles and schedule a DMV hearing to challenge the suspension of his or her driver's license.

The driver's first court appearance will be the arraignment, at which time the judge will inform the driver of his or her charges. The driver will also then enter a plea of guilty, not guilty or no contest.

After the arraignment, a DUI defense lawyer, such as attorney Mark Deniz, can file pretrial motions to suppress evidence, or similar actions that will be taken to build your defense. The prosecuting attorney may also offer a plea bargain at this time. A prosecuting attorney will try and convince you that he or she has an airtight case. This is not always accurate. You have many criminal defenses you can use to defend yourself from the DUI charge. A highly trained lawyer will be able to look at your case and choose the best defense possible. Each of our attorneys is dedicated to arguing your case and preventing a conviction.

DUI Charges

  • No probable cause to make the traffic stop
  • Mishandling of evidence on an administrative level (procedures involving breathalyzer and blood tests)
  • Individuals ability to pass field sobriety tests
  • Violations involving a person's Miranda rights
  • Illegal arrest or detainment
  • Not enough evidence to support the charge

The above defenses may apply to your case. If you have been charged with a DUI in San Diego, one of our experienced attorneys can evaluate your case and determine which defense is best suited to be used in fighting your charges. Any arrest is time sensitive. You should contact usimmediately after your arrest.

A Proactive Defense
Strategy For DUI Cases

PROTECT YOUR LICENSE

  • You have only 10 days to
    request a DMV hearing
  • Your license is valid for only 30
    days after your DUI arrest
  • The DMV hearing and the
    criminal case are separate
  • Make sure your attorney will
    handle both effectively

Final Step Of DUI Court Process

The final step in the DUI court process is the trial. Depending on the particulars of the case, you may or may not have a jury trial. Evidence will be presented to a jury who will make a decision of whether or not the prosecution has met the burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt.

For the aggressive, dedicated legal representation you need through the entire San Diego DUI court and DMV process, contact The Law Offices of Mark Deniz by email or by phone at 858-751-4384 .

I value your business and look forward to serving you with efficiency and discretion.

Hire a Proactive, affordable, and quality defense when you are facingSan Diego DUI charges. Whether you have been charged of a San Diego DUI, Poway DUI, Chula Vista DUI, La Mesa DUI, Santee DUI, Mission Valley DUI, Clairemont DUI, Point Loma DUI, La Jolla DUI, Carmel Valley DUI, Mira Mesa DUI, Pacific Beach DUI, Del Mar DUI, Encinitas DUI, Oceanside DUI, Ocean Beach DUI, Escondido DUI, Vista DUI, San Marcos DUI, Carlsbad DUI, El Cajon DUI, San Diego Expungement, San Diego Bench Warrant, San Diego Failure to Appear, San Diego Restraining Orders, San Diego Terminate Probation, San Diego Minor Possession of Alcohol, San Diego Probation Violation, San Diego Prop 47, Lakeside DUI, Lemon Grove DUI, National City DUI, Cardiff DUI, Rancho Santa Fe San Diego DUI, Rancho Bernardo DUI, Spring Valley DUI, Solana Beach DUI, Leucadia DUI, Golden Hills DUI, North Park DUI, Torrey Pines DUI, Eastlake DUI, Paradise Valley DUI, it is vital you need to hire an attorney who knows how to defend your rights and can determine if the government can prove their case. Contact the Law Office of Mark Deniz now for a free case evaluation at (858) 751-4384 or send an email to [email protected]

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