Recognized DUI Defense
As a member of the California DUI Lawyers Association, Mr. Okin stays atop the current and coming topics and defenses for properly defending persons arrested for driving under the influence. Whether the accusation is alcohol, drugs (including prescription drugs), or a combination of both, Mr. Okin can provide the guidance and advice necessary to understand and to try to avoid conviction, incarceration, and the other collateral consequences from being arrested and accused of driving under the influence.
Mr. Okin has represented hundreds of clients both in court and in the department of motor vehicles administrative hearings. Mr. Okin has prosecuted these cases as well as giving him insight into how District Attorney prepares their cases and try to convince juries of your guilt. This gives him a distinct advantage over attorneys who have never practiced as a prosecutor.
In Mr. Okin’s most notable DUI trial, his client was charged with four counts murder for driving under the influence causing death (“Watson Murder” which is a second-degree murder allegation). At that time, his client had a prior felony evading and misdemeanor DUI conviction. In that case, there were four deaths and four separate allegations of murder and one allegation of driving under the influence causing injury to a fifth person. His client was looking at 63 years to life in prison. After a judge threw out an earlier plea bargain reached with another private attorney as being too lenient, and the defense a rejected new offer by the District Attorney of 16 years, 8 months in prison, Mr. Okin successfully convinced the jury to find his client Not Guilty of murder and Not Guilty of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence. As Mr. Okin’s argued to the jury, his client was convicted of four counts vehicular manslaughter with ordinary criminal negligence and one count of DUI with injury. His client was sentenced to 9 years, 8 months. Mr. Okin appealed that sentence as improper according to law; the Appellate Court agreed and the sentence reduced to 6 years 8 months. Time served in Fire Camp was one-third the amount of time before being released.
Mr. Okin is experienced with filing informal appeals and formal writs to the Superior Court to take on adverse findings by the Department of Motor Vehicles. Mr. Okin has negotiated with the Attorney’s General’s Office for the State of California and the District Attorney’s Office to prevent suspensions professional licenses for Registered Nurses and Licensed Vocational Nurses. Mr. Okin has attended the National College DUI Defense Seminar in Atlanta Georgia and he is well educated on Title 17 Requirements regarding the collection and handling of blood, breath and urine samples, and the National Highway Safety & Transportation Administration Guidelines for conducting Field Sobriety Tests. Mr. Okin regularly consults with the top forensic and accident experts to defend his clients.
Call today for your free evaluation and to see if our services would be of benefit to you or your loved one that has been arrested, accused or charged with driving under the influence.
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