840 Hinckley Rd, Suite 101
Burlingame, CA 94010


  • The Law Offices of Paula Canny

Burlingame, CA, Defense Attorneys Fight DUI Charges

Aggressive representation challenges traffic stops and evidence collection

Despite frequent warnings on the dangers of drinking and driving, individuals continue to misjudge their capacity to enjoy alcohol without impairing their ability to drive safely. At The Law Offices of Paul Canny, we understand that, human nature being what it is, good people can make mistakes that land them in enormous trouble. We’ve also dealt with enough overzealous law enforcement to know that an innocent party can get swept up in a prosecution that takes on a life of its own. That’s why, for more than 30 years, we’ve fought vigorously for the rights of California drivers accused of DUI. We take a holistic approach, attacking the weaknesses of the prosecution’s case and emphasizing facts that exonerate our clients or argue persuasively for mitigation.

Attacking the prosecution’s case for DUI

A DUI conviction carries heavy fines, jail time and a lengthy license suspension. The penalties increase for repeat offenders. Our firm attacks the case against you in numerous ways, including:

  • Challenging the validity of the traffic stop
  • Challenging the existence of probable cause for an arrest
  • Challenging the collection, processing and storage of chemical specimens
  • Challenging the way forensic instruments have been maintained and calibrated

As your defense attorneys, we are committed to pursuing every legal means of introducing reasonable doubt.

Mitigation in a California DUI case

As experienced DUI lawyers, we know how to argue for a reduction in charges and/or sentencing. For first time offenders, it’s often possible to have charges reduced to reckless driving involving alcohol, also referred to as “wet reckless.” This option preserves your driver’s license. If the court insists on suspending your license, it is sometimes possible to get a limited-use license that will allow you to drive to work or school.

Managing your worst case scenario: a person is injured or killed

When accidents injure or kill people, DUI cases become exponentially more serious. For fatal DUI accidents, the common charge is vehicular manslaughter, carrying a penalty of up to 10 years in prison. But California does allow prosecution for murder in the second degree. Known as “Watson murder,” the charge comes with a penalty of 15 years to life in prison. In such cases, you need more than a traffic offense lawyer; you need a skilled criminal law attorney with experience in high-profile cases. That’s what you get at The Law Offices of Paul Canny.

Contact our Burlingame criminal defense attorneys to fight your DUI charges

If you’ve been arrested for DUI in San Mateo County or anywhere in California, you can count on The Law Offices of Paula Canny to fight aggressively to protect your rights. Put our proven holistic approach to work for you. Contact us online or call 650.652.7862 today to schedule a consultation.