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Stephan J. Johnson

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I firmly believe that every individual I represent deserves to have a voice in the criminal justice system.

After you are arrested on suspicion of DUI, you face a battle on two fronts: one in criminal court and one against the DMV.

Southern California has a car-based economy, and without a drivers license, it is practically impossible to earn a living.

Traffic Violations can have major implications on your finances and capability to sustain employment and income.

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Ontario DUI Lawyer | Driving Offense Attorney

Ontario DUI Attorney and Driving Offense Lawyer Stephan Johnson has been representing clients in DUI cases for over 20 years. If you have been arrested for drunk driving, it is critical to obtain the legal guidance of an experienced DUI lawyer who has the knowledge and experience to fight these charges.

Whether this is your first drunk driving arrest in California, or you have had prior DUI convictions, Ontario DUI Lawyer Stephan Johnson will provide an aggressive legal defense. In DUI and driving offense cases, Mr. Johnson will work as quickly as possible to save your driver’s license and protect your freedom.

DUI cases in California are complex because you will be fighting for your rights in the criminal court while also fighting to keep your driving privileges at the DMV hearings. Criminal Defense Attorney Stephan Johnson is a sole practitioner who will personally handle every aspect of your case, never giving your case to a less qualified paralegal or attorney.

Call our Ontario Criminal Defense Firm today and schedule a free consultation with DUI Attorney and Driving Offense Lawyer Stephan Johnson. Call (909) 476-1455. Mr. Johnson will listen to your concerns, answer questions, and help you understand the charges and potential ramifications of this serious situation. He will work with you to develop a sound legal strategy crafted to resolve the situation with the least possible consequences for you.

Mr. Johnson values the relationship he builds with his clients. He takes pride in answering the phone and returning client inquiries in an appropriate timeframe. He also keeps clients informed as developments occur.

DUI Attorney Representation in California

Ontario DUI Lawyer Stephan Johnson has extensive experience with DUI defense cases, and he will ensure that you understand the personal, financial, and legal aspects of your case. He will build a strong defense to protect your rights.

Sentencing for a drunk driving conviction in California is based upon several factors, including:

Penalties for DUI are severe, and may include:

As an experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer, Stephan Johnson understands the urgency of the situation you are facing. He will fight aggressively because he knows a conviction on a DUI charge will cause your automobile insurance rates to rise, and it may hinder your chances at future employment. As a DUI Lawyer serving clients in Ontario and throughout Southern California, Mr. Johnson is dedicated to helping you fight your DUI charge.

Driving Offense Lawyer for Ontario

For individuals who have been charged with criminal driving offenses, Criminal Defense Attorney Stephan Johnson will provide an aggressive legal representation to protect your rights. These charges include driving on a suspended license, reckless driving, and hit & run.

Call Ontario Attorney Stephan Johnson for a Free Consultation

DUI Attorney and Driving Offense Attorney Stephan J. Johnson has helped resolve criminal cases since 1992, achieving fair and reasonable outcomes through personal representation. When you or your family member has been arrested or accused of committing a criminal act, you need a skilled and experienced criminal defense attorney on your side. Call (909) 476-1455 to arrange for a free consultation. We can also be reached online through our Case Evaluation Form.

In addition to DUI and Driving Offenses, Criminal Defense Lawyer Stephan Johnson represents clients against the following charges: assault & battery, drug charges, and theft crimes. We can also be of great assistance if you are facing a probation/parole violation or are looking for an expungement of a prior conviction.


What is a DUI?

A DUI is a criminal charge of Driving Under the Influence. This charge alleges the driver was operating a motor vehicle with altered senses due to alcohol, prescription medications or other drugs. Also referred to as “drunk driving,” this is when a person reaches the legal limit of intoxication. In such a state of impairment, the law states that a person cannot safely drive.

Driving under the influence is dangerous. An accident can happen that might injure the driver, passengers, and occupants of other vehicles, pedestrians or any people in the vicinity. A motor vehicle can become a heavy destructive object when it is not controlled effectively by the driver. An officer can pull over the vehicle when there is probable cause that the driver may be impaired. If the driver has .08% or more of a blood alcohol content, the driver can be arrested for DUI.

What are Field Sobriety Tests?

If an officer has probable cause to believe the driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the officer can pull over the vehicle and ask the driver to perform certain tasks. These simple maneuvers are designed to identify drivers who present a danger behind the wheel. These tests must be administered accurately by law enforcement. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recognizes three tests as being particularly effective in DUI stops: horizontal gaze nystagmus test, walk and turn test, and one-leg stand test.

During the horizontal gaze nystagmus test, the officer asks the driver to use their eyes to follow a horizontally moving object. Distinct jerking eye movements may indicate impairment. The walk and turn test requires the driver to walk in a certain manner and turn on one foot. Improperly following directions and an inability to balance may indicate the driver is under the influence. The one-leg stand test has the driver keeping one foot off the ground for a prescribed amount of time. Using arms for balance or putting the other foot down may mean the driver has reached the legal limit for intoxication.

What are the Consequences of a DUI?

The consequences for a DUI can be severe and include short-term and long-term penalties. Fighting the DUI may help minimize the consequences. In California, a DUI arrest can result in adverse actions from two separate government entities: the criminal court system and the DMV. A DUI arrest can result in a license suspension. A DUI conviction can result in increased time of the license suspension or revocation, hefty fines and fees, community service, alcohol education programs, jail time or probation.

Each case is different and the consequences are determined by the details of the case. Other factors that determine penalties for DUI cases involve the age of the driver, whether other laws were broken, and if injuries or fatalities occurred when the driver was under the influence.

Is DUI a Criminal Offense?

Driving Under the Influence is a criminal offense in California. Drunk driving laws in this state also refer to driving under the influence of drugs. If the driver is found to be operating a vehicle while exceeding the legal limit for intoxication, criminal charges can be filed against the driver. DUI can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the severity and details of the case.

Many times there are mitigating or aggravating circumstances that affect the charges against a driver. A mitigating circumstance may lessen the consequences. This would include the defendant completing a court-approved DUI education program. Aggravating circumstances may result in additional charges for the driver. For example, if the driver were speeding or driving recklessly, the driver could receive a harsher sentence.

What Happens at a DMV Hearing?

After an arrest for DUI, you have the right to a hearing at the DMV to address the status of your driver’s license. This means that you must request the hearing quickly or your license may be automatically suspended. The purpose of the DMV Administrative Hearing is to examine the circumstances of your arrest and determine whether you will continue to have driving privileges. You may have an attorney at the hearing to fight for your rights.

At this hearing, they will look at whether the officer had legal grounds to pull over your vehicle. They will look at which test was used to determine your blood alcohol content level, and they will look to see whether you were lawfully arrested. It will ultimately be decided whether your license will be suspended.

Will DUI affect my Employment?

A DUI can affect your employment in different ways depending on your type of work. If you have earned a professional license, your case may need to be addressed by the licensing commission. For example, police officers, physicians, attorneys, nurses, pilots, and others with professional careers may be called before their particular licensing board and adverse administrative action may result. If you are a truck driver, delivery driver or rideshare driver, your ability to make a living may be in jeopardy.

Because the criminal conviction stays on your record, a DUI may also affect your ability to gain future employment in certain fields. DUI Attorney Stephan Johnson recognizes the severity of your situation when you depend on driving as your livelihood. He can help you fight the DUI charges with the goal of making this occurrence less of a negative impact on your life.