Cody Salfen recently received advanced level training, from the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys, on how to use Mental Illnesses to Win DUI Alcohol and/or Drug Cases. Cody received training on how, unfortunately, drivers who suffer from mental illness(es) will be misdiagnosed by the arresting officer and wrongfully arrested for DUI alcohol and/or drugs. Officers are specifically trained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that individuals with mental illness may exhibit signs and symptoms very similar to those of an individual impaired by drugs and/or alcohol. Officers are also trained that these individuals may also be experiencing coexisting conditions of mental illness with drug impairment. Because officers rarely ask a driver, during a DUI investigation, if they suffer from mental illness, it is critical for an attorney to ask each and every client this question.
The American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys has compiled information from Judges, Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutors (the Top DUI Prosecutors in each State), DUI Prosecutors, current Law Enforcement Officers, former Law Enforcement Officers, and DUI Defense Attorneys to determine exactly what skills, knowledge, training, tools, resources, and strategies win the most DUI cases at trial and are also used to get DUI cases successfully resolved for the defense prior to trial.
When people need a DUI Attorney, the biggest challenge is knowing whether or not an attorney truly has the skills, knowledge, training, tools, resources, and strategies that are needed to successfully resolve and win DUI cases. Countless attorneys handle DUI cases. But, only a very small percentage have the skills, knowledge, training, tools, resources, and strategies that are needed to successfully resolve and win DUI cases.
Members of the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys have received advanced level training on the strategies that win the most DUI cases at trial and are also used to get DUI cases successfully resolved for the defense prior to trial. Members of the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys also have access to the resources and tools that are used to win and successfully resolve DUI cases and these are resources and tools that only a very small percentage of DUI attorneys have access to and use.
As a premier Northern California DUI attorney, Cody Salfen of The Salfen Law Firm has successfully represented individuals in a variety of criminal and administrative proceedings for clients facing charges related to allegations of driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. Cody is honored to continue his dedication DUI defendants by becoming a member of the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys.
Cody consistently receives among the highest ratings in the industry by his criminal defense clients – individuals from all walks of life who are routinely satisfied with the personalized legal representation they receive, the outcomes Cody achieves for them, Cody’s keen sense of fairness and justice, his acute attention to detail, and his legal and investigative background, training, education, and practical experience. Clients consistently provide five-star ratings and Cody received the 2017 Avvo “Client’s Choice Award” for his dedication to his criminal defense and DUI clients.
Among the wide array of criminal cases he handles, Cody’s past results have included securing complete dismissals of criminal charges for many of his clients, court ordered findings of factual innocence/exonerations in some cases, and a variety of other favorable negotiated case resolutions.
Cody recently prevailed in a DMV administrative proceeding for one of his DUI clients, thereby avoiding an automatic suspension of the client’s drivers license when the client was accused of a second DUI. The case stemmed from an allegation that the client drove with a blood alcohol concentration (“BAC”) of over 0.25% (over three times the legal limit) and was allegedly involved in a non-injury traffic collision. Cody achieved a win for his client at the DMV hearing by methodically analyzing the facts the case and the FST/Field Sobriety Test procedures that were administered by law enforcement. During this careful analysis, Cody discovered a subtle, yet major flaw in the arresting officer’s DUI investigation. Thereafter, utilizing the rules of evidence specific to California DMV hearings, Cody was able to successfully bring these factual issues and procedural flaws by law enforcement during the DUI investigation to light during the DMV Administrative Per Se hearing – ultimately resulting in the DMV hearing officer ruling in favor of Cody’s client and not suspending the client’s drivers license. After the DMV hearing, the victory in the DMV proceeding allowed Cody to leverage a much more favorable result during the separate criminal portion of the case – a case where the client was facing extremely stiff penalties and significant jail time due to a prior DUI conviction.
Another recent case involved one of Cody’s DUI clients who was initially arrested for a very serious DUI charge – felony DUI (DUI causing injury to another), an offense that carried a possible maximum sentence of up to three years in State Prison. The arrest resulted from the client allegedly driving with a blood alcohol concentration/”BAC” of nearly twice the legal limit, allegedly crashing into a parked car at a relatively high rate of speed, and one of the client’s passengers allegedly sustaining injury as a result of the collision. Cody successfully negotiated with the District Attorney’s Office and the District Attorney thereafter amended the charge to misdemeanor DUI (with no allegation of injury). The client was able to avoid a felony conviction, avoid the much more serious “DUI with Injury” conviction, avoid any actual jail or prison time, and avoid all of the personal, professional, and legal consequences a felony conviction and a “DUI with Injury” conviction would have entailed.
As a DUI lawyer, Cody understands and embraces the basic premise of our justice system that is all too often trampled upon, overlooked, and/or wholly ignored by prosecutors, jurors, judges, defense attorneys, and the like – that is, the presumption of innocence. All individuals accused of violating the law are innocent if and until proven guilty in a court of law. Just because someone is arrested for DUI or even charged with DUI, this does not necessarily mean they are guilty (and certainly doesn’t automatically mean that the government can actually prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the individual is guilty of DUI).
Cody’s DUI focused criminal defense practice includes serving clients facing a wide array of DUI/Driving Under the Influence related crimes and related administrative proceedings. This includes representation of DUI defendants in criminal cases and in the related California Department of Motor Vehicles (“DMV”) Administrative Per Se proceedings throughout California. Cody puts his past law enforcement and investigative experience to work for each and every individual he represents and this plays a monumental role in the cases where he has achieved exceptionally favorable results for DUI defendants. Among the DUI matters that Cody handles, this includes cases where clients are accused of violating one or more of the following
- DUI – Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol
- DUI – Driving Under the Influence of Drugs
- DUI – Marijuana DUI
- DUI with Injury
- Individuals Involved in DUI Related Traffic Collisions
- Multiple Offender/DUI with Priors (i.e. 2nd DUI, 3rd DUI, 4th DUI, etc.)
- DUI Probation Violations
- DUI Expungement/Record Clearance
- DUI – Factual Innocence Proceedings
- Misdemeanor DUI cases
- Felony DUI cases
- Drivers License Suspensions
- Application for Restricted License
Cody has been featured in multiple local, national, international news stories and has consulted with a number of high profile new agencies throughout the world. This includes appearances and/or features on the Discovery Channel/Investigation Discovery “Guilty Rich” series, NBC News, The Today Show, CBS National News, CBS This Morning, The Huffington Post, the Daily Best, The San Jose Mercury News, WNYC Public Radio, and numerous other media appearances. Cody maintains membership in a variety of organizations, including, but not limited to the CACJ – California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys, California Public Defenders Association, Santa Clara County Bar Association, California Association of Licensed Investigators, California Defense Investigators Association, Federal Bureau of Investigation InfraGard Program, Professional Investigators of California (past), and the National Council of Investigation and Security Services (past).
Cody offers free initial consultations, including for those facing DUI and related criminal charges. To learn more, visit www.SalfenLaw.com or call 408-724-9996 to schedule a free confidential consultation with DUI attorney Cody Salfen.
DISCLAIMER: This press release may contain attorney advertising. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. This information is intended to be used for general informational purposes only. The information contained throughout this press release is not intended to constitute legal advice and you should not rely on any of this information without consulting with a qualified attorney who can properly evaluate all of the facts and circumstances. Reading this press release does not constitute the formation of an attorney/client relationship. If you have any questions or would like to speak with an attorney, please contact Cody Salfen, Attorney at Law of The Salfen Law Firm – A Professional Law Corporation at 408-724-9996 or www.SalfenLaw.com
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Information in this news release is the opinion of the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys (AAPDA), and the use of the AAPDA logo, is the opinion of AAPDA that members have met AAPDA’s proprietary selection criteria. AAPDA does not guarantee or imply the competence level of any attorney, whether or not they are a member of AAPDA. When hiring an attorney, a person should personally contact the attorney and confirm the attorney’s skills, knowledge, training, tools, resources, strategies and other credentials. Any decision to hire an attorney should be based on a person’s satisfaction, after contacting the attorney, that the attorney hired is who they feel comfortable with and want to represent them. The specific outcome of each DUI case cannot be anticipated or guaranteed by AAPDA, or anyone else, as many factors can affect the outcome of each individual case.
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