A Criminal or DUI conviction can have major consequences ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ large fines, losing your drivers license and even jail time. If you or a loved one has been arrested, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side.
When you, a family member, or a friend is in trouble or going to trial, you have questions. Whether the trouble comes in the form of a misdemeanor, a felony, or actions against a professional license, you have questions. The Law Office of Joshua Kaizuka has the experience to answer your questions. We have helped thousands navigate the very complex and overwhelming process of defending against criminal charges and professional license revocations. Whether you need a lawyer familiar with the "lay of the land" in Sacramento, Roseville, Woodland, Davis, or other Northern California city, you can rely on our experience in cases ranging from driving under the influence (DUI) to serious felony cases. We know what works in the counties and agencies we cover and we have developed relationships with respected experts and investigators to help answer the questions that need to be answered in any case. Expert Legal Counsel In many cases, time is of the essence to preserve the status quo, meaning the ability to drive after a DUI or your ability to work and provide income for your family if your drivers license is revoked. Moreover, there may be an opportunity to preserve evidence or perform investigation to prevent a criminal filing or an action against a professional license. Serving Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado, Solano, Yolo, and Surrounding Counties The Law Office of Joshua Kaizuka knows what can work in the counties covered. What can happen in Sacramento, may not work in Placer, El Dorado, Solano, Yolo or other surrounding counties. We know what the worst and best case scenarios are short of going to trial. We know the experts to retain depending on the case. And, we know the local investigators best suited to your type of case. Don't Waste Time... Get the Legal Representation You Deserve! Mr. Kaizuka also knows that in many cases, there may be mental health or substance abuse issues, and we know the resources to mitigate or defend your case. If you, family members, or friends are in trouble, call us for a free consultation at 916.706.0678 to let us do the worrying and help answer questions you have.
2530 J Street
Sacramento CA 95816
Most misdemeanor DUI cases (experts, investigation and jury trials are extra) Most non-DUI misdemeanor cases (experts, investigation and jury trials are extra) Many felony cases through preliminary hearing (experts and investigation are extra)
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
I have vigorously and successfully represented well over one thousand clients from start to finish.
DUI Defense A driving under the influence arrest can be very traumatic. For most of our DUI clients, it is the first time they have had the traumatic experience of being arrested, going through the booking procedure, and having to sit in jail until they are released on a promise to appear or bailing out. We as lawyers explain and discuss the best and worst case scenarios because you need to know. Our first goal is to try and find a defense to get a dismissal. The next is to find a way to get some type of lesser charge or resolution. In the worst case scenario, to make sure that we can guide our clients through the process and make sure that all requirements of probation are complied with the least amount of stress and impact. The best case scenario is to not have a criminal case filed and the DMV not suspend your license at all. When that doesn't happen, obtaining all available evidence is absolutely essential, the sooner the better. Below is an outline of some of the basic things that need to be addressed when you are arrested for a DUI. However, each case is different and sometimes when it may seem like there isn't a lot that can be done to get a case dismissed or avoid a license suspension, without investigating and obtaining all available records, you never know. Sometimes what appears as a dead bang loser DUI case can result in a great outcome. Turning over all the rocks and looking at everything which can be obtained can make a difference! DMV Time Limits If you were arrested for an alcohol related DUI, one of the most important things we do is to help you preserve your right to contest the DMV administrative per se (APS) suspension of your privilege to drive. In order to do that, we must contact DMV Driver Safety to set a hearing within 10 days of the incident or being served a DS-367 (pink temporary license). Setting the APS hearing within the 10 days is usually a better way to go even if the officer failed to serve you the DS-367 and of course we can help figure out whether your situation is one of those unique ones where a hearing should not be set. An officer is supposed to take your license if he or she believes that your blood alcohol level was .08 BAC or higher but in some instances, there may be some type of mix up and he or she failed to do that or you may think you were not served the DS-367. However, just because you think you were not served the DS-367 and did not set a hearing, you may end up losing your ability to set an APS hearing and then lose your ability to drive 30 days after the incident without even realizing it. In essence, you can suffer an APS suspension before you even have your first court date because it is separate from any suspension that can result from a DUI conviction. Out of State Residents Arrested in California for a DUI If you are an out of state resident, visiting California and get arrested for a DUI things can get even more complicated. An officer is not supposed to take your out of state license, but he or she can serve you with the DS-367 (pink temporary license) which starts the California DMV APS process to revoke your privilege to drive in California. While you may think that not being able to drive in California is not a big deal because you can drive in your home state, it can have consequences later in your home state because there is an Interstate Compact agreement in forty five of the fifty state in the U.S. to honor license holds from another state. So, at your license renewal, your licensing authority will check the Interstate Compact computer system and you will likely have problems renewing your license! We have dealt with many out of state clients and have helped them get through the process so that their home state license remains valid. We can help guide you through the maze to stay on the road in your home state and what it takes to get the hold in California lifted.
With over a decade of legal experience, Joshua Kaizuka started as a Deputy Public Defender in Yolo County, then a few years as civil rights attorney, and back to criminal defense as a private attorney.
In addition to his legal work, Josh is on the board of various non-profit organizations including Asian/Pacific Bar Association of Sacramento (ABAS), ABAS Law Foundation. He also volunteers time for the Pro Bono 1983 Panel for the U.S. Eastern District Court, judging law school competitions, guest speaking/lecturing at local colleges, mentoring law students, helping homeless organizations, and pro bono legal work involving First Amendment issues.
Josh is a member of the California Public Defender's Association (CPDA), Criminal Attorney for Justice (CACJ), California DUI Lawyers Association (CDLA), Sacramento County Bar Association (SCBA), American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), National Asian Pacific American Bar Association(NAPABA), Asian American Criminal Trial Lawyers Association (AACTLA), and the Florin Japanese American Citizens League (Florin-JACL).
Bachelor of Arts in Government,
University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
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