Forest Wilkerson and Joshua Mulligan personally represent all our clients. Other defense firms, especially DUI defense firms, will have you meet with one attorney to make the sale, and then dump the case on an inexperienced and usually underpaid associate. This will never happen at our firm.
Forest Wilkerson and Joshua Mulligan are experienced and skilled DUI defense attorneys. They have handled hundreds of DUI cases ranging from from first-time misdemeanor charges to “Watson Murder” (DUI causing death). They have attended dozens of seminars related to driving under the influence cases and have worked hard to fully comprehend the science behind blood and breath testing.
Forest and Josh have a unified approach in handling the DUI criminal court case and the DMV APS hearing. Josh personally handles all DMV hearings and does hearings in person – not over the phone. Josh uses the DMV process to subpoena relevant discovery on a case before the first court date. In many cases this will include dashcam video or audio recordings made by police. The prosecution does not review any of this material before a case goes to court, and frequently they do not review video or audio evidence until a case is set for jury trial. This allows the defense to know the case cold before the prosecution has even given it a second thought.
Many people who are arrested for a DUI think that it’s best to just go to court, plead guilty, and move on with their lives because a police officer said that they were above the legal limit. This is the worst approach that a person charged with any crime can possibly take. First, if the officer didn’t have a legitimate, legal reason for the initial stop, the evidence should be suppressed. Without evidence, you’re not guilty of a DUI!
Second, were you even driving? Sometimes individuals choose to ‘sleep it off’ in their cars only to find themselves arrested for “driving” under the influence. Under these circumstances, people can feel pressured to plead guilty. You need to make sure your case is reviewed by a competent attorney to make sure that you are making the right decision under the circumstances.
Third, Forest and Josh understand the police procedures necessary to properly conduct a blood or breath test. They can advise you as to whether the tests were properly conducted and whether, under the circumstances, the tests are valid.
Fourth, Forest and Josh will do something the judge and prosecutor, and even many lawyers won’t do – they’ll listen to you. There are outside factors that can affect a test conducted by the police. When faced with a high blood alcohol level, many people just assume that the defendant is guilty. Forest and Josh will listen and counsel you to determine whether your particular health concerns or momentary circumstances at the scene can help with your defense.
Finally, Forest and Josh will tell you when you don’t need their help. Sometimes, it may be best to represent yourself, but don’t ever do so without at least consulting an attorney. If they think that they can’t help you with your DUI defense, they will tell you so that you don’t spend your time or money fruitlessly fighting an un-winnable case.
Read Wilkerson & Mulligan’s blog postings about DUI.
Wilkerson & Mulligan takes DUI cases throughout Southern California, with a focus on Riverside County, the Coachella Valley, and the cities of Banning, Beaumont, Desert Hot Springs, Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Indian Wells, Palm Desert, Bermuda Dunes, La Quinta, Indio, Coachella, Thermal, and Blythe.