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San Diego Criminal Attorney

As a former prosecutor and experienced criminal defense attorney, Attorney Jay S. Finnecy brings a unique perspective to every case he handles.  Mr. Finnecy’s knowledge of the day-to-day functioning of the district attorney’s office and his understanding of how cases are reviewed and evaluated for prosecution allows him to more effectively protect your interests than other attorneys.  If you have been arrested for a crime or believe you are under investigation by law enforcement, contact San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney Jay S. Finnecy immediately to protect your rights and your future.

The consequences of a criminal prosecution and potential conviction are devastating.  Simply being charged with a crime makes it difficult to pass the background checks required by most employers today.  An actual criminal conviction can make it impossible to find a job and can lead to the loss of driving privileges, the right to vote, and the right to own and possess firearms.

San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney Jay S. Finnecy can help you with your case.  Mr. Finnecy personally handles every case and you will receive his personal attention and professionalism every step of the way.  Mr. Finnecy will review your case carefully and explain all possible defenses to you.  Mr. Finnecy will also advise you on the best strategies to successfully resolve your case and avoid jail.  Mr. Finnecy uses his relationships and good reputation with prosecutors and judges to the benefit of every client he represents.  Most importantly, Attorney Jay S. Finnecy will give you an honest and accurate assessment of your case and potential outcomes.  Mr. Finnecy will not make hollow promises—he will give you the straight scoop regarding your case and what you can expect to happen.

Attorney Jay S. Finnecy handles all types of criminal matters and restraining orders.

Facing criminal charges is scary.  The criminal justice system can be intimidating and confusing.  Possible consequences of a criminal conviction include the loss of your freedom, loss of your job, and the loss of you reputation.  You driver’s license may be suspended, you can lose the right to possess firearms and even the right to vote.  In some instances you may be required to register as a sex-offender.

The prosecution is represented by well-trained attorneys and the resources available to law enforcement are almost unlimited.  YOU NEED HELP.  Experience Counts when it comes to hiring an attorney to handle your case.  Put my experience to work for you!  I will personally handle your case and will expertly guide you through the process until your case is concluded.

San Diego DUI Attorney

Are you looking for a San Diego DUI attorney? You have come to the right place. Jay Finnecy is a criminal defense attorney based in San Diego and has the expertise and knowledge to successfully handle both State and Federal criminal defense cases. Many of Mr. Finnecy’s cases have garnered a lot of interest in various news outlets, including FOX, CNN, CBS, ABC and NBC.

When it comes to DUI cases, Mr. Finnecy believes in aggressive representation to ensure his clients get the best possible outcome. This is the reason why professionals, executives, elite and international clients all prefer to retain the services of Jay S. Finnecy and his Law Office.

Why Use the Criminal Defense Law Firm of Jay S. Finnecy

Whether you are a first time offender or facing felony drunk driving charges, you rely on the skill of Mr. Finnecy to offer superior and dedicated defense. As a specialist San Diego DUI lawyer Mr. Finnecy is aware it can be extremely embarrassing to be charged with a DUI. At times, this can wreak havoc in your professional life and devastate it. During events like these, you require an attorney who will take the bull by the horns, so to say, and offer helpful advice on how to beat the charges rather than lecturing you about drinking and driving. What you will find at our firm is exactly what you can come to expect from a knowledgeable and aggressive law staff when using the Law Office of Jay S. Finnecy to defend your case. With a wealth of experience in successfully handling innumerable DUI cases, Mr. Finnecy is well placed to offer you his skill and expertise to resolve your DUI case to your satisfaction.

Fight for Your Legal Rights

You are well within your rights to fight the DUI charges as well as the loss of your driver’s license, which is automatically suspended by the DMV. This situation can affect your personal and professional life profoundly and that is why you require a dedicated and experienced San Diego DUI attorney, who can alleviate the repercussions you are facing.

At the Law Office of Jay S. Finnecy, you can rest easy knowing all the facts pertaining to your case will be carefully analyzed to come up with a defense plan that best suits your situation. In such cases, the DUI attorney will be facing the government and law enforcement and we are proud to state Mr. Finnecy and his staff are successful veterans in taking on the government. He brings along years of experience and this makes him an expert in knowing and understanding your rights and the laws that oversee how law enforcement should deal with private citizens like you.

We firmly believe in taking cases to trial as such cases can’t be won without a trial. So in turn, all DUI cases are prepared for trial. It has also been observed that a good deal is next to impossible if the prosecutor thinks you will not take a case to trial. Mr. Finnecy has been successful in getting some of the best verdicts for DUI cases – hung juries, not guilty and even dismissal of cases. You too can possibly achieve such a verdict for your DUI case, as well as other cases involving grand theft, carrying of loaded firearm, possession of marijuana, ecstasy and/or cocaine and evading an officer.

Peace of Mind

If you are facing DUI charges, let skilled San Diego DUI attorney handle your case. Regardless of how tough or difficult the situation appears, we are there to fight for your right and freedom. This will give you peace of mind knowing there is a DUI lawyer who has the wherewithal to handle your DUI case effectively and efficiently.

Call us today for a free consultation. Don’t waste a moment contemplating your decision.

Arrested for DUI in San Diego?

If you are arrested for drunk driving, be prepared for a complex and long procedure. Many questions will race through your mind. Some of the questions that you’ll be asking yourself include:

• Will my driver’s license be suspended?
• Will I get a jail sentence?
• What is a DMV hearing?
• Will I be able to beat a San Diego DUI charge?
• Is it prudent to hire an attorney?
• What will I face during the arraignment process?

While these questions will be flooding your mind, it is crucial you first understand what your rights are before you appear in court. That’s why you need the expertise and skill of an experienced San Diego DUI lawyer.

At the Law Office of Jay S. Finnecy, you’ll never feel you are just another case. One of our premium drunk driving attorneys will make sure all your questions are clearly answered and doubts laid to rest. We will always give you sufficient time and even discuss the various defenses to achieve the best possible result regarding your specific case.

Below please find some of the information that you should know about the DUI process followed in the State of California. Please read through and review our website as well as our informative blog for more information on San Diego DUI. Feel free to contact our San Diego DUI Law Office to set up a free consultation, so that our San Diego DUI attorney can discuss your requirements and offer advice that is specific to your case.

The DUI Arraignment Process

Once you are arrested for a DUI you will make your first appearance in court, this is known as the arraignment. During this appearance, the charges the prosecution is bringing against you will be read out in court and you will get the opportunity to plead guilty or not guilty. You also can enter a no contest plea.

It is during the arraignment that you should enter a not guilty plea if you intend fighting the DUI charges. When this is done, the court will set a date for your trial.

For most people, an arraignment can be frightening and intimidating, particularly if you are being arraigned for the first time and without knowledgeable legal representation. With our San Diego DUI attorney at your side, you will feel more relaxed knowing an expert is with you to help with the arraignment and also advice you on your rights.

Avoid Losing Your Driver’s License

If you are arrested on a DUI charge, the law enforcement can confiscate your driver’s license and issue you a temporary license or notice of suspension. If this happens, it will take 30 days for the suspension to go into effect and you face the prospect of losing your driver’s license for six months or more even if this is your first DUI offense.

In case you refuse to take the Breathalyzer when you were arrested, you face the risk of losing your driver’s license up to a year for the first DUI offense.

If you have previous DUI convictions the law gets tougher and your license can be suspended anywhere from two years to 10 years.

A point to note is your license stays suspended by the DMV even if the DUI charges against you are dismissed or reduced. You can challenge this DMV suspension by filing for a DMV hearing. However, it should be done within 10 days of your arrest. This is where you require an experienced and skilled San Diego DUI attorney who can represent you at the hearing and help you get back your license.

Getting a DMV Hearing

You should get in touch with the Driver’s Safety Office at the DMV within 10 days of being arrested and request for a DMV hearing. If you don’t request for this hearing within 10 days, you are waiving your right to the hearing and accepting the DMV suspension. So, it’s imperative you request the hearing as quickly as possible.

We know how devastating it can be to lose your driver’s license and this loss will adversely affect all spheres of your life. As an experienced DUI criminal law firm, we will represent you at the DMV hearing and defend your rights with all our expertise. We are known to challenge any evidence that is placed on the table and come up with an aggressive defense to possibly get the suspension revoked.

Penalties for DUI

In California, penalties for DUI are tough and stringent. If you’re arrested on a DUI charge, you face the prospect of jail time, suspension of your driver’s license and heavy fines and fees.

Even if you’re a first time offender, the penalties are severe and include up to 6 months jail time in a county jail, loss of driver’s license for 6 months, 3 to 9 months of alcohol classes, and fines and fees of up to $2,000. In the case that you have had a previous DUI offense in the last 10 years, your penalties will be much higher.

Avoid DUI Charges in San Diego with Our Experience and Expertise

A prosecutor may feel they have an airtight case against you. However, there are several types of defenses to fight DUI charges. Some of the defenses that our San Diego DUI attorneys have used successfully to beat DUI charges include:

• No probable cause to stop the vehicle initially
• Administrative mistakes in the blood and breath tests
• Violating Miranda rights
• Complete lack of evidence
• Illegal arrest
• A driver did not appear under the influence when the field sobriety tests were performed

You can rely on the Law Office of Jay S. Finnecy to defend your rights and freedoms diligently and ensure you get the best outcome possible. We will advise you on the best defense to beat the California DUI charge. The most important factor is that time is of the essence and any decision you take should be done immediately. It is only then you can expect to achieve a positive outcome along with the help of our highly experienced San Diego DUI attorney.

To discuss your case and the possible defense strategies, contact us and get a free DUI consultation today!


 Worked with Jay on other Criminal Cases

Mr Finnecy is a great attorney in North County San Diego. I have worked with Jay on several criminal cases and I can say he is someone you want on your side.

- Ross Law Center -


 There Is No One Better Than Criminal Defense Attorney Jay Finnecy

Jay came highly recommended from a close lawyer friend. Our friend didn’t specialize in the type of problem we had…. domestic violence and drug charge, so our friend did a lot of research to find us a lawyer he trusted and was confident would help us through our serious problem. This was the first time…

- Jen, a DUI Client

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Law Offices of Jay S. Finnecy


Law Offices Of Jay S. Finnecy
7676 Hazard Center Drive Suite #500
San Diego, CA 92108
Tel: 619-855-3003

Law Offices Of Jay S. Finnecy 

380 S Melrose Dr Suite #363
Vista, CA 92081
Tel: 760-522-7006