Welcome to the online home of the Law Offices of Richard A. Meyer. Modesto's criminal defense attorney, responsible for protecting clients and guaranteeing their rights in the court of law. The office focuses primarily on all areas of criminal defense law. Richard A. Meyer is an aggressive attorney who will fight for you.   

Modesto criminal defense lawyer Richard A. Meyer proudly represents clients from:

      •    Stanislaus County
      •    Merced County
      •    Alameda County
      •    Mariposa County
      •    San Joaquin County
      •    Tuolumne County
      •    Calaveras County
      •    Amador County

If you drink, designate a driver - If you get arrested, designate the Attorney Rick Meyer, aggressive and professional Modesto criminal defense lawyer.

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I believe there are more innocent Californians, convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol than any other crime.  That is because our state lawmakers, under pressure from the federal government, have essentially concluded that each and every one of us is “impaired”, if we have a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or more by weight.  This simply is not true for everyone.

The problem is that the DUI laws do not take into consideration an individual’s tolerance to the effects of alcohol.  Some individuals may be not be “under the influence of alcohol”, even if their blood alcohol level is greater than 0.08 percent by weight.  Tragically for those individuals, and for all tax paying Californians, if they are arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, and a chemical test shows 0.08 percent by weight or more, they will be prosecuted and punished at great personal expense, and at the expense of California taxpayers.

Another issue in DUI cases, is the ephemeral nature of an individual’s blood alcohol level at any given moment.  The law allows a “permissible inference” that a driver’s blood alcohol level, within three (3) hours of the driving, is the same as when the driver is actually “driving!”.  This is very highly, unlikely to ever be the case.  The truth is that, an individual’s blood alcohol level could be increasing with time (rising), decreasing with time, fluctuating with time, or remain unchanged for a period of time (plateau-ing).  When a chemical test is obtained by an officer during the course of a DUI investigation, the driver is obviously not operating a vehicle at that moment, thus the driver’s blood alcohol level at the time of the chemical test, may not be the same as it was at the time of driving.  The prosecutor must prove that the driver was either impaired because of alcohol and/or drugs, or that the driver was over the legal limit AT THE TIME OF DRIVING.

For these reasons, it is imperative to seek professional and aggressive legal representation, in order to determine what defenses may be available to you. I am a competent and knowledgeable trial attorney, who will vigorously defend you whether you are facing misdemeanor, or felony charges.  I am here to give you the best possible outcome in your case. Without proper representation, you could lose your license, your job, and even go to jail. I strive to get the most reasonable outcome that will satisfy your needs, not the needs of the prosecution. I  have helped hundreds of people reduce their penalties and in many cases, be found innocent all together.

By contacting us, you are not forming an attorney-client relationship. The only way to establish an attorney client relationship is to sign a written retainer agreement, and comply with its terms.

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Law Offices of Richard A. Meyer

2813 Coffee Rd Ste E-1
Modesto CA 95355

Phone: 209-529-1112
Cell: 209-613-3378
Fax: 209-758-0145

Se Habla Español


Business Hours:
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
By appointment after hours and weekends