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If you have been charged with a felony or misdemeanor offense crime, do not wait to contact the experienced attorneys of Ahmed & Sukaram.

A misdemeanor charge can quickly be amplified to a felony in certain situations, which can result in dramatic changes to your future. Most felony convictions can result in years in prison, steep penalties, and a lifelong criminal record that must be disclosed to future employers. Additionally, felony convictions may affect your ability to vote in national elections. It is important, then, to carefully defend any crime you are charged with since any future conviction could lead to enhanced sentencing if you have a prior conviction, even if it is in relation to a relatively small offense.

Additionally, our firm expertly handles juvenile cases, including juvenile delinquency, school suspensions, school expulsions, and more. If your child has been charged with any type of crime, contact our office as soon as possible for a free initial consultation.

Our firm has a proven track record and has been recognized by many different legal publications in its defense of clients, ranging from low level misdemeanor offenses (such as drunk in public) to violent felonies (such as murder).

We handle restraining order defenses such as civil harassment, domestic violence, and elder abuse, and are one of the only Northern California attorney firms recommended by the National Rifle Association. We will defend your right to legally bear firearms under California law.

Our firm is a one stop shop for all criminal offenses and has an established record, taking more than 50 cases to trial. Do not entrust your future to an attorney who has not had the level of experience your charge requires.

An arrest due to any crime is a serious situation, but can be further heightened due to California’s three strikes sentencing law. This law says that if you have received a prior felony conviction and are convicted of a second felony, you may face a prison sentence which is twice the term otherwise provided for the crime; if this is your third felony conviction, you will face a state mandated prison sentence of 25 years to life. While Proposition 36 altered the three strikes sentencing by requiring the defendant to be convicted of a serious or violent felony with two or more prior strikes in order to qualify for the 25 years to life sentencing, our firm will work tirelessly to ensure you do not receive the first strike of a felony conviction to begin with.

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My client was accused of driving with a .13/.14 blood alcohol concentration. Additionally, it was alleged that he was driving under the influence of prescription medication. My client denied having consumed any amount of alcohol. Furthermore, he asserted that he suffered from vertigo and that he explained his poor performance on the field sobriety tests. We set his case for trial. Day of trial dismissal.


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Criminal and DUI Defense Lawyers

If you or a family member have been arrested on suspicion of a crime in the San Jose area, contact our office today for your initial free consultation.

DUI Defenses are one of our firms’ specialties, and we have assisted numerous clients with their DUI defense.

DUI penalties can have a lasting impact on your criminal record and driving record, and unfortunately are some of the most common arrests which California citizens face. At Ahmed and Sukaram, we focus a large portion of our efforts on DUI defense. Our esteemed attorney Nafiz Ahmed is a certified instructor on the administration of Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, and will work closely with you to protect your ability to drive and retain a clean criminal record. DUI defenses hinge largely on sobriety testing, and our attorneys will go through each fact of the arrest in establishing your defense.

It is extremely important that you treat every offense, whether a low level misdemeanor or a violent felony, with the appropriate level of legal attention it deserves. A conviction will impact the rest of your life; it vital, therefore, that you contact the experienced criminal defense attorneys at Ahmed & Sukaram. We have a proven track record in achieving positive results for our clients.

Since 2005, our attorneys have been working hard to defend their clients and have been recognized throughout the legal community for the work they have done.

Nafiz Ahmed has been selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star by the San Francisco Magazine and Super Lawyers. He has additionally been recognized as one of the Top 40 under 40 Criminal Defense Lawyers in California by the American Society of Legal Advocates. Nafiz Ahmed’s certification as an instructor on the administration of Standardized Field Sobriety Testing has provided him with a level of expertise which is crucial for many clients facing DUI convictions.

Shari Sukaram published a chapter on Juvenile Law in the book, Juvenile Criminal Defense Strategies. Her expertise and passion about juvenile crimes and juvenile delinquency has led to a number of positive outcomes for her juvenile clients. If your child has been arrested due to school suspensions, expulsions, or other juvenile crimes, Shari Sukaram will assist you in protecting their criminal record. A conviction at the age of 17 could have dire consequences on your child’s future, including his or her ability to get into college or maintain a job. Shari’s experience in juvenile crimes will help protect your child from facing an uncertain future.

Our firm understands the stress a criminal arrest can cause in your life and are here to alleviate the worry of criminal charges. We will shoulder the burden of the criminal charges and will work tirelessly to keep your record free of convictions. Our attorneys will keep you informed of your case’s progress through each step and will not rest before attempting every available argument.

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