Our DUI Lawyers in Los Angeles convey of an expert defense team who are ready and highly skilled in defending you against prosecution. With over 20 years of experience in defending criminal offenses such as DUI, no case is too complex for our DUI attorneys in Los Angeles. We specialize in DUI offenses and we will give a thorough consultation and inform you of your rights and choices. It is your right to fight the charges brought against you by your DUI case. There is no need to stress out and be overwhelmed, when you have a whole team of specialist lawyers in DUI cases who are committed to help you.
Drunk Driving Can Ruin Your Life
A DUI conviction due to drunk driving can have a great magnitude on your life, including license suspension or revocation, jail time,probation, fines, and expensive premiums with car insurance, and more. Besides DUI conviction having an effect on your personal life, it can also have an effect on your work life. If you drive to work, you need to find alter transportation to and from work if your license gets suspended or revoked. If your job involves any driving, you could lose your job because most jobs that involve driving require clean driving records. If you are a professional licensee in the state of California or trying to become one, if convicted of DUI, you can get your professional license suspended or you can be disqualified from obtaining a professional license altogether. Depending on your circumstances, you can get your DUI charges reduced to a “wet reckless”; which is a reckless driving offense. Don’t let your life be ruined because of drunk driving, call us for a free consultation with an Attorney; we have the best Drunk Driving attorney in Los Angeles with 97% success Rate.
Know Your Rights When Stopped For DUI
If you are stopped at a checkpoint or pulled over, turn off the car, turn on the inside light, open the window halfway and place your hands on the wheel where the officer can see them. If the officer asks for your driver license, registration and proof of insurance, silently hand them to the officer. If the officer asks to look inside your car, you can refuse to consent to the search. If the officer has reason to believe your car contains evidence of a crime, however, your car can be searched even without your consent.
The driver and all passengers have the right to remain silent. At most, tell the officer that you are not comfortable speaking with him or her without your attorney present. If you are a passenger, you can ask if you are free to leave. If the officer says “yes, you can either continue to sit silently in the car or you can calmly and peacefully leave. Even if the officer says “no, you have the right to remain silent.
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Benefits Of Hiring A Former Prosecutor
As former prosecutors, our criminal defense attorneys have the credentials, experience, and knowledge of the courts of Los Angeles and Orange counties, successfully defending DUI offenders. When you retain our attorneys, you will have:
Strong advocacy – We explore all possible defenses based on the facts and the law, and present strongest arguments in a persuasive manner to the judge.
Mitigated consequences – An expert DUI lawyer can help you keep your driver license and keep a conviction from marring your permanent record.
DUI Lawyer Checklist
A DUI attorney will typically:
- Request DMV hearing.
- Appear in Court for you
- Examine evidence; conduct discovery
- Scrutinize breathalizer machine records
- Investigate conditions that may have caused a false BAC reading
- Investigate technical defects in case. Bring a motion to suppress
- Seek to have charges dropped or reduced. Negotiate with DA
- If necessary, prepare for trial
The above is only a partial list of typical events in a DUI case. The proper course of action in your case will depend on the specific circumstances.
Common Questions to DUI
Should I let a police officer give me a Breathalyzer test if I am pulled over?
If you are older than 21, you can decline a roadside Breathalyzer test or a Preliminary Alcohol Screening test (PAS) to measure your blood alcohol content (BAC). You are not required to take any other field sobriety tests, either. Because the results of these tests are notoriously inaccurate, it is best to avoid taking any tests before arrest. Whatever you do, remain calm and polite so you do not irritate the officer or arouse further suspicion.
After arrest, you must submit to a test at the police station. You have the right to choose among the methods of testing that are available at the police station. Breathalyzer and blood tests, and sometimes urine tests, are the options. If you are concerned that there may be illegal substances other than alcohol in your system, the Breathalyzer test is your best bet because it tests only for alcohol. Refusal to submit to testing after being arrested can subject you to additional penalties under California”s implied consent law. After you are arrested and tested, you have the right to have your lawyer present for any questioning by police or prosecutors.
Can the police search my car if I am pulled over for a DUI?
If there is no outstanding warrant for your arrest, police cannot search your car without a search warrant or your consent. So do not consent to a search, even if the officer attempts to goad or sweet-talk you into agreeing. You cannot be arrested simply because you do not consent to a search of your car. However, if the police officer has probable cause to believe your car contains evidence of a crime, the officer can search your vehicle without a warrant. For example, if an open bottle of alcohol or drug paraphernalia is plain view in your car, the officer has probable cause to search your vehicle.
What to answer when being pulled over and ask if I had been drinking?
By law, an individual is not required to answer any questions that could incriminate them. An individual is allowed to ask to speak with an attorney before answering any questions. If you do state that you have been drinking, you are putting yourself in a dangerous position.
What will happen if I refuse to take chemical test?
There are several penalties when an individual refuses to take one of the chemical tests:
- The suspect will receive a 1-year suspension of their license instead of the 4-month suspension. If it was the second offense within the last ten years, the license suspension will be 2-years. A work-restriction license option is available for those found guilty of driving under the influence, but that option will not be available if there was a refusal to take a chemical test.
- There is a mandatory jail sentence if the chemical test refusal was written in the complaint against the individual.
- The court and jury may see a refusal of a chemical test as a consciousness of guilt. Your defense could try other possibilities, such as a fear of needles or inability to register on the breathalyzer.
You can refuse to take the chemical test, but you must be aware of the heightened penalties you may receive for doing so.