Attorney Tips on Handling DUI Cases

8 TIPS TO CHOOSE A DUI ATTORNEY

August 11, 2016

How experienced is your attorney? Experience matters. Everything else being equal, A DUI attorney with more years of experience can be more helpful to your DUI case. With years of experience, a DUI attorney will be able to mount a more successful defense, when compare to someone who started his practice recently.   Look for a Local counsel. If you have already decided to go to trial, the attorney’s home office is less important then his trial skills. When trial is the strategy, look for an attorney with a successful trial practice. But, when you are attempting to settle the case, selecting an attorney who is not familiar with the prosecutors, judges and procedure at the court house can backfire. […]

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Unreliability of Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test during DUI stop

June 22, 2016

This article discusses Unreliability of Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test during DUI stop.  Click on the links below to go directly to your topic of interest. HGN: HORIZONTAL GAZE NYSTAGMUS NHTSA RESEARCH INTO HGN PROBLEMS WITH NHTSA HGN RESEARCH ADMINISTRATION OF HORIZONTAL GAZE NYSTAGMUS RECENT RESEARCH: HORIZONTAL GAZE NYSTAGMUS HORIZONTAL GAZE NYSTAGMUS STUDY HGN: HORIZONTAL GAZE NYSTAGMUS One of the most common crimes in Los Angeles county is a DUI.  If you are investigated for a DUI, the DUI investigating officer may ask you to submit to a series of filed sobriety tests.  The field sobriety tests are a series of tests that suppose to help an officer to determine if the driver is under the influence of alcohol.  The most […]

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California DUI and Nursing license. The Effect of a DUI conviction

June 15, 2016

This article discusses The Effect of a California DUI conviction on nurses’ professional license.  Click on the links below to go directly to your topic of interest. CALIFORNIA DUI AND NURSING LICENSE THE LAW FOR DUI AND NURSING LICENSE DISCIPLINE COURT INTERPRETATION OF DUI AND NURSES LICENSE CONSEQUENCES CAL BP 490 AND ITS EFFECT AFTER DUI FOR NURSES DUI AND NURSING LICENSE Getting arrested for a DUI can be very frustrating especially when evidence of intoxication is subjective.  Often, the prosecution is simply based on the observations of an impairment by a police officer.  Trying to do a field sobriety tests when you are being watched by a police officer can often end with a DUI arrest, even when you are […]

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PAPER LICENSE PLATES: REASON FOR A POLICE STOP

March 30, 2016

In this article, Los Angeles DUI Defense Lawyer discusses PAPER LICENSE PLATES: REASON FOR A POLICE STOP.  Click on the links below to go directly to your topic of interest. POLICE STOP AFTER A VEHICLE CODE VIOLATION IS HAVING PAPER LICENSE PLATE A VIOLATION OF THE LAW? HOW DO YOU AVOID BEING STOPPED IF YOU DRIVE WITH PAPER LICENSE PLATES? NEW LAW ABOUT CAR PAPER PLATES HOW LONG CAN YOU DRIVE WITH DEALER PLATES ACCORDING TO CURRENT CALIFORNIA LAW NEW PROCEDURE FOR GETTING PERMANENT LICENSE PLATES AFTER NEW LAW WILL TAKE EFFECT THE COST OF REGISTRATION TO GET TEMPORARY LICENSE PLATE If you are stopped because your car had paper license plates, Los Angeles DUI lawyer can help you fight […]

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Nystagmus as part of DUI investigation, Los Angeles

February 24, 2016

Nystagmus is an investigation tool used by law enforcement to determine if a person is under the influence of alcohol. After a DUI stop, a police officer, if he suspects that the driver is under the influence of alcohol, can ask the driver to step out of the vehicle and submit to several field sobriety tests. Field sobriety test is a voluntary test and you can and should refuse to submit it. If you agreed to the tests, the prosecutor will likely use them to show that you were impaired. The tests are highly subjective and can cause a person to be arrested even when he is innocent of the DUI. The most common field sobriety tests are a visual check for nystagmus, […]

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DUI Probation and Its Terms and Conditions

February 23, 2016

DUI Probation is a very common sentence in many DUI cases.  However, a DUI conviction does not have to involve probation and can be a “terminal dispositions”, meaning, after the sentencing, there are no obligations to the court because after the sentence is complete, the case is over. Many Defendants Want to be on DUI probation Because the alternative is jail time. Some defendants are not eligible for DUI probation because of the record or the nature of the offense.  For instance, if you are charged with a 3rd felony, the DA will allege a special allegation under California Penal Code section 1203(e)(4), which disqualifies another grant of probation. In contract, most misdemeanor DUI’s are sentenced to summary probation.  It […]

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Chemical Test Refusal in Los Angeles DUI Cases

February 18, 2016

Any driver arrested for a DUI is required by California state law to submit to a chemical test.  A chemical test can be a blood test, a breath test or a urine test.  A DUI refusal to submit to a chemical test is a more serious offense then a simple DUI. This article discusses Chemical Test Refusal in California DUI Cases. Click on the links below to go directly to your topic of interest. 1.WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES OF BEING ARRESTED FOR A DUI WITH REFUSAL ALLEGATION? 2. WHAT IF I WAS ARRESTED FOR A CHEMICAL TEST REFUSAL BUT I WAS NOT DRIVING? 3. HOW CAN A DRIVER ARRESTED FOR A “REFUSAL DUI” IN LOS ANGELES FIGHT HIS CASE? 4. CAN THE POLICE […]

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Breath test science:how California courts ignore it

February 15, 2016

California Supreme Court recently eliminated several important breath test defenses for DUI cases that drunk driving attorneys in Los Angeles used to successfully defend DUI cases in the Superior Court. PARTITION RATIOS According to the Supreme Court of California’s decision in People v. Vangelder, unreliability of breath sample can not always be argued to the jury.  Terry Vangelder was prosecuted for a DUI when his breath test came back as .08 percent alcohol after he was pulled over for speeding.   At trial, his defense tried to introduce testimony from Dr. Hastala who testified that breathalyzers don’t accurately show the level of alcohol in blood because recent scientific research shows that ratio of alcohol in air in lungs is not always […]

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What is Legal Blood Alcohol Level for DUI in California?

January 26, 2016

This article gives an answer to the question What is Legal Blood Alcohol Level for DUI in California?  Click on the links below to go directly to your topic of interest. Legal Blood Alcohol Level for 21 years old or older non-commercial driver in California Legal BAC for Commercial Drivers in California Legal alcohol level for person under 21 years of age Arrest for a DUI with a blood alcohol level less than .08%? Legal Blood Alcohol Level for 21 years old and older non-commercial driver in California In California, the legal blood alcohol level for most drivers is .08% or less of alcohol in blood by weight.  California Vehicle Code section 23152(b) describes the meaning of legal blood alcohol level and also provides […]

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Driving on a Suspended License in California

January 20, 2016

In this article Los Angeles DUI Defense Lawyer discusses Driving on a Suspended License.  Click on the links below to go directly to your topic of interest. LOS ANGELES DUI ATTORNEY EXPLAINS SUSPENDED LICENSE LAW ATTORNEY EXPLAINS TYPES OF LICENSE SUSPENSION DRIVING ON A SUSPENDED LICENSE ALSO CARRIES POINTS WITH THE DMV COURT PROCESS FOR SUSPENDED LICENSE SUSPENDED LICENSE. Example 1 SUSPENDED LICENSE. Example 2 SUSPENDED LICENSE. Example 3 LOS ANGELES DUI ATTORNEY EXPLAINS SUSPENDED LICENSE LAW California Laws covering driving on a Suspended License can be found in California Vehicle Code sections 14601-14601.5.  The decision to charge one code section over another primarily deals with the type of suspension or revocation.  For instance, if the driver’s license suspension is based on a conviction for drunk […]

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