Attorney Tips on Handling DUI Cases

DUI Checkpoints in Los Angeles

January 13, 2016

DUI Checkpoints in Los Angeles are becoming very common in the city of Los Angeles. Police departments outside of Los Angeles also use DUI checkpoint to arrest drivers suspected of DUI. Los Angeles DUI Attorney is very experienced in fighting DUI checkpoint cases because police have to follow many rules to have a legal DUI checkpoint. Without following court guidelines regarding  DUI checkpoint set up, all arrests at Los Angles DUI Checkpoints  can be illegal. There are several ways how Los Angeles DUI lawyer can help you fight arrest at DUI Checkpoints. First, unless the police set up the DUI Checkpoints as told by the California courts, the checkpoint will be invalid. Second, because no bad driving observed at a checkpoint, it […]

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FIELD SOBRIETY TEST IN DUI CASES CALIFORNIA

January 12, 2016

This article discusses about FIELD SOBRIETY TEST IN DUI CASES CALIFORNIA. Click on the links below to go directly to your topic of interest. Field Sobriety Tests (FST) Definition The Three “Standardized” DUI Field Sobriety Tests Using Field Sobriety Test To Win DUI case Field sobriety test accuracy and usage for DUI investigations SHOULD I submit to the field sobriety test?   Field Sobriety Tests (FST) Definition A field sobriety tests are series of test that police uses to determine if he or she is impaired and can not safely operate a vehicle. Field sobriety tests are tests usually used by the law enforcement to prove that a person is impaired outside of the blood alcohol level or when the […]

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Alcohol Education Program after DUI

December 30, 2015

There are 6 different Alcohol Education programs in California that can either be ordered as a condition of probation with a DUI conviction or can be required to be completed as a term of probation for various other, usually driving or alcohol-related convictions. After a Driving under the influence conviction, the DMV will often require completion of the AB 541 or SB 38 program prior to re-issuance of the driver’s license. Additionally, if your license is suspended after an APS hearing (and you don’t want to wait out a suspension), you can get a restricted license but enrollment into a “driving under the influence” program is required prior to getting a restricted license. Here, I summarized and listed the programs […]

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TRAFFIC STOPS DANGERS

December 21, 2015

Recent shooting death of Walter Scott, Dontrell Stevens, Boddy Canipe, Levar Jones, Samuel Dubose and others are tragic.  These deaths are examples of situation where a person dies because a trigger happy police officer fires his gun based on some justification of fear for police safety.  Neither one of the listed victims of police shooting was armed at the time of shooting.  Most of the listed persons who were shot were black.  It turns out that being black will cause drivers to be 30 percent more likely to be pulled over, then a white driver.  Traffic stops dangers involve risk of confrontation with a police officer who can be overly aggressive or tired or just not a good police officer.  […]

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DUI PROBATION VIOLATION IN LOS ANGELES

December 17, 2015

If you are convicted for a DUI in Los Angeles, the court will sentence you to Probation or Terminal disposition. Terminal disposition will carry a harsher punishment, usually imposed when a defendant refuses probation or when a defendant is not a good candidate for rehabilitation.  An ability to rehabilitate is determined by your judge who usually will look at previous convictions to decide if you are a good candidate for probation.  For example, if a defendant has several previous convictions close in time, then a judge can decide that a grant of probation will not be appropriate because the defendant will likely violate the probation or re-offend by getting rearrested for another DUI. In a situation like that, a Los […]

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Statute Of Limitations For a DUI

December 8, 2015

In California, a DUI can be a misdemeanor or a felony.  Felony DUI are prosecuted when there is more than 3 DUI convictions, from the arrest date to the arrest date, within the past ten years. A felony DUI can also be filed when a Los Angeles DUI driver causes an injury to another person.  A misdemeanor DUI can be filed in all other instances and will cover the majority of DUI prosecutions in Los Angeles. Statute Of Limitation Misdemeanors Statutes of limitations can be found in California Penal Code sections 799-805.  A misdemeanor DUI case has to be prosecuted within one year from the date the DUI happened (see PC 802(a)).  If the police did not bring the case […]

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DUI DEFENSE: DON’T SUBMIT TO VOLUNTARY TESTS

November 27, 2015

Los Angeles DUI investigation usually consists of 3 parts.  During the first part, the police make notes of their observation of the driver and his conduct. During the second part, the police observe how the driver does on voluntary field sobriety tests. During the third part, the police will take the driver to a station and take his breath or blood for alcohol testing. The first part of a Los Angeles DUI investigation consists of visual observation of the driver.  The officer will make observations and ask driver questions.  Los Angeles DUI attorney does not believe that is helpful to talk to the police officers.  Any incriminating answers or statement will be written down by the investigating police officer and […]

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DUI Defense: Attacking the breath test in California

November 24, 2015

Many police officers will evaluate a driver for alcohol or drug impairment at the time of any traffic stop in Los Angeles or after an accident.  For example, if you are stopped for not wearing a seatbelt, a trained Los Angeles police officer, a CHP officer, or any other law enforcement officer, will observe and note if you can be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  He will notice any smells of alcohol or marijuana, look at your eyes to see if they are red and see if your speech is slurred.  Drunk driving attorneys in Los Angeles specialize in defending people who are pulled over without a good reason.  Los Angeles DUI attorneys will fight these cases by […]

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Los Angles DUI Attorney Cost

October 30, 2015

How much does a good DUI lawyer cost? The price of hiring a professional DUI defense attorney to help you fight your case in the Superior Court and at the Administrative Per se hearing varies between practitioners.  It is not uncommon to hear that some lawyers will charge as little as $500.00 to represent defendants in court.  On the other hand, it is also possible to hire an attorney who values his services extremely high and to pay $10,000.00 or more for even pretrial representation.  Typically, it is not advisable to hire attorneys on the low end of the price range mostly because they will be either inexperience or not motivated to litigate the criminal case to get the best possible […]

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DUI Blood Test Errors in Los Angeles

October 26, 2015

In this article, we will discuss DUI Blood Test Errors that are well known and can cause serious problems in Los Angeles DUI prosecutions. DUI Blood test is done when by police after a DUI arrest.  If you are arrested, the police will tell you that you have to submit to a chemical test. Los Angeles DUI lawyers will help you fight your DUI case and show that a DUI blood test was not done correctly.  The driver will be asked to choose to either do a blood test or the breath test when arrested for a DUI.  Only if neither test is available, the police have to offer a urine test.  Urine test is very unreliable compared to breath […]

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