What you should know about Los Angeles DUI developments.
Los Angeles DUI can mean different things to different people, and if you’re searching “Los Angeles DUI” on the internet, chances are you or someone you love is facing a DUI arrest. People facing DUI arrests for the first time are usually not career criminals, so they don’t know how the criminal justice system works. For Los Angeles area DUI situations, you should be aware of the possible punishments and consequences for DUI arrests, and what you can do to fight back in your case to avoid the worst punishments.
Punishments that go along with a Los Angeles DUI.
The punishments for a first time Los Angeles DUI can be categorized into two categories: The DMV punishments, and the court punishments. The true costs of a DUI are staggering, costing the driver thousands of dollars in the long run with increased insurance premiums and hastle.
The DMV will suspend the license of a driver involved in a Los Angeles DUI for a period of 4 months it is their first DUI. For second DUIs (within a 10 year period) the DMV will suspend the driver’s license of the driver for 1 year. The DMV will require the driver to install an ignition interlock device on their car and to complete classes designed to show the driver the dangers of driving under the influence.
As if that weren’t enough, people involved in Los Angeles DUI cases face punishment from the court system. For a typical first offense DUI, the driver will face a 6 month driver’s license suspension (which is separate and apart from the DMV suspension) fines, court fees and mandatory alcohol classes. Some cases are serious enough for the court to put the driver in jail. Jail time is given if there is a serious accident where another person is injured as a result of the DUI.
How a lawyer helps in Los Angeles DUI cases.
A lawyer can be very helpful in navigating the DMV and court system. A DUI lawyer can attend all DMV and court hearings so the driver in the case doesn’t have to miss work. Another benefit of hiring a DUI lawyer can be in getting the license suspensions from the DMV and the court to run “concurrently,” meaning you can reduce the total time your license would be suspended as a result of a Los Angeles DUI.
Strategies in handling Los Angeles DUI cases.
Most DUI cases in Los Angeles are handled at three main courthouses: Metro courthouse in downtown Los Angeles, Van Nuys courthouse in Van Nuys, and the LAX courthouse for cases in the southbay area. DUI cases can be heard at other courthouses, but these are the largest courthouses and therefore they get the most DUI cases of the Los Angeles area courts. A lawyer who knows the prosecutors and the judges in these courthouses can be very helpful in helping you fight your DUI case because each judge and prosecutor is different. Knowing what the prosecutors and judges look is knowledge a DUI defense lawyer uses to present your case as effectively as possible. For example, some judges are very harsh on first offender DUI cases while others are more lenient. A DUI lawyer knows how to file a motion with the court to request the more lenient judge to avoid a potentially bad encounter with an angry judge.
Things you shouldn’t do in a Los Angeles DUI case.
If you were arrested for DUI in Los Angeles, the first thing you should do is not speak with prosecutors or police agencies. I have had clients call the police department that arrested them asking the police department questions and asking them for leniency. This never works and can only risk the driver making incriminating statements to the police, which they will gladly use at trial against the driver. Secondly, you should speak with a DUI lawyer who can atleast point you in the right direction regarding your case. Los Angeles DUI cases can be complex, with scientific and legal defenses available to you that a DUI lawyer will understand and pick up on. Lastly, you should take care of your case promptly and without missing court appearances or DMV hearings. Sometimes drivers “bury their heads in the sand” and do not want to deal with their DUI situation because the stress and strain of the DUI is nerve wracking. This is the worst thing a driver can do as it will only makes things worse in the long run.
To speak with a Los Angeles DUI attorney, call 213-400-0358 and go over your case. You’ll learn what defenses work in these cases, how to beat these cases, and what you need to do the properly handle the case.
By Jon Straub
Last Updated January 3, 2014