Los Angeles Criminal Charges
According to 2013 statistics on neighborhoodscout.com, Los Angeles County has a crime rate higher than 66% of other cities in California. There is a moderate level of both violent crime and property crime. Reports of violent crimes like murder and assault are higher than the national average while reports of property crimes like theft and burglary are lower. Los Angeles County does have one of the highest rates of motor vehicle theft in the country though.
One of the most common charges Los Angeles Police make arrests for is driving under the influence. If a driver is noticeable impaired, has a BAC of .08% or greater, or is under the influence of drugs, they can face charges for DUI. In 2011 alone police made 40,249 DUI arrests in Los Angeles County. That is over 22% of the total number of arrests for the State of California.
Criminal Courts in Los Angeles County
Criminal cases are heard in Superior Court. There are 46 courts in 13 different districts throughout the County. The location of your trial will depend on what city your arrest took place in. A full list of all locations can be found here.
Los Angeles County DUI
Even a first time DUI offender with a clean criminal record can face the maximum penalties. A DUI is not like other traffic violations where you can expect to pay a fine and be done with it. DUI consequences can include jail time, license suspension, probation and more.
For every DUI conviction that you have on your record in a 10 year period, you will face even steeper penalties for each subsequent DUI. Repeat offenders can even face felony charges. The more prior DUI convictions you have the more penalties you will face. In 2010, 3.3% of first time DUI offenders were arrested for another offense within one year of conviction. In order to discourage this, repeat offenders are treated more harshly. After 3 convictions all other offenses will be charged as felonies.
Drivers who are under the age of 21 have their own set of DUI laws. You can be charged with DUI for having any amount of alcohol in your system and can lose your driver's license for possessing alcohol even if you are not driving. Underage DUI convictions can also lead to vehicle impoundment and more if the driver's BAC was over .05%. In 2011 .2% of DUI arrests were for juvenile charges.
Felony offenses are the most serious kind of charges one can face. Most DUI offenses are misdemeanors, but DUIs that involve serious injury or death can be charged as felonies. In 2011, 3.2% of DUI arrests were charged as felonies in Los Angeles County. Felonies carry steeper sentences including higher fines and more time in jail.
In 2010 there were 1,618 DUI related fatalities in Los Angeles County. When a car accident occurs and people are badly hurt or killed, police will often check all the drivers involved for impairment. If you are found to have been under the influence when you caused the accident, you will be charged with driving under the influence and causing an accident. In some cases, these charges are ruled to be felonies.
DUI and Drugs
Illegal, prescription and over the counter drugs are capable of causing impairment just like alcohol. Drug related DUIs are even trickier because drug impairment is harder to detect and any amount of drug in your system can be used as evidence of your impairment. In 2010, 10% of fatal DUI accidents in Los Angeles County were due in some part to drug intoxication.
Los Angeles County DUI Defense Lawyer
Los Angeles County was selected to be part of a pilot program that requires all DUI offenders to install an ignition interlock device into their vehicles. This device takes a breath sample from the driver and checks it for traces of alcohol. IF it detects the river has been drinking, the engine will not start
What sets us apart from other law firms is our commitment to defense. We do not simply give you advise, we work to build a strong defense for your case. In 2010 Los Angeles Count had a 70% DUI conviction rate. From the moment you call us, we begin to examine the , details around your arrest and look for the best way to challenge the DUI accusations. In some cases, we argue the stop was not valid because police did not follow procedure. In other cases, we question the validity of your sobriety test results.
If you have been arrested for DUI L.A., call us right now A Dui conviction can result in 4 months of jail time, one year of license suspension, one year of probation, community service, DUI driving classes and more. The best way to avoid these consequences is to fight conviction with the aid of an experienced DUI defense lawyer. Call us now for a free consultation.