DUI Defense Attorney in Long Beach
Long Beach criminal court is located:
South District Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse
275 Magnolia Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90802
According to California DMV data, DUI is a very common offense in Long Beach and the courts are eager to convict. In 2010, over 1,934 people were convicted of DUI in Long Beach Court. The penalties for such are steep as well. That same year, 71% of offenders were sentenced to complete DUI education and over 90% of repeat DUI offenders were sentenced to at least some jail time. In addition, over 95% of all offenders received probation as part of their DUI sentence.
Another common Long Beach DUI penalty is license suspension. The first thing you should do after being arrested for DUI is call a lawyer. Immediate action is needed in order to stop administrative license suspension by the DMV. The sooner you call, the sooner we can get to work requesting a DMV hearing and working to stop the process. You should also be aware of your options. You should not plan on pleading ‘guilty' to a DUI charge even if you feel the prosecution has a strong case against you. In every case there is room for error and, therefore, room to challenge the evidence.
Long Beach DUI Criminal Defense Lawyer
Every DUI case is different and the results are never guaranteed. The best way to make sure you get the results you want is to hire an experienced and knowledgeable attorney who understands everything about DUI law. At Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP, we work with all kinds of DUI charges and have a staff of attorneys from various backgrounds. Some of the most common DUI charges we see include:
DUI First Offense: For many people, being charged with a DUI is the first time they have been in trouble with the law. Unfortunately, many judges do not take this into consideration when sentencing. You can still face jail time, steep fines, license suspension, probation and more for a first time DUI conviction.
Multiple DUI Offenses: if you are charged with a second DUI, third DUI or more, the penalties increase with each conviction and you can even be facing felony charges. In Long Beach in 2010, 100% of all DUI convictions with 3 or more prior convictions involved included a jail sentence.
DUI Accident: If an accident occurs and you have an elevated BAC, you will be charged with DUI and causing the accident. This can lead to stiffer penalties and even a felony DUI charge.
Underage DUI: If you or your child has an elevated BAC and is under 21, they can be charged with DUI. An underage DUI conviction can affect acceptance into educational intuitions and cause insurance rates to go up in addition to the license suspension, probation and other penalties.
DUI Injuries: If an accident occurs and injuries are sustained, BAC is usually checked for all parties involved. If you are found to have a .08% or greater BAC, you will be charged for DUI and causing an accident with injuries.
Felony DUI: Felony charges in Long Beach can occur in a DUI accident where there are injuries or death. You can also face a felony charge if you have 3 or more previous DUI convictions or a previous felony DUI conviction. In 2010, 20 people were convicted in Long Beach Courts for felony DUI.
Commercial DUI: Commercial truck or vehicle drivers must be extra careful. A DUI can mean the end of your career, even if you are off duty when the arrest occurs. Commercial drivers will lose their license for two years if convicted of DUI.
Long Beach, California DUI Attorneys
If you have been arrested for a DUI charged in Long Beach, call Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP now. It is important to hire an attorney who will fight hard for you and who has a proven track record of success. Not all Long Beach, California DUI lawyers were created equal. We work to build a strong defense by challenging every piece of evidence and stopping at nothing to fight your charges. Our DUI team is made up of attorneys who come from all sorts of backgrounds, like former prosecutors and police officers. Together, we use our experience and insight to examine you case from all angles. The more knowledge an attorney has of DUI law, the easier it is to stop weaknesses in the case.
If you are looking for an experienced and hard working DUI lawyer in Long Beach, look no further. The lawyers at Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP are here to work for you. Best of all, we offer all of our potential DUI clients a free consultation so you can learn more about what we can do for you at no risk. Call us now to get started.