Criminal Charges in L.A.
According to City-Data.com, the city of Los Angeles has had a very high crime rate for many years. Recently, the crime rate has dropped, however, and in 2011 the property crime rate including crimes like theft, burglary and auto theft was below the national average. The violent crime was still slightly above average but has seen a great reduction in the past decade.
One criminal offense that has also decreased in L.A. in recent years is DUI. DUI or Driving Under the Influence refers to violations of California's vehicle code sections 23152 and 23153. Los Angeles County has the highest number of DUI arrests of all the counties in California. In 2011 alone 40,249 arrests were made.
Officers are trained to spot drivers who show signs of intoxication. If you are stopped by police in Los Angeles while driving and they suspect DUI, the officer will ask you to submit to some sobriety tests. If your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is over the legal limit of .08%, you will be arrested for driving under the influence.
Criminal Courts in Los Angeles
11701 South La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Central Arraignment Court
429 Bauchet St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center
210 West Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
East Los Angeles Courthouse
4848 East Civic Center Way
Los Angeles, CA 90022
1945 South Hill St.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
DUI Charges in Los Angeles
First DUI: If police stop a driver and suspect that they are intoxicated by drugs or alcohol, they can be arrested for DUI. If you have never been convicted of a DUI crime before, you will face a first time offender charge. Even a first time DUI offense can result in jail time, steep fines, license suspension, community service, probation, DUI driving school, alcohol abuse programs and more.
Multiple DUI Convictions: After a DUI arrest, your criminal record will be reviewed to see if you have had any prior DUI convictions in the past ten years. If you have one or more previous DUI conviction, the penalties increase leading to steeper fines, longer license suspensions and longer jail sentences for each consecutive DUI conviction.
Felony DUI: Causing a fatal accident or receiving more than 3 DUI convictions can result in felony DUI charges. If you are convicted of a felony DUI offense you will likely serve a year in jail and have a felony on your criminal record which can affect job and educational opportunities.
Under 21 DUI: If you or your child has been arrested for DUI and is under the age of 21, there are special laws that you need to be aware of. The legal BAC limit of a minor is point .01% and you can be charged with DUI with even a small amount of alcohol in your system.
DUI with Injury: If there is an accident, especially one that results in injury or death, police officers will often test the blood alcohol concentration of all drivers involved. If alcohol is in your system, you will be charged with DUI and held responsible for the accident.
DUI with Fatality: One of the most serious DUI offenses involves causing the loss of life. If reckless driving was also involved in the accident, you could even face vehicular manslaughter charges.
DUI and Drugs: Just like alcohol, you can be charged with driving under the influence of drugs. DUI drug charges are just as serious and can be even worse if illegal drugs or prescription abuse is also involved. Measuring impairment when a drug intoxication charge is involved can be difficult. There is no set system to measure the amount of drugs in your system and there's also no way to tell if you are impaired by them.
Commercial DUI: If you have a commercial driver's license and are arrested for DUI, even while driving a non-commercial vehicle, you can lose your commercial driving privileges and your job. The legal BAC limit for commercial drivers is only .04% so any amount of alcohol in your system can lead to a commercial DUI charge.
Los Angeles DUI Lawyer
If you have been arrested for DUI in L.A., call us immediately. Our DUI attorneys can help you get the results that you need. A DUI charge can lead to serious consequences that have long-term negative effects on your life. For example, you only have 10 days to request a DMV hearing after a DUI arrest in order to challenge the DMV's administrative license suspension process. We believe in building strong defenses for our clients. The best way to avoid negative penalties is to avoid conviction by getting a ‘not guilty' verdict, charges reduced or charges dismissed. We use our diverse backgrounds and extensive knowledge of DUI law to dissect your case and build the strongest defense possible.
Our Los Angeles DUI attorneys believe in fighting hard for our clients and that means leaving no stone unturned when it comes to your defense. Call us now for a free consultation.