Over the last few days and nights, over 100 people have been arrested for the following charges; Los Angeles DUI; Orange County DUI; Pasadena DUI, Beverly Hills DUI and Glendora DUI. In actuality, it does not matter where you are in Southern California, a DUI arrest will result in similar charges and DUI penalties.
The law on DUI checkpoints in clear cut. The government must publically announce the placement of the checkpoint, and must also give a driver the ability to veer away from the impending danger by either turning around, or a cross street to exit away from the checkpoint. A well connected Pasadena DUI defense attorney is going to be able to review the facts of your arrest and prepare a vigorous defense on your behalf. That’s because if the police do not abide by very strict terms in setting up the checkpoint, the DUI pas test and subsequent arrest may be illegal.
If you are arrested then the penalties for a DUI will depend on if this is a first time DUI or if a person has multiple DUI convictions. If the offense is a first time DUI, then California law requires a minimum of 48 hours, and a maximum of 6 months, in jail. Additionally, the court may order fines up to $1000 plus penalty assessments. This could raise the fine up to $5000. You will also be placed on probation for a three year period. In addition, the Department of Motor Vehicles will conduct a DUI administrative hearing and if you loose, your license will be suspended for a four month period. Your car insurance will also increase significantly. You will also have to take an alcohol education course for at least 3 months at great expense.
Many people think that if they are charged with driving under the influence, you should avoid the cost of a lawyer and just go before the judge and plead guilty. There is nothing further from the truth. The penalties for a DUI far outweigh the cost of a top rated DUI criminal defense attorney.
If you have been arrested for a DUI in Los Angeles or you are under investigation for driving under the influence in Southern California, please contact Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Michael Kraut for 24/7 assistance by phone at (323) 464-6453 or toll free at (888) 334-6344 or online.