Ronald Belisario entered a plea of not guilty on Thursday August 27th in response to a charge of misdemeanor Southern California DUI. Belisario was arrested two months ago, after CHP officers saw him speaking on the cell phone while driving (which is, in and of itself, a violation of CA law). The Los Angeles Times reported that the police “observed the symptoms of possible alcohol intoxication.” Just prior to his arrest, Belisario had helped the Dodgers triumph over Seattle Mariners by pitching a scoreless ninth inning. The Venezuela native was released after making a bail of five thousand dollars; his pre-trial hearing is set for October.
While a top caliber Southern California DUI defense lawyer can develop and deliver powerful defenses for misdemeanor DUI suspects like Belisario, such cases are often delicate, as they are tried simultaneously in the California court system and in the court of public opinion.
That said, even in situations in which the evidence at first glance appears to support the prosecution overwhelmingly, defenses can be found. For instance, consider the blood test — one of the DUI prosecutor’s most potent weapons. Blood tests are more reliable than other tests, like breathalyzers and field sobriety tests. But they are by no means flawless.
An array of objections can be made, including but not limited to:
• Perhaps the technician who took the sample was not qualified.
• Perhaps the sample was not stored, transported, or tested correctly.
• Perhaps the test was performed correctly but officer bias skewed the results.
• Perhaps the officer used alcohol on the skin of a suspect, and that alcohol contaminated the sample.
• Perhaps the sample got mixed up with someone else’s.
All these situations can result in unjust and unfair Los Angeles DUI convictions. To challenge the evidence effectively, however, you likely need a veteran lawyer who has practical experience with hundreds of similar cases. Many Southern California DUI defendants trust attorney Michael Kraut. Attorney Kraut spent nearly a decade and a half as a DUI prosecutor before switching to become a criminal defense attorney. Very few other attorneys – even experienced criminal defense lawyers – have that kind of experience from the other side. Attorney Kraut leverages his knowledge of procedures and common prosecutorial arguments to best effect for his clients.
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.