If you were recently arrested for driving under the influence in Burbank – yet again – you’re understandably terrified about what prosecutors might do to you this time. For instance, will they slap you with a felony count per California Vehicle Code section 23153?
You’re right to be concerned.
One might dismiss a single Burbank DUI as a product of bad luck, quirky circumstances, or a single lapse of judgment. However, if you get arrested multiple times, you may want to take a look in the mirror. Why do you keep getting into these situations, and what needs to change?
Obviously, you want to deal with the “legal stuff” in an effective, appropriate manner, as rapidly as possible. However, you also want to pay attention to your recurring patterns. These may be subtle to detect but may ultimately prove vital to solving your longer term issues.
It is often very difficult for us to instantly apprehend our own patterns, since we “live inside” them. Other people can look at us and judge: tell us to take certain actions or avoid certain behaviors. But as the saying goes, “it’s easy for you to say.” Outsiders can make these analyses simply, since they don’t have to live the consequences of said judgments, nor are they emotionally invested in your outcome one way or the other.
Here’s one way to start to understand your Burbank DUI recidivism — to learn the lessons from what’s happened to you, and to translate those lessons into better outcomes.
The first step is to understand WHY you got into your bad situation in the first place. Your intuitive answer may not be “deep” enough to give you this insight. For instance, say you had been partying in Burbank Center late at night, playing pool. You got behind the wheel without appreciating how under the influence you actually were, and then police busted you at a Burbank DUI checkpoint. You might initially think you got in trouble “because I was too lazy to get a ride home.”
Not deep enough! You must probe deeper. Ask yourself WHY.
WHY were you too lazy to get a ride home? Your answer then might be “because I don’t really know anyone in the city who I could trust to take me home and not judge me.” Then probe even deeper – WHY don’t you know anybody? And so forth.
This iterative exercise – asking why, over and over, to get deeper and deeper – inevitably gets you into deeper psychological “stuff.” This “stuff” might be underpinning not only why you made a poor driving decision but also why you might be feeling helpless or unhappy in various aspects of your life. Once you figure out that core reason — that deeper WHY — then you can take steps to address the constraint making your life miserable in many diverse was. Perhaps you just feel really lonely: you need a partner or even a close friend. We all have needs for companionship. Perhaps when you find a partner or a close friend, you’ll have a designated driver the next time. You’ll ALSO no longer feel as sad or helpless, and thus you will intuitively avoid dangerous/reckless situations in the future.
All that said, you have practical legal considerations that need to be addressed ASAP. Recidivism DUI in Burbank can lead to felony counts, long jail sentences, massive license suspensions, and more. Attorney Michael Kraut of the Kraut Law Group in Burbank can help you understand your legal options and make powerful defensive progress. Connect with attorney Kraut and his team today for a free, honest, and thorough evaluation of your case.
If you have been arrested for a DUI in Burbank 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.