If you or a family member or friend has one has been arrested for a DUI, it is very important to getting immediate qualified representation by experienced DUI Lawyers Southern California.
Our California Criminal Defense Attorneys are experienced in defending DUI cases. We have a former Deputy District Attorney on staff and our technical support staff is among the best.
Did you know that it is not illegal to drink and drive?
Drinking and Driving by itself is not against the law.
What type of misdemeanor charges will I be facing?
Often, the prosecutor will file two misdemeanor charges against someone facing a DUI arrest.
Under vehicle code section 23152(a), the prosecutor must show that you were under the influence of alcohol and or drugs.
You may be charged under this section even if your blood alcohol level was less than .08%. You may also be charged under this section when there is no alcohol involved at all but rather illegal drugs or prescription drugs contributed to you being impaired.
Under vehicle code section 23152(b), the prosecutor must show that you had a blood alcohol level of .08 or greater at the time of driving.
The prosecution must actually prove that you were driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or that you had a blood alcohol level of .08 or greater at the time of driving. The fact that you blood alcohol level was greater than .08 at the time you did a breath test at the police station or at the time you submitted a blood test hours later at a hospital does not necessarily mean that was your blood alcohol level at the time of driving.
Our Southern California DUI Attorneys have always been successful in getting the Judge to inform the jury that it is not illegal to drink and drive. In one of our cases, the judge actually used himself as an example and told the jury that he had a glass of wine then drove his vehicle. He told them that this by itself was perfectly legal.
Did you know that many of the field sobriety tests are not recognized by the National Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)?
Our experienced DUI Lawyers Southern California know that NHTSA only recognizes three Standarized Field Sobriety Tests. They are the (1) Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test, (2) the Walk-and Turn Test and the (3) One -Leg Stand test.
Yet many officers ask citizens they pull over to perform field sobriety tests that are not recognized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test is an involuntary jerking of the eyes as the eyes gaze side to side. The Police Officer often uses a pen or his index finger to administer this test. The examiner looks for three indicators of impairment in each eye:(1) if the eye cannot follow a moving object smoothly, (2) if jerking is distinct when the eye is at maximum deviation, and (3) if the angle of onset of jerking is within 45 degrees of center.
If, between the two eyes, there is less than four clues present, the suspect likely has less than a BAC of 0.08.
HGN may also indicate consumption of seizure medications, phencyclidine, a variety of inhalants, barbiturates, and other depressants. The Walk and Turn test and the One Leg Stand tests are both "divided attention" tests. The One Leg Stand test requires the Police officer to instruct the motorist to stand with one foot approximately six inches off the ground and count aloud by thousands until told to put the foot down. The Police Officer times the suspect for 30 seconds. The police officer looks for swaying, using arms to balance, hopping to maintain balance and putting the foot down before being told to do so.
Did you know that many police officers do not administer the field sobriety test properly?
Our DUI Lawyers of Southern California have DUI
investigators that are former employees of the L.A. County Sheriffs Department and the Los Angeles Police Department. Because they have worked for the other side, they have the necessary training and experience to know when a police officer is not adminstering the standardized field sobriety test properly or is not following proper police procedures during a DUI arrest.
Our Los Angeles blood alcohol experts know when there is a problem with defective testing procedures. For example, by retesting your blood sample, we can determine if there was an adequate preservative used. An inadequate preservative in the blood vial could lead to fermentation resulting in an artifically high false DUI blood alcohol level.
They can also spot any other problems. Our blood alcohol experts that we use qualifiy as expert witnesses in California Courts and formerly worked for many years at both the L.A. County
Sheriffs Crime Lab and Orange County Sheriffs Crime lab respectively.
Did you know that many traffic stops are illegal?
If a court makes a finding that the traffic stop was illegal, this is grounds for the court to supress evidence and get your case dismissed.
When you operate your motor vehicle late at night, officers will try to come up with reasons to justify a traffic stop.
Our DUI Lawyers Southern California have gotten numerous DUI cases dismissed because of bogus traffic stops. Our Southern California DUI Lawyers winning track record shows that we provide effective representation when it comes to challenging bogus traffic stops.
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Our DUI Lawyers of Southern California can help you now for all DUI cases in Los Angeles County. Call today and speak to a experienced DUI Lawyers Southern California for a free consultation at (626) 975-2080 or at (562) 467-6939.