DUI Defense

DUI Defense Lawyer in Los Angeles

Whether you’ve been arrested for a first, second, or third DUI in Los Angeles, you are facing serious penalties, including jail time, fines, driver’s license suspension or revocation, and a criminal record. You owe it to yourself to retain the services of a top-tier DUI lawyer to help you explore your options and mount a solid criminal defense. If you’ve been charged with DUI, contact the Los Angeles office of C. Robert Brooks, Attorney at Law.

DUI Penalties Los Angeles

DUI Defense Attorney in Los AngelesBarring aggravating circumstances, like serious bodily injury or death to another, your first DUIs are misdemeanor crimes in the state of California. In addition, the state has a “10-Year Rule,” which means that only prior DUI convictions that have occurred within the past 10 years can be used against you for the purpose of enhancing your penalties if you’re convicted. You may, however, face increased penalties even if you were convicted of a DUI in another state. The following are the potential penalties for convicted DUI drivers who are over the age of 21.

First Offense DUI

If this is your first DUI offense in Los Angeles, you are facing:

  • Up to 6 months in jail (no minimum sentencing)
  • $390 to $1000 in fines, but the courts may assess additional fees and penalty assessments
  • License suspension of up to six months
  • 3 to 9 months in an Alcohol and Drug Education Program at your own expense

Second Offense DUI

If this is your second DUI offense in Los Angeles, you are facing:

  • 96 hours minimum up to one year maximum jail time
  • $390 to $1000 in fines, but the courts may assess additional fees and penalty assessments
  • License revocation of up to two years
  • 18 to 30 months in an Alcohol and Drug Education Program at your own expense

Third Offense DUI

If this is your third DUI offense in Los Angeles, you are facing:

  • 120 days minimum to one year maximum jail time
  • $390 to $1000 in fines, but the courts may assess additional fees and penalty assessments
  • License revocation of up to three years
  • 18 to 30 months in an Alcohol and Drug Education Program at your own expense

You need professional representation from an experienced DUI Iawyer, and C. Robert Brooks is ready to take on your case. Contact C. Robert Brooks, Attorney at Law immediately.

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California Zero-Tolerance Law

Under California’s Zero-Tolerance law, it’s illegal for drivers under the age of 21 to have any alcohol in their system. Under the law, your license can be suspended for one year if you:

  • Have a BAC of .01% or higher
  • You refuse to take the Preliminary Alcohol Screening (PAS)
  • If you fail the Preliminary Alcohol Screening

You can also be charged with underage DUI if your BAC is .05% or higher.

DUI License Suspension

DUI Defense Lawyer in Los AngelesIf you are arrested in Los Angeles or anywhere else in the state of California, the police will confiscate your driver’s license and issue you an Order of Suspension and Temporary License. This document will act as your driver’s license until it expires. This is also the first step in an administrative process that will lead to the suspension of your license. It’s important to understand that your license can be suspended whether or not you are eventually found guilty of DUI and the suspension will begin before you go to trial. You have 10 days from the date of your arrest to schedule a hearing with the DMV. If you’ve retained the services of a DUI Lawyer, they can schedule this hearing for you and represent you in the proceedings.

How an LA DUI Lawyer Can Represent You

California has complicated DUI Laws and the penalties can be lifechanging. If you have been charged with a DUI, you need representation from an aggressive criminal defense attorney with ample DUI experience. C. Robert Brooks has successfully represented hundreds of individuals charged with DUI around Los Angeles. Once attorney Brooks examines your case, he can develop a custom defense strategy that’s designed to help you get a favorable plea or a dismissal.

If you’re like many L.A. residents who have been charged with a DUI, this may be your first criminal arrest. If that’s the case, you may be wondering why you should retain the services of a private DUI attorney in Los Angeles instead of using a public defender. What you should know is that Los Angeles public defenders are notoriously overloaded with heavy caseloads, leaving them less time to focus on each client. Frequently, they are under pressure to accept pleas offered by the prosecution. Attorney Brooks only accepts cases that his practice can effectively handle. Ultimately, the decision to accept a deal is yours.

If you’ve been charged with DUI, contact the Los Angeles office of C. Robert Brooks, Attorney at Law.

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Possible Defenses for DUI

As with all criminal prosecutions, the state has the burden of proving their case. With that said, Los Angeles police officers are well trained when it comes to investigating and reporting DUIs. Evidence is often suppressed by the courts, however, due to police error. Here are some of the common mistakes that law enforcement officers make during DUI arrests:

  • Insufficient probable cause for the stop
  • Failure to document physical indicators of intoxication
  • Improper administration of the roadside exercises
  • Mishandling of the video evidence
  • Forgetting to read the defendant the implied consent warning prior to asking for a BAC test
  • Improper or incorrect documentation
  • Failure to show that the BAC test machine was properly maintained and calibrated

An experienced criminal defense lawyer, like C. Robert Brooks, Attorney at Law sees these law enforcement errors as opportunities to weaken the prosecutorial case against their clients.

Contact an LA DUI Defense Lawyer Today

Even a first DUI offense in Los Angeles can cause significant disruption to your life. In addition to the inconvenience of being arrested, you have to attend hearings and court-ordered classes. In addition, your driving privileges may be suspended, making it difficult to get to and from work or school. You need professional representation from an experienced DUI Iawyer, and C. Robert Brooks is ready to take on your case. Contact our Los Angeles office for a free consultation.

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