Getting arrested for driving under the influence in California can feel like the worst thing that has ever happened to you. However, it is only the beginning. Being arrested in California for a DUI starts a series of legal events that starts with the arrest and booking process and can end with a hefty fine, the suspension of your driver’s license and possibly even jail time. If this is not your first offense, the penalties for subsequent arrests become much more severe.
When faced with a possible DUI conviction, it is of the utmost importance to retain an experienced Los Angeles DUI attorney as soon as possible. A qualified attorney will take the necessary steps to preserve your rights while you work through the process. By California law you must schedule a DMV hearing within 10 days of the DUI arrest. If this hearing is not scheduled within 10 days you will lose your license. In the first stages of the process, your attorney will have the opportunity to enter a pre-trial motion to dismiss the charges in their entirety. That is one of the reasons acquiring one of the DUI lawyers Los Angeles residents depend on is so important. Quick action can be helpful in the legal system.
If you or a family member has been arrested in southern California for any of the offenses below, call a Los Angeles DUI lawyer as soon as possible.
- First-time DUI
- Felony DUI
- DUI with injuries
- Driver’s license suspension and restoration
- Traffic violations
Students and DUI Convictions
Los Angeles DUI LawyerYou are at a particular disadvantage if you are a college student at UCLA, USC, or any other local college or university in the Los Angeles and the Southern California area, and are arrested for DUI. Underage students arrested for DUI not only face potential fines and jail time but also may find it difficult to obtain a driver’s license and, if intoxicants are found in your vehicle, you may lose your scholarship or other financial aid and become ineligible to receive aid in the future.
Positive Outcomes are Possible in Los Angeles DUI Cases
A successful defense can be achieved regardless of your blood-alcohol level. There are many factors that a qualified DUI attorney can build a successful defense on. For instance, the arresting officer may have used poor judgment and not had probable cause to stop you. Additionally, the machine used to evaluate your level of intoxication may not have been calibrated correctly or the staff member administering the test may have not conducted the test properly. This holds true for field sobriety tests as well.
Look for a lawyer who knows when a DUI case should go to trial and when a plea agreement may be the better alternative. The goal is to get your life back on track, and sometimes a plea agreement can be the best way forward. At the Law Offices of Jonathan Franklin, this former prosecutor will complete a thorough investigation and will have all of the facts in order to provide you with a vigorous defense. For a free initial consultation with the Law Offices of Jonathan Franklin, call 310-273-9600.