Arrested in Los Angeles & Need a DUI Defense? Call for a FREE Consultation
DUI Defense for Driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs in Los Angeles. There is no question that being arrested for DUI is terrifying, yet it is one of the most common arrests made in Los Angeles. Depending on your previous record and on any injuries that have resulted, you can be charged with either felony or misdemeanor DUI.
If you have been arrested in Los Angeles, there are a few legal issues it is your right to know about. For example, if you have been arrested for driving under the influence in Los Angeles, you have the right to refuse the portable breath test and the field sobriety test. However, police may not tell you about this right when you are arrested and may insist that you take these controversial tests. This can be a problem, since some police officers exaggerate the results of field tests and some experts believe that the field tests can be inaccurate. Where possible, refuse to take the field sobriety test.
When you are taken down to the police station following your arrest, California law requires you to submit to a breath or blood test. Where possible, take the blood test. The blood test leaves evidence that can be re-tested for accuracy, which can be very helpful if a mistake is made in the lab.
If you have been arrested for DUI, you will need a highly skilled Los Angeles criminal defense attorney with experience in defending DUI cases before a jury. This level of expertise will ensure that your Los Angeles attorney has the defense strategies you need and is able to distinguish between a marginal case that you can lose and a close case that you can win. Your attorney should also have expertise with DMV hearings, breath tests, expert witnesses, and cross-examination. To give you the best chance in the legal system, your attorney should be able to effectively cross-examine the prosecution and use expert and witness testimony to your advantage.
Your attorney should be able to ask the difficult questions and get the answers that you need:
- Did the police advise you of your rights to be silent before they questioned you?
- Did police violate your fourth amendment rights against unreasonable searches and seizure when arresting you?
- Did police use the correct chain of custody when seizing any evidence?
- Were blood alcohol tests administered correctly and were the results reliable and accurate?
- Did the police have reasonable cause to stop and arrest you?
If the police did have reasonable cause to arrest you and your blood alcohol level was above 0.08%, the DMV will suspend your license. You have only ten days after your arrest to request a DMV hearing in order to challenge this suspension, which means that you need to speak with a qualified Los Angeles defense attorney very quickly after your arrest. A good attorney can preserve your rights to a fair DMV hearing and can help prepare a sound defense against the charges.
Your driving record and your freedom are among the most important assets you have. The Criminal Law Firm Of Stephen R. Brodsky and Stephen Brodsky, Attorney at Law, are here to help you preserve them. With more than two decades of experience in criminal law, Mr. Brodsky has successfully defended hundreds of people arrested for DUI and can help you preserve your rights.
Contact the offices of Stephen Brodsky, Attorney at Law today for a free consultation about your defense strategy. There is no charge and no obligation for this initial consultation.