Los Angeles DUI Lawyer

Last Modified: May 28, 2024
Los Angeles DUI lawyer

Being arrested for a DUI in Los Angeles is a serious matter that can significantly impact your life. At Perlman & Cohen Los Angeles Criminal Lawyers, we specialize in DUI cases and understand the stress and fear that come with such charges. Our team of skilled DUI lawyers is committed to defending your rights and guiding you through the legal process.

Our Los Angeles DUI lawyers understand how DUI laws are applied in Los Angeles County. Now, our office's DUI defense attorney can defend your rights. It would help if you had a DUI attorney in Los Angeles, CA, who has experience defending clients against various charges.

Learn how our DUI defense lawyer can fight for you. Then, schedule a free consultation with our DUI defense attorney to discuss your case.

Dedicated Representation From a Los Angeles DUI Lawyer

Dedicated representation from a Los Angeles DUI lawyer

At Perlman & Cohen, we offer dedicated representation for those facing DUI charges in Los Angeles. Our lawyers have extensive experience handling DUI cases, from simple offenses to more complex situations. We understand the nuances of California DUI laws and how they apply in Los Angeles.

We navigate the legal system with precision and care, ensuring your case receives the attention it deserves. Our goal is to provide a defense that is both aggressive and strategic, focusing on protecting your legal rights and interests. Rely on our criminal defense attorney to defend you.

Understanding DUI Charges in Los Angeles

Overview of DUI Offenses

DUI offenses in Los Angeles involve operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. These charges can vary in severity depending on several factors, including your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) and whether it's your first offense. Our lawyers are well-versed in the different types of DUI offenses and their legal implications.

Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Limits

In Los Angeles, the legal limit for BAC while driving is 0.08% for drivers over 21. For commercial drivers, the limit is lower, at 0.04%. And for drivers under 21, any detectable amount of alcohol can lead to DUI charges. Our attorneys are experienced in addressing DUI offense cases involving various BAC levels.

We also address cases where BAC results may be disputed. Our lawyers know how to challenge the accuracy of BAC testing methods. We scrutinize the procedures used during your BAC testing, seeking any irregularities that could strengthen your defense. Our criminal defense law firm aims to ensure that all evidence against you is accurate and reliable.

Types of DUI Charges

Los Angeles recognizes several types of DUI charges. These include misdemeanor DUI, felony DUI, and DUI with injuries. The type of charge you face depends on factors like your driving record and the specifics of your incident. Each type of charge carries different penalties and requires a different defense strategy.

Our lawyers understand the nuances of each type of DUI charge. We tailor our defense strategies to the specifics of your case, whether it's a first-time misdemeanor or a more severe felony charge. Our criminal law firm works diligently to reduce the severity of the charges against you or to have them dismissed altogether.

Penalties and Consequences of DUI Convictions

Penalties and consequences of DUI conviction

The penalties for a DUI conviction in Los Angeles can be severe and long-lasting.

Fines, License Suspension, and Probation

DUI convictions often result in fines, license suspension, and probation. The amount of the fine and the length of the suspension can vary. Probation terms can also differ based on the specifics of your case. Our lawyers aim to minimize these penalties, advocating for lower fines and shorter suspension periods.

A quick overview includes:

  • For a first-time misdemeanor DUI, you could face up to six months in county jail, fines between $390 and $1000 plus penalties and assessments, a 6-month driver's license suspension, and a three- or nine-month DUI program.
  • A second-offense misdemeanor DUI can lead to 96 hours to one year in county jail, fines from $390 to $1000 plus penalties and assessments, a 1-year license suspension, and an 18 or 30-month DUI program (under SB 38).
  • Facing a third misdemeanor DUI offense, you might get 120 days to one year in county jail, fines between $390 and $1000 plus penalties and assessments, a 2-year license suspension (three years without an IID), and a 30-month DUI program.
  • A DUI with injury as a misdemeanor carries a potential five days to one year in county jail, $390 to $5000 plus penalties and assessments in fines plus restitution, a 6-month license suspension (one year without an IID), and a DUI program lasting three, 18, or 30 months.
  • The first offense of DUI with injury as a felony can result in 16 months to 16 years in state prison, fines from $1015 to $5000 plus penalties and assessments plus restitution, a 1-year license suspension, and an 18 or 30-month DUI program.
  • A felony DUI conviction may include 16 months, two years, or three years in state prison, fines ranging from $390 to $1000 plus penalties and assessments, up to five years of driver's license suspension, and an 18 or 30-month DUI program.

Mandatory DUI Education Programs

Mandatory DUI education programs are often required for DUI offenders in Los Angeles. These programs aim to educate offenders about DUI risks and prevent future offenses. Our lawyers can provide guidance on navigating these requirements and ensuring compliance.

Potential Jail Time and Other Criminal Penalties

Jail time is a possibility in DUI cases, especially for repeat offenders or cases involving injuries. Our lawyers work tirelessly to avoid jail time for our clients. We explore all possible defenses and mitigating factors leading to reduced sentences or alternative penalties.

What to Do if You Are Arrested for DUI in Los Angeles

Knowing what steps to take is essential if you are arrested for DUI. First, remaining calm and cooperative during the arrest process is crucial. Remember, anything you say can be used against you in court. Our lawyers advise exercising your right to remain silent.

An experienced attorney can provide immediate assistance and guidance. Our team at Perlman & Cohen is available to help you navigate the legal challenges following a DUI arrest. We offer prompt and practical legal advice to protect your rights from the outset.

DUI Legal Process in Los Angeles

DUI legal process in Los Angeles

Arrest and Booking Procedures

After a DUI arrest in Los Angeles, you will go through booking procedures. This includes taking your fingerprints and photographs and recording your personal information. It's important to remember that you have the right to an attorney during this process. Our lawyers can assist you from the moment of your arrest.

DMV Administrative Hearings

In addition to criminal proceedings, DUI charges involve a DMV administrative hearing. This hearing determines the status of your driving privileges. It's separate from the criminal case but equally important. The DMV Administrative hearing is an urgent matter that needs legal attention as if you don’t have a hearing requested within 10 days, your driver's license will automatically be suspended after 30 days.  Our lawyers will demand that hearing the moment you hire.  Our lawyers represent you at these hearings, arguing for the retention of your driving license.

Court Proceedings and Timelines

Court proceedings for a DUI case in Los Angeles involve several steps, including arraignment, pretrial motions, and possibly a trial. Understanding the timeline and what to expect at each stage is crucial. Our lawyers guide you through this process, preparing you for each court appearance. We handle all legal procedures, aiming to expedite the process and achieve a favorable outcome.

DMV Administrative Hearing in Los Angeles

The DMV administrative hearing is a critical part of the DUI process. It's your opportunity to contest the suspension of your driver's license. Our lawyers represent you at this hearing, presenting evidence and arguments to support your case. We aim to maintain your driving privileges, which are essential for your daily life.

Common Defenses for DUI Cases

There are several common defenses used in DUI cases. They include:

Common defense for DUI cases

Inaccuracies in Breathalyzer or Blood Tests

Breathalyzer and blood tests are only sometimes accurate. Our lawyers know how to challenge the results of these tests. We look for errors in the testing process, calibration issues, and other factors that can affect the reliability of the results. Our goal is to cast doubt on the evidence against you.

Violation of Rights During the Arrest Process

Your rights must be respected during the arrest process. This includes appropriately administrating Miranda rights and lawful conduct by the arresting officers. Our lawyers examine the circumstances of your arrest, looking for any violations of your rights. If your rights were violated, we argue for excluding evidence or even dismissing your case.

Faulty Field Sobriety Tests

Field sobriety tests are not always accurate. Our lawyers challenge the validity of these tests in court. We question the conditions under which the tests were administered and the officer's interpretations of the results. Our aim is to show that these tests are not conclusive evidence of impairment.

Challenging the Reliability of the Arresting Officer's Testimony

The arresting officer's testimony is critical evidence in DUI cases. Our lawyers know how to challenge this testimony. We look for inconsistencies in the officer's statements and compare them against other evidence. Our goal is to question the credibility of the officer's account.

We prepare thoroughly, ensuring we can effectively challenge the officer's testimony. Our team focuses on highlighting any discrepancies or biases that may exist in the officer's account. We ensure the court hears a balanced and accurate representation of the events.

FAQs About DUI Cases in Los Angeles

What Should I Do if Pulled Over for DUI?

Stay calm and cooperate with the officer if you are pulled over for a potential DUI. However, you should avoid admitting to drinking or making any statements that could incriminate you.

Can I Refuse a Breathalyzer Test?

Although refusing a preliminary alcohol screening device is allowed. Refusing a breathalyzer test or blood test after arrest in Los Angeles can lead to automatic penalties, including a suspended license. Unfortunately, you DO NOT have the right to consult with an attorney before deciding whether to take a test.

How Long Will a DUI Stay On My Record?

In California, a DUI is priorable for ten years, which means if you are accused of another DUI within ten years of the first arrest, the new arrest can lead to more serious charges.  The DUI can be removed from your criminal record after a three-year probationary period, which will help with future employment.  The DUI remains on your driving record for the lifetime of the driver, but the points causing the effect of the higher insurance rates disappear after three years from the date of arrest.

How a Los Angeles DUI Lawyer Can Help You With Your DUI Charge

Legal Expertise in DUI Cases

Our lawyers have handled countless DUI cases in Los Angeles. We stay up-to-date with the latest DUI laws and defense strategies. Our team understands the nuances of these cases and how to navigate them effectively.

Understanding Local Court Procedures

We are well-versed in the local court procedures and customs in Los Angeles. This local knowledge is invaluable in preparing for your case. We know how to work within the system to achieve the best possible outcomes for our clients.

Building a Strong Defense Strategy

  1. Examining the Arrest Process: We meticulously analyze the details of your arrest to identify any procedural errors or rights violations.
  2. Challenging Evidence: We challenge the evidence against you, including BAC test results and officer testimony.
  3. Exploring Legal Loopholes: Our team explores every legal loophole and defense strategy to strengthen your case.

Fight Your Charges by Calling a Los Angeles DUI Lawyer | Call Our Los Angeles DUI Lawyer at Perlman & Cohen Los Angeles Criminal Lawyers Today

Fight your charges by calling a Los Angeles DUI lawyer

A DUI charge in Los Angeles can be overwhelming, but you don't have to face it alone. Contact us today for skilled and dedicated legal representation.

The state of California has tough law against drunk driving. Even a first time misdemeanor DUI offense can result in a jail sentence, probation and a driver’s license suspension. If you have been charged with felony DUI, however, the criminal and civil penalties you face are significantly enhanced, including the possibility of incarceration in a state prison.

Consult With A Los Angeles DUI Attorney Now!

To contact an experienced Los Angeles DUI defense attorney who can advise you of your rights and provide a strong defense on your behalf, contact the Law Offices of Daniel R. Perlman in Los Angeles, California; call (310) 557-1700 or contact us by e-mail. We have defended many clients throughout California charged with drunk driving, including felony DUI charges. As a former prosecutor, Daniel Perlman knows how to negotiate effectively, pursue favorable plea agreements on behalf of his clients, seek the dismissal of charges where appropriate and aggressively fight charges in court when necessary.

Felony DUI Charges In Los Angeles

A DUI may be a felony in Los Angeles in a number of ways:

The last thing you want is a felony conviction on your record. In addition to the possibility of serving a significant period of time in prison, a felony DUI conviction could significantly impair your future employment opportunities.

Defense Against Felony DUI Charges In Los Angeles

Do not attempt to negotiate with the prosecution on your own. Let an experienced Los Angeles Felony DUI defense lawyer at our firm protect your rights and seek the most favorable outcome on your behalf. There are a number of ways that we may be able to help:

  • If you are charged with felony DUI due to an accident causing injury to another driver, the prosecution must prove that you caused the accident. If the other driver ran a red light or otherwise caused the accident, we may be able to help you avoid a felony conviction.
  • We often utilize treatment options and other creative methods to present our clients to the prosecution as favorably as possible, which may improve the outcome of your case.
  • We look for police errors and other weaknesses in the prosecution’s case to determine if a case dismissal is possible, negotiate from a position of strength, prepare for trial and seek the most favorable resolutions for our clients.

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To schedule a free consultation with one of our Los Angeles DUI Lawyer, call (310) 557-1700 or contact us by e-mail.

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