Los Angeles DUI Defense Lawyer

DUI Defense Firm Defending Clients Accused of Drunk Driving Offenses in Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties in California

At The Justice Firm, our Los Angeles DUI Attorneys know the serious consequences of being convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or illegal drugs or narcotics. Those convicted not only face penalties which may include steep fines, driver's license suspension, and possible jail/prison time, but loss of reputation, increased/cancelled auto insurance, and the requirement to attend alcohol education programs. Public transportation is not widely available in Southern California; losing your driving privileges can seriously impact your career and personal life.

Many people who are pulled over on suspicion of DUI believe if they are guilty, they have no option but to cooperate and suffer the consequences. The fact is, unless you plead guilty or no content to the charge, you are innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Our Los Angeles DUI defense firm is dedicated to protecting your legal rights, and achieving the best possible outcome so that the damage to your reputation and life is minimized.

Aggressively Defending DUI Charges in Los Angeles and Surrounding Areas

When possible, our focus is to have DUI charges against our clients dismissed. When this is not possible, having the charge reduced can result in penalties which are less harsh, and less damage to the client's life, career, and reputation. Those in need of a capable and experienced Los Angeles DUI lawyer can rely on our team for aggressive, effective legal guidance and representation. We will thoroughly review the details of your case and work with you closely to develop a strong defense, exploring any potential weaknesses in the prosecutor's case. Our experience and in-depth understanding of this area of criminal law allows us to reach the desired outcome in the majority of cases.

Additionally, the criminal justice process involves humans, which means mistakes may be made by police, prosecutors, even judges. Police must have reasonable suspicion to pull you over; breath tests are not always accurate or reliable. The results of field sobriety tests rely for the most part on the administrating police officer's opinion. Police must follow proper procedure; any misstep or question of whether breath testing equipment was operating properly may be used to your advantage. We will explore all options and leave no stone unturned in our efforts to obtain your desired outcome.

California DUI Penalties

The penalties you will face if convicted of a DUI offense depend on a number of factors, including whether it is a first or subsequent offense and other aggravating factors.

First offense -

Summary or informal probation for three to five years
Fines of between $390 and $1,000
Up to six months in county jail
Driver's license suspension for six to ten months; most individuals may have the suspension converted to a restricted license, which makes it possible to drive to and from school, work, or DUI school.

Second offense -

Summary probation for three to five years
Fines of between $390 and $1,000
Up to one year in county jail (96 hours minimum)
Driver's license suspension up to two years, with no eligibility for a restricted license before twelve months
18 months to 30 months completion of DUI school, court approved

Third offense -

Informal probation three to five years
Fines of between $390 and $1,000
Up to one year in county jail (120 days minimum)
30 month DUI education program approved by the court and successfully completed
Driver's license revocation period of three years, with no eligibility for a restricted license before 18 months

Other criminal penalties may apply depending on whether an accident occurred as a result of impaired driving, or whether anyone was injured or killed.

As you can see, the penalties for a DUI conviction in Los Angeles are extremely harsh. Contact our Los Angeles DUI defense attorneys now for unsurpassed legal representation.

Call The Justice Firm Now

When facing charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, it is essential to choose an attorney with a successful, proven track record. We will work vigorously to protect you from harsh criminal penalties, and the damages a conviction can have on your reputation, career, and other aspects of your life.

Contact us immediately for a free consultation at (310)914-2444.

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