Encino DUI Lawyer
Berglund Law Office, P.C. is a law firm that specializes in defending persons arrested for Driving Under the Influence. DUI Attorney Robert D. Berglund vigorously represents his clients to ensure that they are treated fairly under the law and receive the best possible outcome in their cases.
Encino is a Los Angeles neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley. It is located in the central portion of the southern San Fernando Valley and on the north slope of the Santa Monica Mountains. The homes south of Ventura Boulevard are popular residences for many in the entertainment industry. Encino real estate is also more reasonably priced than homes over the hill in the city so many professionals that work on the Westside commute from Encino. Despite the suburban feel that Encino provides, law enforcement agencies patrol for DUI drivers just as aggressively as they do in the city. Encino residents are told to call 911 to report suspected DUI drivers.
DUI Patrols in Encino
The Los Angeles Police Department has jurisdiction and, along with the California Highway Patrol, are always on the lookout for DUI drivers, both on the Encino city streets and the 101 and 405 freeways. Misdemeanor DUI arrest reports from Encino are forwarded to the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office for criminal prosecution. Felony DUI arrest reports are forwarded to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. If you need an Encino DUI Lawyer to defend you against DUI charges, CONTACT our office today.
What Happens After I Am Arrested?
DUI is a criminal offense, not to be mistaken with a traffic violation such as speeding or running a red light. If you were arrested on suspicion of Driving Under the Influence of alcohol, the LAPD or other law enforcement officers likely confiscated your driver's license and issued a pink "temporary" license that is good for 30 days. However, you only have 10 days from the arrest date to request a Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Administrative Per Se (APS) hearing from the DMV Driver Safety Office. If you fail to request an APS hearing, your driver's license will automatically be suspended upon expiration of the temporary license. How long the license remains suspended will depend on whether you have prior DUI offenses and how many. An experienced Encino DUI Lawyer should be contacted as soon as possible following a DUI arrest to ensure that your driving privilege is protected.
Your Criminal Charges
If you are arrested for DUI in Encino, a criminal complaint will be filed against you unless the prosecutor declines to file the case due to insufficient evidence. A DUI conviction can have a devastating impact on a person's life, adversely affecting employment, finances, child custody agreements, and freedom. Encino misdemeanor and felony DUI cases will usually be filed at the Van Nuys Courthouse. Do not go to Court alone and represent yourself. Do not assume that you must plea guilty to DUI and have no other options.
Types of DUI Cases
You can be arrested for Driving Under the Influence of alcohol, illegal drugs, marijuana, and prescription drugs. If the LAPD or CHP officers believe that your ability to drive has been impaired, a DUI investigation will be initiated. If you were observed driving recklessly, got into an accident, fail to perform well on the field sobriety tests, or show other signs of impairment, you will be placed under arrest and face criminal DUI charges. The possible defenses to the charges vary depending on the type of case and the specific circumstances. In addition to listening to your recollection of the events of the incident, a good DUI Lawyer will thoroughly review the police report, review any and all available audio or video of the investigation and arrest, and consult with an expert to review breath and/or blood analysis records. A customized "game plan" to defend you will then be developed.
Dedicated Encino DUI Defense Lawyer
If you have been arrested for DUI, CONTACT a skilled Encino DUI Lawyer today. DUI Attorney Robert D. Berglund will personally speak with you about what happened. He will ask you to tell him your story and explain exactly what happened, understanding that each and every DUI case is unique in its own way. This information will allow him to evaluate your case carefully and look for any problems of proof that the prosecution may have in proving its DUI case against you. Do not delay if you are facing Encino DUI charges, CONTACT our office today for a free and confidential consultation.