Azusa DUI Lawyer
Berglund Law Office, P.C. is a law firm that specializes in defending persons arrested for Driving Under the Influence. CONTACT our office today if you have been arrested for DUI in Azusa. 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.
DUI Patrols and Checkpoints in Azusa
The Azusa Police Department keeps a strong presence throughout the city conducting regular traffic patrols, with an emphasis on patrols looking for DUI drivers. Azusa Police also conduct DUI sobriety checkpoints. The California Highway Patrol also assists in DUI saturation patrols on and around the 210 freeway. DUI saturation patrols are when officers are on the beat looking for driving patterns of impaired drivers. For example, drivers that are weaving between lanes, stopped in traffic for no reason, tailgating other cars, etc. will draw the suspicion of officers who may legally stop them due to those traffic infractions. If the officer observes objective symptoms of intoxication or impairment when they interact with the driver then a DUI investigation will be started.
DUI checkpoints are locations where law enforcement officers are stationed to check drivers for signs of intoxication and impairment. Azusa Police utilize sobriety checkpoints as part of its drunk driving deterrence program. If you are caught driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over .08 in Azusa you will be arrested. If you are driving in Azusa while high on drugs you will be arrested. Misdemeanor and felony DUI arrest reports from Azusa are forwarded to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office for criminal prosecution. If your BAC test result was .08 or greater, you will be charged with both Section 23152(a) and 23152(b) of the Vehicle Code. If you are suspected of driving while under the influence of marijuana or other drugs you will be charged with violating Vehicle Code Section 23152(f). If you need an Azusa DUI Lawyer to defend you against DUI charges, CONTACT our office today.
10 Days to Request Azusa DMV Hearing
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 Azusa Police Department or California Highway Patrol officers likely confiscated your driver's license and issued a pink "temporary" license that is good for 30 days. However, what the arresting officer may not have made clear to you at the time is that 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 or not you have prior DUI offenses and how many. An experienced Azusa DUI Lawyer should be contacted as soon as possible following a DUI arrest to ensure that your driving privilege is protected. Do not assume that you must plea guilty to DUI and have no other options.
Alcohol and Drug DUI Defense Lawyer
You can be arrested for Driving Under the Influence of alcohol, marijuana, illegal drugs, such as methamphetamine, and prescription drugs. If law enforcement 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, provide a PAS breathalyzer test result of .08 or greater, or show other signs of impairment, you will be placed under arrest for DUI.
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, request all items of evidence that the Los Angeles County District Attorney, the prosecuting agency at the West Covina Courthouse, will use against you, and consult with an expert to review the breath testing equipment records and/or blood analysis records. A customized "game plan" to defend you will then be developed.
Azusa Criminal Charges Filed
If you are arrested for DUI in Azusa, 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.
West Covina Courthouse
Azusa misdemeanor and felony DUI cases will be filed at the West Covina Courthouse. The West Covina judges have a reputation for being tough on DUI defendants. If misdemeanor criminal charges are filed against you, the case will be assigned to one of the following courtrooms: Dept. 5 - Judge Joan Chrostek; Dept. 7 - Judge Christian Gullon; Dept. 8 - Judge Stacy Weise; Dept. 9 - Judge David Brougham; or Dept. 10 - Judge Peter Hernandez. As a condition of OR or bail, you may be ordered to attend Alcoholic Anonymous classes. If you have a prior DUI offense, are currently on probation for DUI and picked up a new DUI case, or had a very high BAC result you may be ordered to install a SCRAM alcohol monitoring bracelet. Do not go to Court alone and represent yourself. CONTACT our office today and hire an experienced Azusa DUI Lawyer who is familiar with the Judges and prosecutors at the West Covina Courthouse.
Dedicated Azusa DUI Defense Lawyer
The city of Azusa is located in the San Gabriel Valley east of Los Angeles. Azusa has a population of nearly 50,000 people. Azusa lies along the 210 (Foothill Freeway) between the 605 (San Gabriel River Freeway) and the 57 (Orange Freeway). Azusa is located along historic Route 66, which passes through the city on Foothill Boulevard and Alosta Avenue. The city is home to Azusa Pacific University, home to over 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students.
If you have been arrested for DUI, CONTACT a skilled Azusa 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 prosecutors may have in proving the DUI case against you. Do not delay if you are facing Azusa DUI charges, CONTACT our office today for a free and confidential consultation.