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DUI Cases at the Van Nuys Courthouse

Posted by Robert Berglund | Feb 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

Many Driving Under the Influence (DUI) cases are filed at the Van Nuys Courthouse, located at 14400 Erwin Street in Van Nuys.  This is due to the large jurisdictional area of the Van Nuys Court, which covers a large geographical area of San Fernando Valley.  DUI arrests which occur in Sherman Oak...

Bail in DUI Cases

Posted by Robert Berglund | Feb 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

Following a persons arrest for DUI, he or she may be released on their own recognizance (OR) by the law enforcement agency.  This means the person is released from custody after promising to appear in court.  The person is usually asked to sign a written promise to appear which provide the cou...

New 2018 Laws

Posted by Robert Berglund | Dec 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

There are several new California laws beginning on January 1, 2018.  The biggest one taking effect is that recreational marijuana will be legal to buy and sell in California.  The regulatory framework is still being worked out in many cities.  Los Angeles and San Francisco are among those that wo...

Thanksgiving Weekend DUI Arrests and Deaths

Posted by Robert Berglund | Nov 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

Law enforcement officers were on maximum enforcement for DUI drivers over this past holiday weekend.  The numbers are still being reported but it appears DUI arrests were up from last year, at least in some parts of the state.  The California Highway Patrol reported that in San Diego County there...

Burbank Police Arrest 'Shameless' Actor for DUI

Posted by Robert Berglund | Nov 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Burbank police officers recently arrested Shameless actor Ethan Cutkosky for Driving Under the Influence.  TMZ.com reported that officers smelled marijuana coming from Ethans vehicle after they stopped him for straddling traffic lanes.  Ethan reportedly did not perform well on the field sobrie...

DUI Cases at the Airport Courthouse

Posted by Robert Berglund | Nov 07, 2017 | 0 Comments

Many Driving Under the Influence (DUI) cases are filed at the Airport Courthouse.  This is due to the Airport Courts jurisdiction encompassing a large geographical area.  DUI arrests which occur in Westchester, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Century City, Brentwood, Venice, Mar Vista, Marina del R...

DUI Laws for Commercial Drivers

Posted by Robert Berglund | Oct 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

A commercial drivers license is required to operate commercial or heavy vehicles. A commercial vehicle is any type of motor vehicle used for transporting goods or paid paid passengers.  California DUI laws for commercial drivers are strict.  The legal limit for a driver operating a commercial ve...

Weaving as Basis for Traffic Stop

Posted by Robert Berglund | Oct 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

As we have discussed previously on our blog, law enforcement officers need reasonable suspicion to initiate a traffic stop upon a vehicle.  A driver who was speeding, weaving between lanes, rolling through a stop light or sign, driving with expired registration, talking on a cell phone, or textin...

Dashcam and Body Camera Video in DUI Cases

Posted by Robert Berglund | Sep 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Technology is beginning to play an important part in DUI investigations.  Many law enforcement officers have dashcam videos in their patrol vehicles.  The California Highway Patrol calls them MVARS, short for Mobile Video Audio Recording System.  The Los Angeles Police Department refers to them...

DUI Probation Terms

Posted by Robert Berglund | Sep 06, 2017 | 0 Comments

If you are convicted of Driving Under the Influence you will will likely be placed on probation.  If it is a misdemeanor offense it will be informal, or summary probation.  This means that you do not have to report to a probation officer or the Los Angeles County Probation Department.  If you wer...

What Happens at the DMV Hearing?

Posted by Robert Berglund | Aug 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

As discussed on our DMV Hearings page, if you are arrested for DUI the officers are required by California law to serve a notice of driving privilege suspension/revocation order if the arrested driver does any of the following: 1) submits to a breath test with the results showing .08 or higher ...

Can You Go To Jail if Convicted of DUI?

Posted by Robert Berglund | Jul 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

The short answer is yes, you may go to jail if convicted for DUI.  How long you may go to jail depends on several factors, including 1) whether you have any prior offenses; 2) whether another person was injured or killed as a result of your conduct; and 3) whether you refused to submit to a breat...

What Happens During a DUI Investigation?

Posted by Robert Berglund | Jul 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

There are a number of ways that a law enforcement officer can come into contact with a driver, including a traffic stop, following an accident, and at a DUI checkpoint.  Our previous blog post "What Leads To a DUI Investigation?" discussed this issue.  Let's assume that the initial encounter betw...

4th of July Weekend DUI Patrols

Posted by Robert Berglund | Jun 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

With the 4th of July next Tuesday, law enforcement officials will be on a heightened alert for DUI drivers over the long holiday weekend, which begins Friday, June 30.  A press release from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) warns that "the LAPD and other law enforcement agencies will be lo...

Court Ordered Alcoholics Anonymous Classes in DUI Cases

Posted by Robert Berglund | Jun 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a support group whose stated "primary purpose" is to help alcoholics "stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety."  AA members follow the principles outlined in "The Big Book, which suggests a twelve-step program in which members admit that they are powerle...

Residential Alcohol and Drug Treatment Programs

Posted by Robert Berglund | May 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

A person convicted of 3rd offense DUI faces 120 days minimum in county jail.  A person convicted of a felony DUI could be sentenced to years in prison.  A good DUI Lawyer will discuss alternative sentencing options with the prosecutor and Judge.  One such option may be for the client to serve his...

Times Square Driver Arrested on Suspicion of DUI

Posted by Robert Berglund | May 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

Tragedy struck New York City today when an alleged DUI driver plowed into a crowd in Times Square.  The driver was allegedly high on synthetic marijuana at the time of the incident.  A 26 year old man named Richard Rojas was arrested following the crash which killed one person and injured at leas...

How Long is My DUI License Suspension?

Posted by Robert Berglund | May 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

If you are convicted of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) you're California driver's license will be suspended.  The length of suspension will be determined by a number of factors, including the number of prior offenses you have, whether or not the DUI involved injury, how high your blood alcohol...

Mandatory Watson Admonition in DUI Cases

Posted by Robert Berglund | May 09, 2017 | 0 Comments

If you are convicted of reckless driving involving alcohol ("wet reckless"), DUI, or DUI with injury, the Court will read you the following admonition during sentencing:  "You are hereby advised that being under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or both, impairs your ability to safely operate a...

Restitution in DUI Cases

Posted by Robert Berglund | Apr 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Restitution is defined as an act of making good, or giving the equivalent for, any loss, damage or injury.  Restitution is frequently ordered by the courts in DUI cases involving injury or property damage.  Criminal courts will order payment of restitution by the defendant to the victim as a cond...

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