The Burbank Courthouse is located at 300 East Olive Avenue in the city of Burbank. Berglund Law Office, P.C. has represented many individuals arrested for DUI in the city of Burbank. A good Burbank DUI lawyer is a must if DUI charges have been filed against you. The Burbank Courthouse handles both misdemeanor and felony DUI cases. Misdemeanor DUI complaints are aggressively prosecuted by the Burbank City Attorney's Office. Felony DUI cases are handled by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.
The first court appearance in a DUI criminal case is the arraignment. If a not guilty plea is entered, the arraignment is followed by one or more pre-trial hearings. If the matter has not been resolved, or dismissed, at the pre-trial stage then the case is set for trial. Misdemeanor cases are heard in either Dept. 2 with Judge Rotenberg or in Dept. 3 with Commissioner Nellon. They are both very good bench officers, although they can be tough on those charged with DUI. For example, Judge Rotenberg and Commissioner Nellon may order a person charged with DUI to attend Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) classes or wear an alcohol monitoring device if they wish to remain out of jail custody while the case is pending. These conditions are usually reserved for repeat offenders and/or those with DUI charges involving aggravating factors (such as being involved in an accident or having a very high blood alcohol content). In certain cases, the court may set bail. Bail is money that a person charged with a crime must pay to the court in order to be released from custody while the case is pending. This is rare in misdemeanor DUI cases but could happen on a 3rd DUI offense or a 2nd DUI offense involving a probation violation (for example, a person gets charged with a DUI while still on probation for their 1st DUI).
Felony DUI cases are heard in Dept. 1 with Judge Applegate. Bail is almost always set in felony DUI matters. There are three situations in which a DUI can be a felony: 1) if it is a fourth offense within a ten year period; 2) the current DUI involves injury or death to another person; and 3) the person charged has a prior felony DUI conviction within the past ten years. Felony DUI cases are treated very seriously by both Judge Applegate and the Los Angeles County District Attorney. If you are facing felony DUI charges it is best to hire a good DUI lawyer to represent you.
Do not to go to court alone and represent yourself. If you absolutely cannot afford an attorney, request the judge to appoint the Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office to represent you. If you can hire an attorney, make sure you choose one that has experience specifically in DUI cases. Berglund Law Office, P.C. specializes in representing individuals arrested for DUI. If you have been arrested for DUI in Burbank, CONTACT our office today for a free and confidential consultation.