Echo Park DUI Lawyer
CONTACT our office if you received a DUI in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Echo Park. Berglund Law Office, P.C. is a law firm that specializes in defending persons arrested for DUI. 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. If you were arrested for DUI involving alcohol you will likely have two separate actions against you: criminal charges and a DMV administrative action.
10 Days to Request DMV Administrative Hearing
A DUI can have serious negative consequences to your driver's license. If you were arrested on suspicion of DUI involving alcohol, or refused to submit to a breath or blood test following your arrest, the Los Angeles Police Department 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 do not request an APS hearing timely, your driver's license will automatically be suspended in 30 days when the temporary license expires. How long the license remains suspended will depend on whether you have prior DUI offenses and whether or not you refused a test. An experienced Echo Park DUI Lawyer should be contacted as soon as possible following a DUI arrest to ensure that your driving privilege is protected.
DUI Criminal Charges Filed
If you are arrested for DUI in Echo Park, 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. Misdemeanor Echo Park DUI cases will be filed at the Metropolitan Courthouse. Felony Echo Park DUI cases will be filed at the Criminal Courts Building in Downtown Los Angeles. Do not go to Court alone and represent yourself. Do not assume that you must plea guilty to DUI and have no other options. Berglund Law Office, P.C. specializes in representation of persons facing DUI charges. Call our office today at (877) 203-4377 or fill out our CONTACT form to speak with an experienced and knowledgeable Echo Park DUI lawyer.
Types of DUI Cases
Use of any substance that impairs your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle can result in you being arrested for DUI. This can include alcohol, illegal drugs, marijuana, and prescription drugs. If LAPD officers contact a driver, either due to a traffic stop, following an accident, or at a DUI checkpoint, and they believe that the driver is under the influence of anything, a DUI investigation will be initiated. If the driver fails to perform well on the field sobriety tests, shows other signs of impairment, or provides a preliminary breath test result of .08 or higher, he or she will be placed under arrest for DUI. Our office handles all types of DUI cases. CONTACT us today if you have been arrested for DUI in Echo Park.
DUI Patrols in Echo Park
Located northwest of downtown Los Angeles, the Echo Park neighborhood is home to about 45,000 people. To keep the Echo Park community safe, the Los Angeles Police Department is always on the lookout for DUI drivers. DUI patrols and DUI checkpoints are common in the area. Echo Park is known as one of Los Angeles' hippest neighborhoods and is home to many bars, nightclubs, and restaurants. Echo Park also borders Elysian Park, which is located to its east. Elysian Park is home to Dodger Stadium where hundreds of thousands of fans attend Los Angeles Dodgers baseball games each week during the season when the team is at home. LAPD officers are on heightened alert for intoxicated fans leaving Dodger Stadium and traveling into the Echo Park neighborhood to continue drinking at local bars. Law enforcement officers watch patrons depart from Dodger Stadium and look for bad driving that will provide them with a lawful reason to stop the vehicle. If officers observe signs of intoxication, such as red/watery eyes, or they smell alcohol on the driver, officers will detain the driver and conduct a DUI investigation. One mistake in judgment following a night of fun can result in an arrest for DUI.
DUI arrest reports from Echo Park 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 Echo Park DUI Lawyer to defend you against DUI charges, CONTACT our office today.
Dedicated Echo Park DUI Defense Lawyer
If you have been arrested for DUI, CONTACT a skilled Echo Park DUI Lawyer today. DUI Attorney Robert D. Berglund will personally speak with you about what happened. The information that you provide will allow him to conduct a preliminary evaluation of your case and look for any problems of proof that the prosecution may have in proving its DUI case against you. Do not delay if you have been arrested for DUI in Echo Park, CONTACT our office today for a free and confidential consultation.