Arrested for DUI in Hermosa?
Do not go to court alone and represent yourself following a DUI arrest in Hermosa Beach. 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. CONTACT our office today for a free consultation.
DUI Enforcement in Hermosa Beach
With it's vibrant nightlife scene, Hermosa Beach is very popular among college students and other young adults. However, it is also home to very affluent residents, including many with families and children. The Hermosa Beach Police Department has zero tolerance for alcohol related disturbances and DUI drivers. The Hermosa PD keeps a strong presence around the Hermosa Pier and Hermosa Avenue where a high volume of bars and nightclubs are located.
DUI Saturation Patrols
Officers conduct regular patrols for criminal activity, including DUI saturation patrols looking for DUI drivers. A DUI saturation patrol is when a large number of officers patrol a certain area looking for drivers that may be impaired. In Hermosa Beach, this is frequently along Hermosa Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway. Officers look for certain driving behavior, such as weaving, following other vehicles too closely, and failing to yield the right of way, that may suggest the driver is DUI. Any of these traffic infractions will provide the officers with a basis to stop the driver. If the driver displays objective symptoms of impairment (for example, they have red/watery eyes and smell like alcohol) then a DUI investigation will be performed.
10 Days to Request 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 Hermosa Beach 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.
No DMV Hearing = Automatic License Suspension
If you fail to request an APS hearing, your driver's license will automatically be suspended in 30 days 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, and whether or not you refused to submit to a breath or blood test as required by California's implied consent law. An experienced Hermosa Beach DUI Lawyer should be contacted as soon as possible following a DUI arrest to ensure that your driving privilege is protected.
Criminal Charges Filed
If you are arrested for DUI in Hermosa Beach, a criminal complaint will be filed against you unless the prosecutor declines to file the case due to insufficient evidence. Misdemeanor DUI arrest reports are sent to the Hermosa Beach City Prosecutor for criminal prosecution. Felony DUI arrest reports from Hermosa Beach are forwarded to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. If you need a Hermosa Beach DUI Lawyer to defend you against DUI charges, CONTACT our office today.
A DUI conviction can have a devastating impact on a person's life, adversely affecting employment, finances, child custody agreements, and freedom. Misdemeanor and felony DUI cases will be filed at the Torrance 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.
Life in Hermosa Beach
Hermosa Beach is one of the three Beach Cities in the South Bay. Hermosa Beach is famous for volleyball, surfing, and sunbathing. It is popular among locals and visitors alike. The Strand is the paved walking path that extends along the beach from north to south. The Hermosa Beach Pier is home to shopping, dining, and partying. Fiesta Hermosa is a popular arts, crafts, and music festival which is held every Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. The AVP Hermosa Beach Open is held every July and attracts tens of thousands of visitors. Hermosa Beach is also home to an exciting nightlife with numerous bars along the Hermosa Pier, including such popular pubs Hennessey's Tavern, American Junkie, Patrick Molloy's, and Baja Sharkeez to name just a few.
Hermosa DUI Lawyer
If you have been arrested for DUI, CONTACT a skilled Hermosa Beach 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 Hermosa Beach DUI charges, CONTACT our office today for a free and confidential consultation.