Malibu DUI Lawyer
Berglund Law Office, P.C. is a law firm that specializes in defending persons arrested for Driving Under the Influence. 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. Do not delay and CONTACT an experienced DUI Lawyer following a DUI arrest in Malibu.
DUI Enforcement in Malibu
Law enforcement officers are on heightened alert for DUI drivers in Malibu to keep them off the roads so that Malibu maintains its good reputation and remains a top tourist destination. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has jurisdiction and operates its Malibu/Lost Hills Station in Calabasas, serving Malibu under contract with the city. DUI saturation patrols and DUI checkpoints on Pacific Coast Highway are conducted regularly in Malibu. DUI checkpoints have been shown to lower DUI deaths and injuries. DUI arrest reports from Malibu are forwarded to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office for criminal prosecution. If you need a Malibu DUI Lawyer to defend you against DUI charges, CONTACT our office today.
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 Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies or other law enforcement 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 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 Malibu 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 Malibu, 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 and felony Malibu DUI cases will be filed at the Van Nuys Courthouse. The court case begins with the arraignment, which will be held in Dept. 103 with Commissioner Alan Rubin. Do not go to Court alone and represent yourself. Do not assume that you must plea guilty to DUI and have no other options.
Drunk Driving and Drugged Driving
You can be arrested for Driving Under the Influence of alcohol, illegal drugs, marijuana, and prescription drugs. If the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies or other 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, or show other signs of impairment, you will be placed under arrest for DUI. If you make an illegal turn to avoid a DUI checkpoint, officers will follow you and pull you over. 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 will use against you, and consult with an expert to review breath and/or blood analysis records. A customized "game plan" to defend you will then be developed to best defend you.
Dedicated Malibu DUI Defense Lawyer
Malibu is a very affluent coastal community west of Los Angeles and is home to many movie stars and other famous people. The beautiful beaches of Malibu have been used as the location or setting for many films, television programs, and music videos. Malibu is home to the gorgeous Pepperdine University campus.
If you have been arrested for DUI, CONTACT a skilled Malibu 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 Malibu DUI charges, CONTACT our office today for a free and confidential consultation.