Northridge DUI Lawyer
Berglund Law Office, P.C. specializes in representing individuals 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. Call our office today at (877) 203-4377 or submit our online CONTACT form if you were arrested for DUI in Northridge.
Two Separate Actions Against You
If you have been arrested for a DUI involving alcohol and you provided a chemical test of .08 or higher blood alcohol content, the officers that arrested you likely seized your California driver's license. The officers then mailed it to the DMV, along with a DS367 form which provides the DMV with the DUI information that they need in order to suspend your license. There will be a DMV action against you and criminal charges filed in court. One or both can result in a driver's license suspension.
10 Days to Request DMV Hearing
If you were arrested on suspicion of DUI involving alcohol in Northridge, the LAPD 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.
License Suspension Period
How long the license remains suspended will depend on whether this is a first, second, or third offense (or greater). If you refused to submit to a breath or blood test following your DUI arrest the suspension period will be one, two, or three years (depending on how many prior DUI convictions you have). Another factor is your age. CSUN students and others under the age of 21 who are arrested for DUI face much harsher consequences. An experienced Northridge DUI Lawyer should be contacted as soon as possible following a DUI arrest to ensure that your driving privilege is protected.
Criminal Charges Filed
DUI is a criminal matter. It is not something that is handled in traffic court. If you are arrested for DUI in Northridge, 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. It can effect employment, finances, child custody agreements, and student loan eligibility. A jail sentence means a loss of freedom.
Northridge DUI cases at Van Nuys Courthouse
Northridge misdemeanor and felony DUI cases will be filed at the Van Nuys Courthouse. DUI Arraignments are held in Dept. 103. The Judges at this Court can be particularly tough when it comes to persons facing DUI charges, ordering mandatory attendance at Alcoholics Anonymous as a condition of OR release and setting bail for persons charged with a 2nd or 3rd DUI offense or a DUI probation violation. Do not go to Court alone and represent yourself. Do not assume that you must plea guilty to DUI and have no other options.
If you are caught DUI in Northridge you will be arrested. Misdemeanor DUI arrest reports from Northridge are forwarded to the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office for criminal prosecution. If you are arrested for felony DUI in Northridge, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office will file a criminal complaint against you. Bail is usually set if you are arrested for felony DUI. CONTACT our office today to speak with a Northridge DUI Lawyer if you have been arrested for drunk or impaired driving.
DUI Enforcement Around Cal State Northridge
Northridge is a community in the San Fernando Valley in the City of Los Angeles. Northridge is best known for being home to California State University Northridge (CSUN), home of the Matadors, and, infamously, for the 6.7 magnitude earthquake in 1994. If you are arrested for DUI in Northridge it is best to contact an attorney as soon as possible. Since Northridge is within the city of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Police Department has jurisdiction and, along with the California Highway Patrol and CSUN Police Department, its officers are always on the lookout for DUI drivers, both on the Northridge city streets and along the 118 freeway. DUI patrols are frequently conducted along Nordoff St., Lassen St., Reseda Blvd., Zelzah Ave., and other streets in the neighborhood surrounding Cal State Northridge. LAPD's Devonshire Community Police Station on Etiwanda Ave. serves the Northridge community. LAPD conducts DUI checkpoints in the area on weekend nights looking for college students leaving fraternity and sorority parties around CSUN. The DUI checkpoints are a strategy that the Los Angeles Police Department is committed to in supporting Vision Zero, which is the City of Los Angeles goal of ending all traffic related collision deaths by 2025.
Dedicated Northridge DUI Defense Lawyer
If you have been arrested for DUI, CONTACT a skilled Northridge DUI Lawyer today. DUI Attorney Robert D. Berglund will personally speak with you about your case. 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 possible defenses to the DUI charges that are being brought against you. Do not delay if you are facing Northridge DUI charges, CONTACT our office today for a free and confidential consultation.