Criminal Case and DMV Action
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. Call us at (877) 203-4377 or submit our CONTACT form today to speak with an experienced Pasadena DUI lawyer. If you were arrested for DUI in Pasadena it is best to seek representation of a good DUI attorney for both the criminal charges and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) administrative action that will be taken against you.
Pasadena DUI Criminal Charges Filed
If you are arrested for DUI in Pasadena, 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. Multiple DUI convictions can result in substantial jail time and, if you are not United States citizen, adverse immigration consequences. Pasadena misdemeanor and felony DUI cases will be filed at the Pasadena 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. CONTACT Pasadena DUI lawyer Robert D. Berglund today for a free DUI consultation.
10 Days to Request Pasadena DMV Hearing
DUI is a criminal offense, not to be mistaken with a traffic violation such as speeding or running a red light. A DUI conviction can carry serious driver's license consequences. If you were arrested on suspicion of DUI involving alcohol, or if you refused to submit to a breath or blood test following your DUI arrest, the Pasadena 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 DMV Administrative Per Se (APS) hearing from the DMV Driver Safety Office.
No Hearing = Automatic Driver's License Suspension
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 Pasadena DUI lawyer should be contacted as soon as possible following a DUI arrest to ensure that your driving privilege is protected.
Pasadena's Crackdown on DUI Drivers
The Pasadena Police Department keeps a strong presence around Old Town Pasadena and conducts regular patrols looking for alcohol related disturbances and DUI drivers. The California Highway Patrol also assists in DUI patrols on the 210 and 110 freeways. Both agencies conduct DUI saturation patrols where officers look for drivers that are possibly impaired. If officers observe a vehicle driving erratically or committing any number of moving violations they will initiate a traffic stop. Upon contacting the driver, if officers observe objective symptoms of intoxication, such as red/watery eyes, slurred speech, or the odor of alcohol, the driver will be instructed to get out of the vehicle and a DUI investigation will be performed.
DUI checkpoints are common in Pasadena. DUI patrols and DUI checkpoints are common around the Old Town and Downtown areas of Pasadena. A major benefit of DUI checkpoints is the deterrent effect that they have on those who might drive drunk or drugged, bringing about more awareness and encouraging people to use rideshare drivers, taxis, or public transportation. If you are DUI in Pasadena you will be arrested. Misdemeanor DUI arrest reports from Pasadena are forwarded to the Pasadena City Prosecutor for criminal prosecution. Felony DUI arrest reports are forwarded to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. If you need a Pasadena DUI lawyer to defend you against DUI charges, CONTACT our office today.
Zero Tolerance for DUI in Pasadena
The city of Pasadena has a population of approximately 140,000 people. Pasadena is best known for hosting the annual Rose Bowl college football game and Tournament of Roses Parade. It is also home to several educational and cultural institutions, including the California Institute of Technology, Fuller Theological Seminary, and the Pasadena Playhouse, to name only a few. Old Town Pasadena, spanning over 20 blocks downtown, is popular among both locals and visitors. Old Town Pasadena has many retail shops, restaurants, outdoor cafes, bars, and nightclubs, which attracts many pedestrians to its streets. Law enforcement officers watch patrons depart from these popular locations and are looking for bad driving that will provide them with a lawful reason to stop the vehicle. If they observe objective symptoms of impairment (such as bloodshot watery eyes, slurred speech, or the odor of alcohol), a DUI investigation will be performed.
Dedicated Pasadena DUI Defense Lawyer
If you have been arrested for DUI, CONTACT a skilled Pasadena 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 Pasadena DUI charges, CONTACT our office today for a free and confidential consultation. Berglund Law Office, P.C. represents its clients in court and at the DMV.