San Fernando 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. CONTACT our office today if you have been arrested for DUI in San Fernando.
San Fernando is a small city of approximately 25,000. Located in the San Fernando Valley, it is surrounded by the City of Los Angeles. San Fernando has its own mayor, city council, and police department. It's schools belong to the Los Angeles Unified School District, which is the largest employer in San Fernando.
DUI Enforcement and Checkpoints in San Fernando
The San Fernando Police Department has jurisdiction in the city of San Fernando. The department works closely with the Los Angeles Police Department, particularly during major incidents, which include pursuing suspected DUI drivers who are evading arrest. The San Fernando Police work with other law enforcement agencies as well when it comes to DUI enforcement, including in the operation of DUI checkpoints. 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. DUI saturation patrols are conducted throughout the city of San Fernando, especially on weekend evenings. These patrols provide an emphasis on locating drunk and drug impaired drivers. Officers are on the lookout for reckless driving patterns that may suggest a driver is DUI. If you have been arrested for DUI in San Fernando, CONTACT an experienced San Fernando DUI Lawyer immediately.
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, and the breath test(s) reflected a BAC of .08 or greater, the San Fernando Police Department 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 you have prior DUI offenses and how many. An experienced San Fernando DUI Lawyer should be contacted as soon as possible following a DUI arrest to ensure that your driving privilege is protected.
DUI Cases Involving Alcohol or Drugs
You can be arrested for Driving Under the Influence of alcohol, illegal drugs, marijuana, and prescription drugs. If 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. 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 prosecuting agency, either the Los Angeles City Attorney or 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 against the charges.
Criminal Charges Filed
If you are arrested for DUI in San Fernando, 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, and child custody agreements. It can also result in jail time. San Fernando misdemeanor and felony DUI cases will be filed at the San Fernando Courthouse, located at 900 Third Street in San Fernando. DUI arraignments are held in either Dept. M (Commissioner Sharon Miller) or Dept. S (Judge Jeffrey Harkavy). If a not guilty plea is entered at the arraignment, the case will be assigned to a different courtroom for the rest of the case. 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 a good San Fernando DUI Lawyer today.
Dedicated San Fernando DUI Defense Lawyer
If you have been arrested for DUI, CONTACT a skilled San Fernando 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 DUI charges at the San Fernando Courthouse, CONTACT our office today for a free and confidential consultation.