DUI is a Criminal Matter
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 feel as if your situation is hopeless because you have been arrested for DUI. Call a knowledgeable and experienced Studio City DUI lawyer today at (877) 203-4377 or submit our CONTACT form today for a free and confidential consultation about your case.
DMV Administrative Action
If you have been arrested for DUI in Studio City which involved alcohol you will have two separate actions initiated against you: a criminal case and a Department of Motor Vehicles administrative action. If you were arrested on suspicion of DUI with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher, or if you refused to submit to a breath or blood test following a DUI arrest, the Los Angeles Police Department or other law enforcement officers likely confiscated your driver's license and issued a pink sheet of paper which serves as a "temporary" license for 30 days.
Only 10 Days to Request Hearing or License is Automatically Suspended
You only have 10 days from the DUI arrest date to request a 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 in 30 days upon expiration of the temporary license. How long the license remains suspended will depend on whether you have prior DUI offenses and how many. If you refused to submit to a breath or blood test following your DUI arrest your license will be suspended for a longer period. CONTACT an experienced Studio City DUI lawyer as soon as possible following a DUI arrest to ensure that your driving privilege is protected.
Types of DUI Cases
Any substance that impairs your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle can be the basis for a DUI arrest. DUI's are not only limited to alcohol. Marijuana, illegal drugs, and even prescription drugs can be the basis for a DUI. If the police 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, blow .08 or greater on the preliminary alcohol screening (PAS) test, 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 DUI defense strategy will then be developed to best represent you.
DUI Criminal Charges Filed
If you are arrested for DUI in Studio City, 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 DUI arrest reports from Studio City are forwarded to the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office for criminal prosecution. Felony DUI arrest reports are forwarded to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.
Van Nuys Courthouse
Studio City misdemeanor and felony DUI cases will be filed at the Van Nuys Courthouse. Misdemeanor DUI arraignments are held in Dept. 103 before Commissioner Alan Rubin. Felony DUI arraignments are heard in Dept. 100 before Judge Neetu Badhan-Smith. The judges at the Van Nuys Courthouse are fair but can be very tough on DUI cases, sometimes ordering mandatory attendance at Alcoholics Anonymous classes as a condition of OR release, ordering installation of an alcohol monitoring device (SCRAM), and setting bail for persons charged with 2nd or 3rd misdemeanor DUI offenses. Bail is almost always set in felony DUI cases. CONTACT our office today if you were arrested for DUI in Studio City and are scheduled to appear at the Van Nuys Courthouse.
LAPD DUI Enforcement in Studio City
The streets of Ventura Blvd. in Studio City are full of pedestrians and the Los Angeles Police Department makes their safety a priority. LAPD regularly conducts patrols looking for suspected DUI drivers. DUI checkpoints are frequent held in Studio City. A major benefit of DUI checkpoints are the deterrent effects it has on those who might drive drunk or drug impaired, bringing about more awareness and encouraging everyone to use sober designated drivers. LAPD has zero tolerance for DUI drivers and encourages anyone who goes out drinking at one of the many popular Studio City bars to use Uber or Lyft to get home safely. If you are caught drunk driving you will be arrested. If you need a Studio City DUI Lawyer to defend you against DUI charges, CONTACT our office today.
Studio City DUI Patrols
Studio City is a neighborhood in the City of Los Angeles located in the San Fernando Valley. Studio City is home to many notable residents from the entertainment and music industries. The world famous Universal Studios is located just east of Studio City and is easily accessible from Studio City hotels and restaurants. CBS Studio Center has 18 sound stages and is home to many television productions. The main thoroughfare through Studio City is Ventura Boulevard which is home to many trendy bars and restaurants. Law enforcement officers watch patrons depart from these popular locations and look for bad driving that will provide them with a lawful reason to stop the vehicle. If they observe objective symptoms of impairment, a DUI investigation will be performed. If officers believe that you're ability to drive has been impaired by alcohol, marijuana, illegal drugs, or prescription drugs, you will be arrested for DUI.
Dedicated Studio City DUI Defense Lawyer
If you are facing DUI charges, CONTACT a skilled Studio City 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 Studio City DUI charges, CONTACT our office today for a free and confidential consultation.