Many DUI cases are filed at the Van Nuys Courthouse, located at 14400 Erwin Street in Van Nuys. This is due to the large jurisdictional area of the Van Nuys Court, which covers a sizable geographical area of San Fernando Valley. DUI arrests which occur in Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Encino, Van Nuys, Valley Village, Valley Glen, North Hollywood, Universal City, Granada Hills, West Hills, Northridge, Topanga, Malibu, and Woodland Hills are within the court's jurisdiction. Both the Los Angeles County District Attorney and the Los Angeles City Attorney prosecute DUI cases at the Van Nuys Courthouse. The prosecuting agency depends on the location of the DUI arrest and/or the severity of the offense. For example, misdemeanor arrests within the city of Los Angeles will be prosecuted by the Los Angeles City Attorney, while misdemeanor DUI cases occurring in Malibu, Universal City, and unincorporated parts of Los Angeles County are handled by the District Attorney. All felony DUI cases, regardless of location, are prosecuted by the Los Angeles County District Attorney.
There are several courtrooms at the Van Nuys Courthouse where misdemeanor DUI cases are held. DUI arraignments are held in Dept. 103 before Judge Emily Garcia Uhrig. If the case does not resolve at the arraignment stage it will be assigned to a pre-trial department. DUI pre-trial courtrooms include Dept. 115 (Commissioner Mulcahy), Dept. 119 (Judge Edber), Dept. 113 (Judge Badhan-Smith), Dept. 105 (Judge Thompson), and Dept. 121 (Commissioner Alicia Blanco). The judges at the Van Nuys Courthouse are tough but fair on DUI cases. At arraignment, the first DUI court appearance, it is not uncommon for the Judge to order conditions of OR (own recognizance). For example, a person may have to attend AA classes or wear an alcohol monitoring device if they wish to remain out of jail custody while the case is pending. These conditions are usually reserved for repeat offenders and/or those with an alleged high blood alcohol content. In certain cases, the court may set bail. Bail is money that a person charged with a crime must pay to the court in order to be released from custody while the case is pending. This is rare on misdemeanor DUI's but could happen on 3rd time offenses or those involving probation violations (for example, a person gets charged with a DUI while already on DUI probation for a previous case). Bail is almost always set on felony DUI cases.
If you have been arrested for DUI and charges have been filed against you at the Van Nuys Courthouse, CONTACT our office today for a free and confidential consultation. DUI Lawyer Robert D. Berglund will personally call you to discuss your case. Berglund Law Office, P.C. specializes in representing individuals arrested for DUI. The outcome of your DUI case will be determined by a number of factors, including the results of the breath or blood tests, the accuracy of those test results, whether or not there was an accident, the driving pattern, the performance on the field sobriety tests, and other evidence related to alcohol or drug impairment. If you are facing DUI charges, do not go to court alone and represent yourself CONTACT an experienced and knowledgeable DUI Lawyer today.