DUI Arrests in West Covina
Berglund Law Office, P.C. is a law firm that specializes in defending persons arrested for driving under the influence (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 if you have been arrested for DUI in West Covina. It is best to have an experienced and knowledgeable West Covina DUI lawyer by your side if you are in this unfortunate situation.
Free Consultation with DUI Lawyer
Do not presume that you are automatically guilty simply because you were arrested. California DUI laws are complicated and there are a number of issues that arise which need to be examined closely by a good West Covina DUI lawyer. A DUI arrest alleging a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater usually results two separate proceedings against you: criminal charges and a DMV administrative action. CONTACT our office today to speak with an experienced DUI attorney.
West Covina DUI Criminal Charges Filed
If you are arrested for DUI in West Covina, 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.
West Covina Courthouse
West Covina misdemeanor and felony DUI cases will be filed at the West Covina Courthouse. The West Covina judges have a reputation for being tough on DUI defendants. If misdemeanor criminal charges are filed against you, the case will be assigned to one of the following courtrooms: Dept. 5 - Judge Jacqueline Lewis; Dept. 7 - Commissioner Jose Rodriguez; Dept. 8 - Judge Jill Feeney; Dept. 9 - Judge Victor Martinez; or Dept. 10 - Judge Wesley Hsu. Felony DUI cases at the preliminary hearing stage are heard in Dept. 4 - Judge Christian Gullon. Probation violations and post conviction progress reports are heard in Dept. 11 with Judge Joan Chrostek. Felony DUI trials are sent to the Pomona Courthouse.
OR Conditions or Bail in DUI Cases
As a condition of being released on your own recognizance ("OR"), which means you do not have to post bail, rather you promise to appear in court when ordered, or as a condition of bail, you may be ordered to attend Alcoholic Anonymous classes. If you have a prior DUI offense, are currently on probation for DUI and picked up a new DUI case, or had a very high BAC result, you may be ordered to install a SCRAM alcohol monitoring bracelet. If you are charged with felony DUI due to an accident which caused injury or death to someone, it is more likely that you will be ordered to wear the alcohol monitoring device. Do not go to Court alone and represent yourself. Hire an experienced West Covina DUI lawyer now.
10 Days to Request West Covina 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 drunk driving, the West Covina 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. Hearings for those arrested for DUI in West Covina are held at the Covina branch office.
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. CONTACT an experienced West Covina DUI lawyer as soon as possible following a DUI arrest to ensure that your driving privilege is protected. Do not assume that you must plea guilty to DUI and have no other options.
Types of DUI Cases
You can be arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, illegal drugs, such as methamphetamine, and prescription drugs. If law enforcement officers believe that your ability to drive has been impaired by alcohol and/or drugs, 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.
Defenses to DUI Charges
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 Los Angeles County District Attorney, the prosecuting agency at the West Covina Courthouse, 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.
DUI Enforcement in West Covina
The West Covina Police Department keeps a strong presence throughout the city conducting regular patrols for criminal activity, including patrols looking for DUI drivers and conducting DUI checkpoints. The California Highway Patrol also assists in DUI saturation patrols on and around the 10 freeway. Checkpoints are frequently found on Francisquito Avenue off the 10 freeway. 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 caught driving with a BAC over .08 in West Covina you will be arrested. If you are high from marijuana and caught driving in West Covina you will be arrested. Misdemeanor and felony DUI arrest reports from West Covina are forwarded to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office for criminal prosecution. If your BAC test result was .08 or greater, you will be charged with both Section 23152(a) and 23152(b) of the Vehicle Code. If you need a West Covina DUI Lawyer to defend you against DUI charges, CONTACT our office today.
West Covina DUI Crackdown
The city of West Covina is located in the San Gabriel Valley approximately 20 miles east of Downtown Los Angeles. West Covina has a population of over 100,000 people. It is home to three major shopping centers, including Plaza West Covina, Eastland Center, and the Heights at West Covina. West Covina is home to many students as it is in close proximity to a number of colleges and universities, including Azusa Pacific University, Cal Poly Pomona, Citrus College, and Mt. San Antonio College. Law enforcement officers in the area have zero tolerance for alcohol related criminal behavior, especially DUI drivers which they believe pose a risk to the safety of West Covina residents.
Dedicated West Covina DUI Defense Lawyer
If you have been arrested for DUI, CONTACT a skilled West Covina 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 West Covina prosecutors may have in proving the DUI case against you. Do not delay if you are facing West Covina DUI charges, CONTACT our office today for a free and confidential consultation.