Do Not Represent Yourself
If you were arrested for driving under the influence in West Hollywood, call us at (877) 203-4377 or fill out the CONTACT form for a free consultation with an experienced DUI Lawyer. Berglund Law Office, P.C. specializes in defending persons arrested for DUI. West Hollywood DUI lawyer Robert D. Berglund vigorously represents his clients to ensure that they are treated fairly under the law and receive the best possible outcomes in their cases. If you were arrested for DUI involving alcohol you will have two separate actions against you: criminal charges and a Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) administrative action.
Driver's License Confiscated
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 (e.g., DUI involving alcohol), the Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies or other law enforcement officers likely confiscated your driver's license and issued a pink "temporary" license that is good for 30 days. CONTACT our office today for a free DUI consultation if your driver's license was taken away.
10 Days to Request Hearing
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. 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 West Hollywood DUI Lawyer should be contacted as soon as possible following a DUI arrest to ensure that your driving privilege is protected.
Criminal Charges Filed
If you are arrested for DUI in West Hollywood, 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 and felony West Hollywood DUI criminal cases will be filed at the Airport Courthouse. DUI arrest reports from West Hollywood are forwarded to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. DUI cases are aggressively prosecuted by the DA's office. Do not go to Court alone and represent yourself. Do not assume that you must plea guilty to DUI and have no other options. A good DUI Lawyer is just a phone call or email away.
Alcohol and Drug DUI Cases
You can be arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs, marijuana, and prescription drugs. If the West Hollywood Sheriff's deputies believe that your ability to drive has been impaired, a DUI investigation will be performed. 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 and face criminal DUI charges.
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, and consult with an expert to review breath and/or blood analysis records. CONTACT our office today to speak with Mr. Berglund regarding what possible defenses may exist in your case.
DUI Enforcement in West Hollywood
Needless to say, due to the vibrant nightlife scene, law enforcement officers are on heightened alert for DUI drivers in WeHo. There are at least three DUI arrests per week in West Hollywood. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has jurisdiction and its West Hollywood Station is in close proximity to all the action. Its deputies frequently conduct DUI saturation patrols in West Hollywood. DUI checkpoints are likely to be found along Sunset and Santa Monica Boulevards, especially on Friday and Saturday nights. If you need a West Hollywood DUI Lawyer to defend you against DUI charges, CONTACT our office today.
West Hollywood Nightlife Scene
West Hollywood, also known as WeHo, is its own city and is famous for the restaurant and bar scene along the Sunset Strip and Santa Monica Boulevard. DUI patrols are conducted regularly along Sunset and Santa Monica, as well as the adjacent streets. Music venues along Sunset such as Whisky a Go Go, Troubadour, The Viper Room, and The Roxy are popular among locals and tourists alike. Cabo Cantina and Barney's Beanery are popular bars to watch sporting events. Santa Monica Boulevard and the adjoining streets are home to many vibrant gay bars and nightclubs, including The Abbey, Micky's West Hollywood, and Fubar. 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, a DUI investigation will be performed.
Dedicated West Hollywood DUI Defense Lawyer
If you have been arrested for DUI, CONTACT an experienced West Hollywood 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 West Hollywood DUI charges, CONTACT our office today for a free and confidential consultation.