Los Angeles DUI Attorney
Combined 20 Years of Experience Fighting DUI Charges
Contrary to popular belief, there is much a person can do to defend themselves in a DUI conviction. First and foremost, they must educate themselves through research. There is endless literature out there which one can use to learn about DUI rights, laws, and penalties. In addition, it is always a good idea to hire an attorney who specializes in the field. Having the vast knowledge of a trained professional on your side can be the difference between having a case dismissed and being convicted.
You can rest assured that a Los Angeles DUI lawyer is prepared to do everything possible to find a resolution in your case. A few DUI defenses that can be presented include:
- The Standardized Field Sobriety Tests were not properly administered
- An inherent error in the DUI blood and breath tests took place
- The police officer lacked justification for the traffic stop
- Your breath temperature could have altered the results
Field Sobriety Tests
When you get pulled over, if the officer suspects you've been drinking, he or she will ask you to step out of your car and perform a series of Field Sobriety Tests. These tests include standing on one leg, touching your nose, walking a straight line, reciting the alphabet, and standing stationary while you follow their finger with your eyes.
Here, authorities are checking for delayed reactions, nystagmus, lack of balance, and any other telltale signs of inebriation. If the officer decides you are under the influence based on your performance in the Field Sobriety Tests, an arrest will be made. An eventual breathalyzer test will be administered, assuming that you refused the initial breathalyzer.
Remain calm during the entire traffic stop. DUI arrests are made multiple times a day and these DUI charges can be beaten if there is faulty evidence, improper issuance of tests, or overall negligence on the officer’s part. Arm yourself with a knowledgeable lawyer who can ensure a victory in your case, saving your driving record, license, time, and effort.
DUI 10-Day Rule
If you are arrested for a DUI, a DMV APS hearing must be requested in writing within 10 days of the arrest date. If a hearing is not requested within the first 10 days of the arrest, you forfeit your right to challenge the suspension. The arresting officer will confiscate your driver’s license and give you an Order of Suspension/Revocation, which includes a temporary driver’s license for 30 days.
Choosing a DUI Lawyer
Choosing the right lawyer to represent you in your DUI case is an important process. Do not rush to the first lawyer you come across. Remember, you have 10 days from the arrest to file for a DMV APS Hearing. During this time, also do your research into DUI law firms that fit your criteria.
Do you want a lawyer from a big firm with multiple assistants, or would an experienced lawyer with a single assistant fit the bill better? When you work with Sturm Law, your case can be handled personally by Attorney Craig M. Sturm. Before you dive into the next three years of your life, consult with a Los Angeles DUI attorney to learn how he can help you fight your charges.
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