In 2013, nearly one-quarter of all DUI arrests in the State of California occurred in Los Angeles County. Coincidentally, data collected by the State of California’s Department of Motor Vehicles show that there were fewer arrests in 2013 for DUI than in any of the preceding 10 years. Conviction rates for DUI arrests in California exceed 75%.
The median age for a person arrested for driving drunk is about 30, and the majority – nearly 75% – of arrestees are first-time offenders. The median blood-alcohol content for convicted drivers is 0.16, which is twice the legal limit in California.
Only about 3% of the drunk driving arrests in California are classified as felonies. The overwhelming majority of DUI arrests in California are misdemeanors, but that doesn’t mean that getting arrested for a DUI in LA isn’t a serious matter. DUI arrests are expensive, time-consuming and can significantly change your lifestyle.
A DUI arrest means an automatic license suspension, according to administrative rules established by the DMV. The license suspension is something that happens immediately. It is separate from any criminal action that may be taken against you. If you are convicted in court, you can face a range of penalties, including jail time, probation, community service, fines, driver retraining, driving restrictions and additional license suspension.
You could face additional consequences, including the loss of your employment, especially if driving is a part of your job. There is nothing minor about a misdemeanor offense. Subsequent drunk driving arrests open the possibility of more serious consequences, including longer jail terms, longer license suspensions, larger fines and felony prosecution.
Los Angeles DUI attorney
Your best defense strategy to fight a drunk driving arrest is to hire an experienced DUI attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in Los Angeles County courtrooms, and has provided excellent representation for thousands of Angelenos.
Don’t risk your freedom on an inexperienced defense attorney. Don’t make the mistake of assuming a misdemeanor conviction isn’t serious.
Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County DUI case.
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