According to the California Highway Patrol, the agency arrested nearly 500 drivers for DUI over the New Year’s holiday. Three people died in alcohol-related accidents. The 2020 enforcement period lasted from 6:00 PM on New Year’s Eve to 11:59 PM on New Year’s Day.
This compares to nearly 1,150 arrests and 25 deaths in 2019. In 2019, the enforcement period lasted 102 hours, because of the holiday’s proximity to the weekend that year. The per-hour arrest rate for 2020 was 16.36, compared to 11.18 for 2019. The average fatality rate in 2020 equated to one death every 10 hours. In 2019, there was one death every four hours during the enforcement period.
While the holidays shine a spotlight on impaired driving, police agencies regularly run DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols. In many cases, DUI checkpoints do not produce a significant number of drunk driving arrests. Saturation patrols, where police officers are out in force, are more successful at locating impaired drivers.
Los Angeles DUI attorney
When you face charges for a DUI in LA, hire an experienced DUI attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has 35 years of criminal defense experience in Los Angeles County. He also takes cases in jurisdictions throughout Southern California.
A drunk driving arrest is always costly, but you can face jail time, fines and other sanctions. This is true, even for a first-time offense. Your best defense strategy is to work with an experienced DUI attorney. The court system is not set up to work in your favor. Law enforcement officials and prosecutors will take advantage of every opportunity to secure a conviction against you.
That’s why you need an experienced attorney to represent you in court. Most DUI arrests in California result in misdemeanor charges, but every case is different. Many factors go into a prosecutor’s decision of whether or how to charge a person. A history of drunk driving arrests, or causing personal injuries or property damage can change your case.
Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney, and don’t attempt to represent yourself. 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/sex crimes case.
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