The California Highway Patrol reported 19 DUI arrests in the Santa Clarita Valley area over Labor Day weekend. Further, 16 of the 19 people arrested had previous convictions for impaired driving.
Throughout the state, the CHP reported 45 deaths from highway crashes and nearly 1,100 drunk-driving arrests. Of the 45 traffic deaths, about three-fourths of those killed were not wearing seatbelts when they died. The Labor Day “maximum enforcement period” began on August 30 and concluded on Monday, September 2 at 11:59 PM. The CHP specifically targeted speeders and impaired drivers this year. The Labor Day weekend is one of the busiest traffic periods of the year in California.
At least one Labor Day DUI in LA proved to be fatal. A 62-year-old Los Angeles resident died after being struck by a 30-year-old Colton man on the 10 Freeway in Colton. The impaired driver slammed into a 2004 Saturn Ion, which was idling in stopped traffic on the freeway. The impaired driver’s vehicle overturned from the force of the impact. Rescue personnel transported the victim to the hospital, where he died from his injuries.
Los Angeles DUI Lawyer
When you face charges for impaired driving, hire an experienced DUI lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has 35 years of experience in drunk driving defense. He takes impaired driving cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.
A drunk driving conviction can have long-lasting consequences for you. Drunk driving convictions trigger mandatory penalties, like license suspensions. You could also be required to attach an interlock device to your car, pay high fines, serve jail time, and repeat driver training courses. Your insurance costs will also rise markedly.
A drunk driving conviction can also have other, less obvious consequences. If you plan to cross the border into Canada or Mexico – even for a short visit – a drunk driving conviction can keep you from entering these countries. That’s especially important if you work in the film industry, as many production companies film in Canada or Mexico.
These countries can declare you “criminally inadmissible” forcing you to return to the United States immediately. This period of inadmissibility can last for 10 years or more, depending on the circumstances of your case. These restrictions can apply, even with a misdemeanor conviction. Canada, for example, does not look at the severity of your conviction in the US, but instead equates your action to its own standards for criminal responsibility. A misdemeanor drunk driving charge in the United States could be treated like a felony elsewhere.
It’s also important to remember that the Customs agencies in Canada and Mexico have full access to the FBI database of arrests. There is virtually no likelihood that your drunk driving arrest will go unnoticed at a border crossing! Whether or not you intend to drive in a foreign country has absolutely no bearing on your admissibility at the border. Your arrest history alone can result in being denied admission, regardless of the reason for your visit or how long you intend to stay.
Don’t risk your livelihood on an inexperienced attorney. You need an experienced attorney at your side. 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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