According to the California Highway Patrol, the agency arrested 589 people on suspicion of DUI over the Independence Day holiday. A 30-hour enforcement period began at 6:00 PM Wednesday, July 3 and ended at 6:00 AM Friday, July 5. The agency arrested 389 people for drunk driving over the same 30-hour period last year.
In a broader enforcement period, which ended at midnight on Sunday, July 7, the agency reports arresting 1,317 impaired drivers. The CHP also reported that 32 people died in alcohol-related accidents over the extended holiday weekend. In addition, more than one-third of those killed were not wearing seatbelts at the time of their deaths. The enforcement period in 2018 lasted just 30 hours, but in 2017, the enforcement period also spanned four days. During that time, the CHP arrested 1,244 people for impaired driving and 47 people died in alcohol-related accidents. Statistics for arrests for DUI in LA County have not yet been published.
Los Angeles DUI attorney
When you face charges for impaired driving in Los Angeles County, hire an experienced DUI attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes impaired driving cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California. In his more than 3 decades of practice, Mr. Helfend has defended thousands of Californians accused of impaired driving.
Two out of three drunk driving arrests in California result in misdemeanor charges. While a misdemeanor is better than a felony, don’t make the mistake of thinking that a misdemeanor DUI isn’t serious. A drunk driving conviction can land you in jail. Even a first conviction can result in expensive sanctions. You may be required to install an expensive interlock device in your car. You could also be required to take expensive driver retraining courses. Your insurance costs will rise. You could have your driving privileges suspended, and you could be required to pay expensive fines.
Many people arrested for impaired driving think that they can represent themselves in court. While you are legally entitled to represent yourself, it’s rarely a good idea to do that. You could not only deprive yourself of professional representation and counsel, but your end result could be worse.
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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