According to the California Highway Patrol, police agencies made 1,140 New Year’s holiday DUI arrests this year. Between December 28, 2018 and January 2, 2019 the agency says that 32 people in vehicles and four pedestrians died in DUI crashes.
Compared to the 2018 New Year’s holiday period, the number of arrests increased by nearly 22%. The CHP noted that the 2019 New Year’s holiday period was one day longer than in 2018. When accounting for the increased length of the 2019 holiday period, arrests increased this year by 1.3%.
On average, police agencies in California arrested 190 people per day on suspicion of drunk driving in 2019. That compares to an average of 187 arrests per day in 2018.
Los Angeles County did see a significant decrease in the number of drunk driving deaths over the holiday period. This year, one person died as the result of a DUI in LA. In 2018, 6 people lost their lives in drunk driving crashes over the New Year’s holiday.
Los Angeles DUI Lawyer
When you face charges of drunk driving, hire an experienced, aggressive DUI lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal defense cases. He has defended thousands of Californians in drunk driving cases.
Most drunk driving cases results in misdemeanor charges in California. How the prosecutor charges you depends entirely on the circumstances of your case. The prosecutor can choose to pursue felony charges against you based on a number of factors. These could include whether injuries occurred, a past history of drunk driving, and your blood-alcohol content among others.
Because the consequences of a drunk driving conviction can be so serious, your best approach to an arrest is to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney. Mr. Helfend will guide you through the entire legal process and help you to make the best choices regarding your future.
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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