A Los Angeles Police Department office pled not guilty toDUI. He also pled not guilty to a special allegation of having a blood-alcohol content of 0.2%. The charges are misdemeanors. In addition, an LAPD commander, also arrested at the same time, pled not guilty to one count of public intoxication. That charge is also a misdemeanor.
Officers arrested the pair in Glendale as they sat in an unmarked police vehicle. A video of the incident aired on a local television station in April. The intoxicated officers drew the attention of residents after one struck a parked Mercedes. Witnesses say the pair were unconscious when officers arrived at the scene.
The LAPD suspended both officers without pay, and they face additional disciplinary action. The officers will return to court on October 17 for a preliminary hearing.
Glendale DUI attorney
When you’ve been arrested for a DUI in LA, hire an experienced DUI attorney like Robert Helfend. This case shows the impact even a misdemeanor arrest can have on your life. About two-thirds of drunk driving arrests in California result in misdemeanor charges. While misdemeanors are less serious than felonies, they can have a significant effect on you.
An arrest for intoxicated driving results in an immediate suspension of your driver’s license. This can be devastating, especially if your employment requires you to drive. In addition to facing jail time and fines, the court can also apply other sanctions. These could include driver retraining, expensive interlock devices, additional license suspensions and additional driving restrictions.
Your best defense strategy involves hiring an experienced criminal defense lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 30 years of experience and has defended thousands of Southern Californians. He takes the time to explain your circumstances and all of your options. He will also fight aggressively to get the charges against you reduced or dropped altogether. Don’t settle for an inexperienced attorney, and don’t assume that you can’t challenge the charges against you.
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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