The California Highway Patrol reports that DUI arrests in Los Angeles County on New Year’s Eve were down in 2013 compared to New Year’s Eve 2012. The CHP reported that it had made 76 Los Angeles County DUI arrests between 6:00 PM Tuesday December 31 and 6:00 AM Wednesday, January 1, the first twelve hours of its New Years Eve Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP). This compares to 86 DUI arrests during the same period last year.
This year, the CHP reports that its New Year’s Eve Maximum Enforcement Period was just 18 hours, compared to last year’s New Year’s MEP, which spanned four days and lasted 102 hours. Overall, the CHP reported that it made more than 1,400 DUI arrests during the 2012 MEP.
While Los Angeles County DUI arrests may have been down over the holiday, a DUI arrest is a serious offense and can have significant, lasting consequences for drivers in California. A driver facing a DUI arrest will go through two separate processes – one is an administrative process managed by the California Department of Motor Vehicles. The other is the judicial process, managed by the jurisdiction in which the arrest took place.
Upon arrest for DUI, your California driver’s license will be suspended in 30 days. You will have 10 days to request a DMV hearing to reverse the suspension. If you have not requested a DMV hearing within 10 days of your arrest, your license will remain suspended for at least 4 months, depending upon your prior DUI conviction record within 10 years of the current arrest.
If you have a pending DUI arrest, you should immediately contact an experienced DUI attorney in Los Angeles County who can represent you at both your administrative DMV hearing and during your criminal court appearances. First-time offenders can expect to face fines and potentially a jail term of up to six months. The Court can also order an additional license suspension and participation in court-mandated alcohol education program.
You will see the less obvious (and less immediate) consequences of DUI arrests over time. You may be required to purchase more expensive auto insurance, and your insurance company may categorize you as a high-risk driver. You may be required to carry this insurance for three years following conviction. High-risk insurance can cost up to three times as much as standard, lower-risk insurance policies do.
Depending upon what you do for a living and the terms of your sentence (if convicted), you may lose your job! If driving is a requirement of your employment or you occupy a high-profile position, your employer may not retain you in your current employment capacity with a DUI conviction on your record.
Many people are also worried about the attorney’s fees associated with DUI defense. A very knowledgeable DUI attorney in Los Angeles County is worth every penny. The experience of your defender counts for a lot in court. A seasoned attorney may be able to get the charges reduced or thrown out altogether. Even if a conviction is inevitable, a skilled DUI defense attorney can help the Court determine the most reasonable sentence given the circumstances.
If you are facing a Los Angeles County DUI arrest, contact the Law Offices of Robert M. Helfend toll-free at (800) 834-6434 or locally at (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for a consultation. Robert M. Helfend is a competent Los Angeles County criminal defense attorney who can help!