October 28, 2014 11:00 ET

WinDUI's Guide Through DUI Court Process

Los Angeles DUI Attorney Guiding You Through the Court Process -- Part I

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - Oct 28, 2014) - Driving under the influence in Los Angeles can result in a long, expensive process that could curtail your rights and may result in other consequences such as losing a job, getting sentenced to jail and/or losing your license. You need an experienced lawyer on your side to help you negotiate the process and get the best possible results.

The Arrest

You can be investigated and arrested for DUI if pulled over by an officer for a traffic violation, if you are involved in an accident, something on your vehicle isn't working or if you drive through a sobriety checkpoint, which happens often during holidays.

The Investigation

The officer may conduct a field sobriety test, use personal or eyewitness evidence of impaired driving or take an immediate breath test to determine intoxication. If the officer believes that there is probable cause of driving under the influence, he or she will arrest you and take you to a jail for booking and controlled testing to determine blood alcohol level or drug use.

Hiring an Attorney

At your arraignment, you will represent yourself, request a public defender or hire a DUI attorney. California DUI convictions carry too many penalties and consequences to risk representing yourself. Public defenders are overworked and don't handle the DMV part of your case where you could lose your license immediately. Hiring a private attorney is your best option.

Costly Mistakes

Getting an experienced investigator on your side can help to identify facts in your favor. Possible grounds for defense include an illegal stop, mitigating circumstances during the arrest or improper administering of sobriety tests. Mistakes you might make include failing to request a preliminary hearing, not studying the arrest scene or calling the officer a liar instead of offering your explanation of the situation calmly in court.

Getting through the court process after drunk driving can become a nightmare, but an experienced attorney can help you get a more favorable result. The sooner you get qualified representation, the more likely you can get through the process with fewer consequences.

Contact Information

  • Linda Gavilan
    Chief Legal Administrator
    Hablo Español

    1010 Wilshire Blvd.,
    Suite 1415
    Los Angeles, CA 90017

    Office: 1-855-WINDUI1 (946-3841)
    Mobile: (310) 902-7118
    Fax: 1 (888) 254-6198