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Pasadena, CA 91101
WHAT IS YOUR BEST STRATEGY IF YOU HAVE A DUI CASE PENDING IN THE PASADENA COURTHOUSE?
In my experience, in order to end up with the best result possible for your DUI case, you will need to hire an experienced DUI defense attorney to represent you. Your attorney should be familiar with the Pasadena courthouse and how they handle DUI cases. I have been handling DUI cases in this courthouse for the past twenty five years and have found the prosecutors and judges to be reasonable when it comes to a DUI matter. One of the main issues they will be looking at in determining what should happen to you, will be how dangerous your actions were to the public at large. This is why our first goal will be to meet and find out exactly what happened related to your DUI arrest and what we can do to set the wheels in motion to paint the best possible picture of you and the events of the subject night.
The prosecutors and judges in Pasadena will listen to reason and will look at you as a person as long as your attorney is in court prepared to represent you and all of the good things associated with you and your life. So one of the most successful strategies that I have seen is to humanize you and show the judge and prosecutor that you are not a bad person and you will not be back before them again if they give you a break. This is where years of experience come in handy and can be put to work to achieve the best result for you.
What are some of the important factors that are considered in a DUI case in the Pasadena Superior Court? As indicated above, the biggest general issue in all DUI related offenses that the judge and prosecutor are evaluating is how dangerous your actions were to the community. Other factors they will look at is your prior criminal and driving record, how fast you were going at the time that the police pulled you over, whether you were involved in an accident, whether anyone was hurt during the course of your DUI arrest, how high your blood alcohol level was and how the police characterize you when they write the police report related to your case. You are always in a better position when the police indicated in their police report that you were cooperative with them.
The court and the prosecutors take the position that driving in California is a privilege and not a right. Therefore they believe that if the police pull you over and believe that you are intoxicate, you must cooperate with them in their investigation. If you are rude and belligerent with the police, then the prosecutors will usually try and be harsher with you than someone who was polite and cooperative. Further, when the police give you the field sobriety tests and ask you to do certain things, they are evaluating you and how well you can follow their instructions. People who are intoxicated usually do not follow instructions very well and it is obvious they are drunk and unable to safely operate a motor vehicle.
When I meet with clients to discuss the best strategy for them in their case, I have an important goal of making sure that they understand what they are facing and what I can do to help them when they leave my office. Having the peace of mind of knowing what the plan is and what they can do to help themselves is definitely something that goes along way towards making the client feel better and making for a smooth process in dealing with their DUI case. The more educated the client is on the DUI process and the more they know what the perimeters are related to their case, the easier it is to deal with the case and feel comfortable with the process. The fear of the unknown is probably one of the worse things related to a DUI. If we can help take this fear away, then we are just that much more effective for our clients.