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WHAT CAN YOU DO IF YOU HAVE A DUI THAT COULD IMPACT YOUR COMMERCIAL DRIVERS LICENSE (CDL) IN LOS ANGELES?
Many commercial drivers in Los Angeles rely on having their drivers license in order to support themselves and their family. The legislature has passed restrictive laws when it comes to DUI cases and your driving privileges. The way they see it, is that driving in California is a privilege and not a right. Therefore, in order to stop people from drinking alcohol and driving, they will come down hard on your license if they are given the opportunity to do so. The way you can combat this tendency is to hire an experienced Los Angeles commercial DUI attorney to represent you in court and to look out for your best interests and rights. Having a seasoned professional on your side is the only way to go!
When I meet with clients who have been arrested for DUI cases, I like to get to know them and all of the important details related to their life, so when I negotiate with the prosecutor I know exactly what my target resolution is and what the client must have protected. Knowing what we need to protect against is one of the first key steps in planting the seeds for success in your DUI case. I have a goal when clients come into meet with me of educating them on how the system works and what can and can not be accomplished related to their particular case. Knowing the court, gives me the incite into being able to give the client the perimeters of what they are facing and what they can do to assist me in resolving their case in a successful manner.
In my twenty five years of experience, I find that the main thing the prosecutors and judges look at in any DUI case is how dangerous the client was to the community when he or she was driving and how dangerous they may be in the future. The more dangerous they perceive the person’s actions, the more likely they are to try and require the most serious penalties in their DUI case. In my opinion, job number one for me as a Los Angeles commercial DUI lawyer is to convince the judge and prosecutor that you are not a dangerous person and will never find yourself in this position again. In order to accomplish this task I need to familiarize myself with your personal information related to your job, family and prior driving and criminal record.
Of course it is important to look at the underlying case and contemplate such things as how fast you were driving, whether you were involved in an accident, how the police portrayed you related to the field sobriety tests, how your driving was, whether you were cooperative with the police and a host of other factors. Through years of experience in dealing with the Los Angeles County prosecutors and judges, I know what swings the pendulum in your favor and what will put you in a bad position. It is important that your Los Angeles DUI lawyer is honest and straight forward with you in what you are facing and what can and can not be done to help you.
Our Los Angeles DUI attorneys have handled thousands and thousands of DUI cases for both commercial and noncommercial drivers. Commercial drivers have a higher level of accountability because of the size of the vehicles they operate; the legal limit for blood alcohol concentration for commercial drivers is 0.04%.
We understand that if you are being charged with driving under the influence as a commercial driver you have more to lose because driving is how you make your living. We are here to make sure we can protect your legal rights and get you the minimal penalties possible or get your case dismissed all together due to any unlawful activity that may have occurred by law enforcement.
As a commercial driver if you are convicted of a DUI the penalties you may face are: one year suspension of your commercial driver license; suspension of your driving privileges of noncommercial vehicles; probation; community service. Commercial drivers are not eligible for a restricted license.
If you are facing a commercial DUI in Los Angeles County, do not waste any time and contact our DUI lawyers so we can discuss your case and figure out all your available options.