I've been handling DUI cases in the Tarzana area for 30 years. Most of those cases will be sent if they are filed to the Van Nuys courthouse. You'll end up appearing in Department 103 for your arraignment enter a not-guilty plea, and your attorney will pick up all of the paperwork and continue the case so that we can both review whatever evidence the police have given the prosecutor.
The police started the investigation in a DUI case. So, what we have you do is come in, and we go over the arrest why you were stopped, and we talk about some potential strategies that can be employed to help you.
We have to see if the stop was legal, whether or not your blood alcohol level was a .08 or greater, whether you refused to take the test, how you did on the field sobriety test, and how your driving was at the time of your pullover.
Sometimes, people were not pulled over. They were actually on the side of the freeway when the police came upon them.
Review of Case Details
Then, the issue becomes whether they can prove when you were driving about the DUI case. That way, if their expert, if the case were to go to trial, could extrapolate backward and say, okay, if your blood alcohol level was a .16 at 10:00 p.m. and they caught you driving at 9:00 p.m., they're able to give the jury what your blood alcohol level would have been at the time of driving since the police don't have the police at the scene to be able to take your blood or breath right when they pull you over.
So, we will look at all the information related to your case. I encourage you to be honest and give that to me. Don't leave any information out; then, we'll be able to provide you with an idea of where you stand regarding your DUI case.
The Van Nuys court handles many DUI cases, so I've appeared there hundreds of times. We'll be able to talk about where you fit in. I've traveled the road you're about to travel and have succeeded. Sometimes, we'll be able to defend the case; other times, we'll have to work out some deal with the prosecutors because they've got evidence to prove that you were driving under the influence.
One of the biggest things that determines what happens to you if you are pulled over, arrested and set into court for DUI in Tarzana is:
- How high your blood alcohol level was, and
- How dangerous you were out on the road.
Those are two of the things we're going to talk about in assessing what the best strategy is for you moving forward.
Experienced DUI Defense
I've been doing this now for 30 years. I started out working for the district attorney's office, then a superior court judge, and finally, in the early 1990s, I started defending DUI cases just like yours. So, we'll have you come in. We'll go over everything.
Bring that blue ticket with you that the police gave you. Bring the pink slip the DMV gave you, your temporary driver's license. We need to move quickly because the DMV will automatically suspend your license if you don't do anything to protect against that.
That's where I come in. I'll call the DMV and set up a hearing. I'll call the courthouse and let them know that I am your attorney, calendar your criminal case, and then we'll get our plan together. Pick up the phone now. Ask for a meeting with Ron Hedding. I stand at the ready to help you. The Hedding Law Firm offers a free case evaluation.