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Jail Time
By Ronald Hedding / February 15, 2019

What Determines if You Get Jail Time on a DUI in Los Angeles?

This is a huge question on a lot of people's mind.  Once you get arrested, they take you into the local jail where your case occurred and they hold you there for a period of time. One of the biggest things that my clients tell me when they come in to meet with me about their DUI matter is, I never want to go back to jail again.  And you don't blame them.  Who wants...

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Watson Murder
By Ronald Hedding / February 13, 2019

When Can a DUI Case be Elevated To a Second Degree Murder Charge?

This is something that happens a lot in Los Angeles county and throughout the country quite frankly.  A lot of prosecutors are filing DUI cases where deaths result as murder cases. In fact, every single DUI person that goes through LA county that has to plead guilty to a DUI and fill out the waiver form and talk to the judge about it, are going to be told on the waiver form and specifically told...

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Felony DUI
By Ronald Hedding / February 11, 2019

Key Factors Between a Filing a Misdemeanor or Felony DUI Case in Los Angeles County

This is a big question because obviously, nobody wants to be charged with a felony DUI.  You lose a lot of rights, you're looking at jail or prison time.  So, a lot of people are asking me when they're arrested for a DUI whether they're going to be charged as a felony or a misdemeanor.  There's a number of different ways that give justification to the prosecutors in Los Angeles County to file a case...

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Blood Tests
By Ronald Hedding / February 7, 2019

Can Police Force a Blood Draw in a Los Angeles DUI Case?

Believe it or not, under the right circumstances, the police are permitted to do a forced blood draw when it comes to a DUI case.  Usually where I see them being permitted to do it is when you've been involved in some sort of an accident.  Somehow, that greenlights them to be able to force blood.  Then the next question becomes, if they force my blood and they have the blood result, can they get...

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DUI Probation
By Ronald Hedding / February 6, 2019

Driving While On DUI Probation – California Vehicle Code Section 23154

This Vehicle Code Section has to do with people who are on DUI probation in Los Angeles County who get pulled over by the police and part of the terms and conditions of their probation is they cannot have any measurable amount of alcohol in their system. A lot of times the police can look in their computer in their vehicle and see that someone is on probation for a DUI, they pull them over...

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San Fernando Court
By Ronald Hedding / January 31, 2019

Who Prosecutes DUI Cases in the San Fernando Courthouse?

When it comes to defending a DUI in the San Fernando Courthouse, the typical prosecutors who are handling these cases is the City Attorney's office.  They handle the bulk of the cases there. They have an office on the fourth floor in the San Fernando Courthouse and they staff all of the misdemeanor DUI courts.  There is an exception to that though.  The District Attorney's office handles all of the felony DUI matters. The dividing...

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wet reckless
By Ronald Hedding / December 13, 2018

Why Is A Wet Reckless Better Than A DUI?

When it comes to DUI's I hear a lot of people talking about wet reckless.  They're not necessarily that much better than a DUI, although if I had my choice between a DUI and a wet reckless, obviously I would pick a wet reckless.  But there's other charges that are better than a wet reckless.  For example, a dry reckless is much better because it doesn't involve alcohol, there's less punishment, it doesn't trigger a...

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Jail Time
By Ronald Hedding / December 11, 2018

Will You Get Jail Time For Your DUI In Los Angeles?

This is a big question on people's minds because obviously, nobody wants to go to jail.  It's very confining and very stressful.  There are dangerous criminals in jail and it's an unsafe place.  So, this is one of the biggest fears people have when they are arrested for a DUI in Los Angeles -- whether or not they're going to go to jail.  Believe it or not, whether you go to jail depends on a...

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DMV Hearing
By Ronald Hedding / December 6, 2018

Roles Of The DMV And Criminal Court Relating To DUI ‘s

The court and the DMV work together when it comes to DUI's in Los Angeles, California.  In fact, the court's computer is hooked up to the DMV's computer. So, anytime anybody gets convicted for a DUI in Los Angeles, that information is transmitted to the California Department of Motor Vehicles.  So, that's why when people are convicted of a DUI -- even if the DMV didn't take their license administratively, that conviction is going to...

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DUI
By Ronald Hedding / December 4, 2018

What Other Charges Are Possible Besides a DUI in Los Angeles?

When you're arrested for a DUI in Los Angeles, obviously it's scary and terrifying because your freedom is taken away from you for a period of time.  You're taken to jail.  Your license is typically taken away and obviously, you're fearful that you could be facing jail time, probation and a mark on your record that is very difficult to get off. California Vehicle Code 23152 - Offenses Involving Alcohol and Drugs So, one thing...

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