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  • By: Ron Hedding
  • Published: September 17, 2019

This is probably the biggest question on people's minds when they've been arrested by the police, thrown in the back of a police car, taken to the police station, held for a period of time and then let go with a citation. Facing the Reality of Your DUI Case They want to know if they can get their DUI case dismissed.  What they start doing is they start reading stuff on the internet, seeing certain little snippets that they think applies to them and then they think they might be able to get their case dismissed. The bottom line is a…Read More

  • By: Ron Hedding
  • Published: September 11, 2019

There are sobriety checkpoints all over Los Angeles County.  Believe it or not, you can actually look up sobriety checkpoints on the internet and see at any given time where they're going to be.  The police don't hide that information.  In fact, they have certain rules to even be able to set up the sobriety checkpoint in the first place. Attempts to Escape DUI Sobriety Checkpoints What they're looking at in these checkpoints is -- believe it or not - first and foremost -- they post police officers around the perimeter of the checkpoints and what ends up happening is…Read More

  • By: Ron Hedding
  • Published: September 5, 2019

Right now in California, people are still being arrested for DUI's at a record pace.  Thousands of people are arrested every single month.  I've been practicing criminal defense now for twenty-five years and I still see, just based on my own business, that most of the crimes that people are arrested for are DUI's. And yes, a DUI is considered a crime.  It could be filed as a felony or a misdemeanor.  You could be facing jail or prison time and a whole host of other issues, including the loss of your driver's license for a period of time. DUI In…Read More

  • By: Ronald D. Hedding
  • Published: February 15, 2019

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 to go? What are the penalties? Your freedom is taken away. There’s some bad people in there sometimes. First-Time DUI So, one of the biggest…Read More

  • By: Ronald D. Hedding
  • Published: February 13, 2019

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 on the record by the judge, that drinking and driving is very dangerous to human life and if you drink and drive and get caught for…Read More

  • By: Ronald D. Hedding
  • Published: February 11, 2019

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 as a felony. DUI With Great Bodily Injury One is if you seriously hurt somebody or if you cause great bodily injury to the DUI,…Read More

  • By: Ronald D. Hedding
  • Published: February 7, 2019

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 me for a refusal because they have the blood result? Refusing DUI Blood or Breath Tests The reality is, if the police ask you to…Read More

  • By: Ronald D. Hedding
  • Published: February 6, 2019

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 and have them blow into a preliminary alcohol screen device, and if they blow a .01 or greater -- meaning they have some alcohol in…Read More

  • By: Ronald D. Hedding
  • Published: January 31, 2019

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 line is a felony versus a misdemeanor in San Fernando. However, some of the courthouses only have District Attorneys, so they'll have to handle all…Read More

  • By: Ronald D. Hedding
  • Published: December 13, 2018

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 bunch of different factors. DUI Courthouse and Prior Criminal Record One is the courthouse where your case is pending. That's one of the first things…Read More

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