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  • By: Ron Hedding
  • Published: November 12, 2019

When it comes to these DUI stops the police make errors all of the time.  The problem is trying to be able to catch them.  The way that's done is through body cam video or dash cam video or in independent witness that sees what they're doing. Obviously, the defendants themselves can try to challenge the police to prove that they committed errors, but a lot of times it comes down to your word against their word and if you're severely intoxicated your credibility is not as good as the police who are coming in stone cold sober when it…Read More

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

In my opinion, if you have a DUI case and you're trying to decide how you're going to handle it, you're best served with a private DUI defense attorney because you're going to be able to meet with that attorney prior to the case even going to court. Whereas, the public defender's office is typically not going to meet with anybody until the case is actually in the court.  But, you want to go into that courtroom prepared.  You want your attorney to be prepared.  You want to give your attorney all of the mitigating information related to the case…Read More

  • By: Ron Hedding
  • Published: October 25, 2019

A lot of people don't realize the severe consequences they can face when they are arrested for a DUI and they are serving in the military.  Basically, the military has a standard that if you have any alcohol in your system and you can't safely operate a motor vehicle then they're going to find that you are DUI. Not only will you face potential loss of your license and other penalties and punishments related to criminal conduct, you're also looking at consequences related to your military service. Potential Discharge From Military In other words, you could be discharged from the…Read More

  • By: Ron Hedding
  • Published: October 19, 2019

I've been handling warrants in Los Angeles for clients who are charged with DUI's now for twenty-five years.  Really what we need to do is have you get into the courthouse, meet me there, and then we will sit down and go over everything. A lot of times I like to meet in my office beforehand so we know exactly how we're going to handle it.  I have all of the information related to the case -- why the warrant was issued -- then we can figure out what we're going to need to do to take care of the…Read More

  • By: Ron Hedding
  • Published: October 16, 2019

This is a good question because a lot of my clients are coming in and it's pretty clear that the police stopped them for no reason.  Other than the fact they suspected they might be driving under the influence of alcohol and they wanted to be able to talk to them, smell their breath and get them to admit that they had some drinks, and then they could get them out and do the field sobriety tests, test their blood or breath and then arrest them for a DUI. Police Must Have Lawful Reason To Pull You Over So, the…Read More

  • By: Ron Hedding
  • Published: October 15, 2019

First off, the prosecutors at a DMV hearing are the hearing officers themselves.  So, non-lawyers are putting on the evidence for the Department of Motor Vehicles.  They have to put on the evidence and then they rule on all admission of evidence, including their own evidence. So, they'll put on a police report, for example.  The defense attorney will object as hearsay since the police are not there to testify, they overrule the objection and put the police report into evidence anyways. Subpoena Arresting Police Officer If it's a close call on a case or if they have some problems…Read More

  • By: Ron Hedding
  • Published: October 14, 2019

The Metro court is the main downtown courthouse that handles DUI cases -- thousands of DUI cases are handled there every year.  It's probably one of the biggest courts around as far as DUI prosecutions go  Department 60 is the main court there. That's the arraignment court.  That's where most of the cases are filed.  A person enters a guilty or not-guilty plea.  They can even enter a no contest plea depending on what type of a resolution they work out with their attorney. DUI Lawyer Familiar With The Metro Court The bottom line is you want to have an…Read More

  • By: Ron Hedding
  • Published: October 8, 2019

I've been handling DUI cases in the San Fernando courthouse since 1994.  There was a big earthquake and a lot of the cases had to be moved to another building while they actually fixed the San Fernando courthouse and these guys have handled hundreds of DUI cases since I've been practicing there. So, I have a pretty good feel for how they handle cases, what cases can be tried and won and what cases you should consider taking a plea bargain, depending on what evidence they have against you. What Was Your Blood Alcohol Level? Probably the biggest evidence they…Read More

  • By: Ron Hedding
  • Published: October 2, 2019

I've been doing DUI cases for twenty-five years now in the Van Nuys criminal court and I think I have a pretty good idea about how they handle cases.  First off, the DUI law across California has changed over many years for the worst as far as people who are actually getting DUI's. It has become a very political hot-button issue.  Anybody who goes into the Van Nuys court with a high blood alcohol level is going to be ordered to do AA meeting during the pendency of their case.  So, while their case is pending the Judge is going…Read More

  • By: Ron Hedding
  • Published: September 25, 2019

Understanding The Role Your DUI Breath Level Will Have On A Criminal Prosecution in Los Angeles When it comes to how high your blood alcohol level is -- either by way of breath or blood -- it's probably the single most important factor related to a DUI case.  The reason for this is, because the higher your blood alcohol level, the more dangerous the prosecutors perceive you are on the road, the higher they are to charge you and the more of a punishment they will likely want when it comes to your case. Enhancement for High Blood Alcohol Level…Read More

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