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  • By: Ron Hedding
  • Published: March 24, 2020

At a check point, the police map out an area where they think a lot of DUI drivers will be driving through. They set up their machines to test drivers’ breath and assign people to take blood because drivers have a choice of breath or blood testing. They set up a perimeter and have law enforcement officers hiding. When people come up to the checkpoint and try to get out by making an illegal U-turn, the police are waiting to pull them over. Just because you drive into a checkpoint and you've had some alcohol does not mean that you…Read More

  • By: Ron Hedding
  • Published: March 2, 2020

Typically, all of the courts in Los Angeles county, and there's a lot of them, will negotiate deals other than DUI's if you actually blew on the legal limit and the reason for that is because the machine that they're using -- usually the breath machine -- has an error rate of .02 either way. So, there's an argument even from their own expert that the person might have been a .06, a .07 under the legal limit.  Of course, they'll look at the other factors surrounding the case, like how you performed on the field sobriety test, how your…Read More

  • By: Ron Hedding
  • Published: February 22, 2020

This is a big question on a lot of people's mind.  Do they want their attorney to talk to the prosecutor about working out some sort of a deal for them related to their DUI charges pending against them in Los Angeles county? For me, it's real easy if the client has a good case that the prosecutors are going to have a hard time trying to prove and the client just pays me to do the trial.  The reason this is so easy is because then I really don't have to talk to the DA about the case.  I…Read More

  • By: Ron Hedding
  • Published: February 11, 2020

For many years that I've been practicing, a DUI would stay on your record for criminal purposes for seven years, but the law changed quite some time ago.  So, now in today's society, a DUI stays on your record for criminal purposes for ten years. Meaning, if you pick up a DUI and you have prior DUI's, they will look back and see whether or not you have another DUI within ten years.  If you, it's a second-time DUI.  If you have two DUI's within ten years, it's a third-time DUI, and so on. Punishment and Sentencing in DUI Cases…Read More

  • By: Ron Hedding
  • Published: February 5, 2020

The bottom line is, if you do something that causes a probation violation in a DUI case, you're going to get punished by the judge who originally sentenced you in your case. That punishment will depend on what the violation relates to.  Obviously, if you get a new DUI that would be a serious violation of your probation and you'd probably be looking at a jail sentence. If on the other hand, you just missed one of your classes or were kicked out of your alcohol program and need to re-enroll, that would still be serious but nowhere near as…Read More

  • By: Ron Hedding
  • Published: January 20, 2020

This is a good question because just like in any profession, not all lawyers are the same.  Not all of them have the same experience.  Not all of them have the same qualifications. Also, and not all of them have the disposition that you're going to need to deal with the prosecutor and deal with the judges and if the case has to be litigated, to deal with motion practice in DUI cases, to deal with jury trial in DUI cases. DUI Lawyer with Experience in Local Courthouse So, these are the type of things that you're looking for --…Read More

  • By: Ron Hedding
  • Published: January 14, 2020

California Vehicle Code 14601.2 This is a very common offense that I represent clients for throughout Los Angeles county and the various courthouses related to DUI cases.  I've been doing it now for 25 years and this is definitely something that the police target. Driving on suspended license for a DUI conviction is described under California Vehicle Code 14601.2. They get people for driving on a suspended license -- and their license was suspended because they got a DUI, didn't comply with everything they were supposed to with the DMV and then started driving again. The reason this is a common…Read More

  • By: Ron Hedding
  • Published: January 3, 2020

If someone's driving under the influence of alcohol or prescription medication or a combination of both or marijuana, any type of narcotic or substance that impacts your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle and you kill somebody and it looks like it's your fault, you're looking at potentially being charged with murder. It used to be that you would have had to have a prior DUI.  You would have had to have been warned about how dangerous it is to drink and drive or use drugs and drive. Murder vs Gross Vehicular Manslaughter Not anymore though because everybody in…Read More

  • By: Ron Hedding
  • Published: January 1, 2020

The police will be out in force this holiday season -- Christmas, New Years.  This is the time when they make most of their arrests.  Not just on the days of Christmas and New Year's, but also New Year's Eve and all the weekends leading up to these holidays. Even the weekdays people are going to Christmas parties, coming home drunk, not realizing -- the people who even haven't drank much -- realizing how alcohol can affect you.  They're having a few drinks trying to drive home and end up either getting in an accident, swerving on the road, being…Read More

  • By: Ron Hedding
  • Published: December 30, 2019

When it comes to someone under the age of 21 getting into a DUI accident, obviously that person is going to need an attorney right away.  The case will probably be sent into the juvenile court if they're under the age of 18. If they're over the age of 18, the person will be sent into the adult court.  If there was damage caused to a vehicle or someone was injured, obviously parents are usually worried that they will be responsible for paying money because of their minor child's accident. Negligently Entrusting a Minor What it really boils down to…Read More

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