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  • By: Ron Hedding
  • Published: June 8, 2020

What Will the Judge do to You on a High Blood Alcohol Level On a DUI Case is Los Angeles When You Show Up for Court? A lot of people don't realize that the judges now across LA County -- and there's 38 courts -- are really taking hard positions on driving under the influence or DUI-related offenses. If you had a high blood alcohol level a lot of the judges in the major courthouses like Van Nuys, San Fernando, LAX, the Metro court, downtown Los Angeles are asking the prosecutors what your blood alcohol level was at the time of…Read More

  • By: Ron Hedding
  • Published: May 29, 2020

The interstate Driver License Compact involves states cooperating with each other in exchanging information, such as, when someone has a DUI. For example, someone who gets a DUI in California who has a New York license could let New York know that they have a DUI. New York would have the ability to verify whether or not that person has any DUI's on their record and/or whether their license is suspended. I’ve seen situations where people get a DUI outside Los Angeles, California, move into Los Angeles, and try to get a license in California. Then, because of the interstate…Read More

  • By: Ron Hedding
  • Published: May 29, 2020

DUI charges can greatly impact someone’s professional license in Los Angeles. If someone is an attorney or medical doctor, their governing board may have a lot of rules relating to criminal charges and DUI's. You obviously want to avoid getting a DUI in the first place, but if you are arrested for a DUI, you will need to consult with a criminal defense attorney. Depending on your profession, you're not only going to want to discuss with your criminal defense attorney whether your license could possibly get suspended because of a DUI, but also determine whether getting an administrative attorney…Read More

  • By: Ron Hedding
  • Published: May 25, 2020

DUI arrests have gone down due to COVID-19. There are a lot less people out on the street. I don't think law enforcement really wants to deal with people right now because they themselves are susceptible to getting the virus. Unless you're really making it clear that you're driving under the influence by speeding really fast, getting in an accident, or driving recklessly, I'm not seeing a lot of DUI arrests in Los Angeles County at this time. But, if you're driving under the influence and end up getting arrested, and you don't bail out, you could stay in custody…Read More

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

How are the Police Allowed to Arrest you for a Los Angeles DUI if they Don't Know What Your Blood Alcohol Level Is? This is an interesting question.  People get pulled over all the time and they get arrested by the police and if the police don't have your blood alcohol level in a DUI case, then what gives them the right to arrest you? Here's where the police actually have some discretion and the DMV also helps them.  First, there's something called the Implied Consent Law which basically means, when you get your driver's license you have to agree that…Read More

  • By: Ron Hedding
  • Published: May 7, 2020

This is a huge question, because obviously, nobody wants to go to jail if the police have taken you or a loved one into custody.  Not only are you facing dangers in jail which has been that way in Los Angeles county for a long time, you're also looking at being exposed to the Coronavirus in the Los Angeles county jail system. This is whether you're being housed in twin towers, wayside or county jail of Bauchet Street.  You're five to fifteen times more likely to get the Coronavirus than the average person because you're smashed in like a sardine…Read More

  • By: Ron Hedding
  • Published: May 4, 2020

A lot of people who are arrested for DUI's are obviously worried about what's going to happen to them, so they start seeking answers on the internet.  The standard resolution in Los Angeles county across the 38 courts for anybody who is arrested for a DUI is 3 years of probation, a $395 fine, plus a penalty assessment which is about 200%, so that ends up being approximately $2,000, plus there's some court fees and fines. They have to do an alcohol program.  Usually it's the AB 541 which is a 3-month alcohol program.  The DMV will suspend their license…Read More

  • By: Ron Hedding
  • Published: April 30, 2020

Learn Whether the Los Angeles Police Are Arresting People For DUI's During the Coronavirus This is a good question because you probably have to assume that the police don't really want to deal with anybody during this Coronavirus because they themselves might fall prey to getting the Corona Virus. In fact, there's a number of LAPD officers who have been infected with the Coronavirus.  However, I am getting a number of cases for DUI's, so they're definitely still arresting people for DUI in Los Angeles county. So, if you have one, pick the phone up.  Make the call.  A lot…Read More

  • By: Ron Hedding
  • Published: April 15, 2020

What is the Likelihood the Los Angeles Prosecutor Will Dismiss My DUI Case? This is a big question that I've got from clients over the last 26 years of representing thousands of people charged with DUI's and the question is one that makes sense if you don't really know anything about the criminal justice system. Realize that if you were arrested by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) for example, which probably most of the arrests are made but some are made by LAPD or the sheriffs.  The bottom line is, all those agencies, especially the CHP, are trained on how…Read More

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

I get asked this question a lot.  I think the reason I get asked this question is because people want to get out of the criminal system as fast as possible.  They don't want to be charged with a DUI in the first place.  They begin by telling me they have a clean driving record.  They never had any problems before.  They didn't hurt anybody. They're really in shock because they've lost control of their situation.  They're facing criminal charges.  They're potentially facing jail and loss of their license and they don't know what to do, so they get very…Read More

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