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WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT IF YOU HAVE A DUI IN THE COMPTON COURTHOUSE?
Of the many courthouses in Los Angeles County the Compton courthouse is one of the more reasonable to deal with and if you go in the with the right mind set and attorney, you will end up with a fair result. Of course the result in your DUI case will depend on a number of key factors. Issues related to how high your blood alcohol level was at the time of driving, the reason you were pulled over, your prior criminal record and how dangerous your activity was in the pending case will be the most important consideration in the final resolution. Prosecutors and judges are tasked to protect the public and act in what they think is in the best interest of society. When I defend a dui case, I have an eye towards convincing the judge and the prosecutor that you are not a dangerous person and that your conduct was an aberration that will not repeat itself.
In the twenty five years that I have been defending DUI cases in the Compton courthouse, I make it a point to make the criminal process as painless and easy as possible for the client. If I do not believe that the client needs to be in court on a certain court appearance then I will make the appearance for them and they will not lose any of their rights related to their DUI case or any time from work. When I first meet with the client in a DUI case, I have a goal of making it as clear as possible to the client what they are facing and what they can do to help me help them. We are a team with a one tracked mind of getting the best result possible.
WHAT FACTORS DO THE JUDGE AND PROSECUTOR LOOK AT IN DECIDING WHAT THEIR POSITION WILL BE IN A DUI CASE?
There are many different factors that judges and prosecutors consider in the resolution of a DUI matter. They are tasked with punishing people who commit DUI offenses by the legislature and the people of the state of California. If they believe that you are a danger to re-offend or to seriously hurt someone, then they will come down on you like a ton of bricks. It is your DUI defense attorney’s job to show them that you are a good person with a career, a family and a good like who made a mistake that will not repeat itself. As long as the judge and prosecutor do not think they will see you again in this situation in the future, then you have a fighting chance.
In my experience in handling DUI cases, there is a range of conduct as it relates to DUI’s. There are those people on the low end of the spectrum who do not have very high blood alcohol levels and are not doing anything very dangerous when they are pulled over. On the other side of the continuum are those people who have high blood alcohol levels, are driving very fast and even get into an accident. These later people are the ones the powers that be will target and make sure with all the legal force they can muster will not hurt anyone in the future. The people on the lower end of the spectrum (if they have the right attorney) will be given the benefit of the doubt and can receive reduced charges and much less punishment than their counterparts who are viewed in a bad light.
I consider it one of my chief jobs to humanize my clients and let the court and the prosecutor know that they are dealing with a person who has a life and a lot of people who count on them. If they can be convinced that they will not see you again, then we have a strong chance to keep you out of jail and set up a deal that will allow you to expunge your case in the end and avoid the wrath that a dui case in Los Angeles can bring. If this is your first dui, then take the attitude that you will do it once, do it the right way and never do it again.