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Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center
210 W Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
WHAT IS YOUR BEST STRATEGY IF YOU HAVE A DUI CASE PENDING IN THE DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES COURTHOUSE?
Over the course of the past twenty five years of handling DUI cases in the downtown Los Angeles, I have developed a number of key strategies to assist my clients in achieving the most effective results for their DUI case. It all starts with understanding the law as it relates to DUI cases and the specific facts that related to the client’s situation. All too often I see less experienced attorneys trying to use a “cookie cutter” (trying to do the same thing in every case, no matter what the facts of the case are) approach when it comes to a DUI case.
This approach will not work and it makes no common sense if you really think about it. If an attorney is telling you from the beginning that they are going to win your case without seeing any of the evidence, you are likely dealing with a sales person who is just trying to sell you on their firm with nothing substantive behind what they are saying. You want and need the truth from the beginning so you can obtain the right result.
When I sit down with clients, I am looking for them to go over what happened step by step. Obviously I need the truth if the client wants me to give them an accurate indication of what they are facing and what I can do to help them. Once I have all of the true facts related to what happened the night you were arrested, I can then give you an idea of what you are facing and what the best strategy should be moving forward.
However, before I can give you the full answer to what you are facing and what we need to do to best defend you, I will need to see the other side’s case and speak to the prosecutor to see what we are up against. It only makes sense that a skilled DUI defense attorney will need both sides of the equation before beginning to make predictions on the case and being in a position to best advise you.
What can you do to best help yourself if you have a DUI case pending in Los Angeles? You should set up a face to face consultation with a savvy DUI defense attorney right from the beginning of the case and give them all of the details of the case with no bias spin. In other words, tell them what the police are likely to say about what happened the night of your arrest.
There is nothing more frustrating than trying to get to a destination without a road map. It is the same with a DUI case. When you do not know what your goal is and what you can hope to achieve, based on your particular circumstances, then you are simply fishing around with not idea of what you can and can not expect. This is why I am adamant that when we meet, you leave the meeting with an idea of the perimeters of what you are looking at based on the circumstances surrounding your case and your life situation.
Then I will go to court on your behalf and discuss the case with the prosecutor. After I review all of the discovery and discussed the case with the prosecutor, then I will truly be in a position to give you a run down of what you are looking at and what I believe will be the best strategy moving forward.
Once everything is laid out on the table and you have reviewed the police report and heard what the prosecutor’s position is and what the judge’s tendencies are in the court your case is pending then you are ready to have an intelligent conversation about what your option are related to your case. You must realize DUI defense is a step by step process. You will achieve the best result by assisting your attorney in whatever way they deem appropriate and then listening to their advice. Most of the concepts in DUI defense are straight forward and make sense. The key is having an attorney who has been down the road you are about to travel and had success in the court your case is pending.
It is my experience that once you have sat down with an attorney who know what they are doing and is honest with you about what to expect, then you can begin the process of resolving your matter and a sense of calm will take over and you will be in the best position to make the decisions that will ultimately put his whole scenario behind you!