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1945 South Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007
WHAT IS YOUR BEST STRATEGY IF YOU HAVE A DUI PENDING IN THE METRO / DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES COURTHOUSE?
The Metro Courthouse, because of its central location (near Hollywood and the bars in downtown Los Angeles), handles most of the DUI cases filed in Los Angeles County. In handling thousands of DUI cases in the Metro Courthouse over the past twenty five years, I find that this courthouse is one of the more reasonable as far as DUI cases goes in LA. Because of the huge volume of cases that pass through this courthouse on a daily basis, they must be fair when it comes to prosecuting DUI’s, or they will simply be over run with too many cases to deal with. Having handled so many cases in this courthouse, I can usually give you a pretty good idea of what you are looking at when you come into meet with me.
I’ve been practicing now in the Metro Court for the past twenty-years handling DUI matters. The cases start in Division 60 which is the main arraignment court. There’s a stack of prosecutors in there and there are literally thousands of cases going through that court every year. That’s the main downtown courthouse that controls the highest percentage of DUI’s in Los Angeles County.
The reason why there’s so many DUI’s in this courthouse is because of the jurisdiction that it covers — for example, Hollywood, West Hollywood or Downtown Los Angeles — and the fact that there are a lot of bars and clubs in these areas. Actually; there used to be a Hollywood Court, but since that court has closed down, now all of those DUI’s are funneling into the Metro Courthouse.
So, if you got a DUI in the Metro Courthouse, you obviously want to get somebody like me who knows the ropes there; who has had cases there before and knows how the prosecutors handle the cases. Typically, when you come into my office and meet with me, I can give you a pretty good idea of where you stand with your DUI in the Metro Court. In other words, I’m going to ask some key questions to get information to be able to give you a feel for where you stand.
When figuring out the best way to handled your DUI case, your best strategy is to meet with an attorney who knows the courthouse and the personnel in the courthouse your case is pending. Instead of relying on someone who is a sales person over the phone, you should speak to a DUI defense attorney who has traveled the path your are about to take. I find that after my clients meet with me for the first time, there is huge sense of relief once they realize what they are truly up against and see that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. No one likes to be in the dark about their fate. Having a plan on exactly how your DUI case will be handled and what you can to to help will give you a sense of control back and begin the process of putting the criminal justice system behind you.
It is important that when you come into meet with me, you give them the straight forward truth about the circumstances surrounding your DUI arrest and then I will let you know what your chances are for success and what you can do to help me help you. There are a number of factors that the prosecutor and judge consider when formulating their position related to any given DUI.
One of the biggest factors in a DUI is what your blood alcohol level was. Obviously, the higher your blood alcohol level, the more likely it is the prosecutors will be unwilling to lower the charge and they will be seeking the highest punishment possible for your particular DUI case. The lower the blood alcohol level and the closer it is to the legal limit, the more angles and argument your attorney will have and this will give you a much higher probability of getting something less than a DUI and some of the lower punishments that are available in the DUI Metro Courthouse.
They will look at the person’s prior criminal record, driving record, conduct in the current case and a host of other factors before they decide how dangerous they are to society. This concept of “dangerousness” is an important one to understand, because it will drive how the prosecutors handle your case and your punishment. The more dangerous you are viewed by them, the more restrictions and punishments they will try and put on you. If you can be viewed as not being very dangerous and your conduct looked at as an aberration, then you will be in the best position to receive a favorable outcome!
For years now I have successfully helped my clients’ deal with DUI cases in the downtown Los Angeles Metro Courthouse. DUI defense is not complicated…but experience in the court a case is being prosecuted is invaluable and has definitely saved my clients’ having to do jail time and lose their license privileges over my many years of successful DUI practice in Los Angeles.
Metro Court / 1945 South Hill Street – This courthouse is the main Los Angeles DUI court. Thousands of DUI matters are prosecuted in this courthouse every year. Most people that are arrested for DUI cases in or around the downtown Los Angeles area are prosecuted in the Metro Courthouse. The best advice I can give you, if you are charged with a DUI in Los Angeles County, is to find an attorney that is experienced in the court your case is being prosecuted.
After Division 60, if you enter a not guilty plea and you set your case for trial, you’ll be moved into one of the trial courts in the Metro Courthouse randomly, and then you’re entitled to have a jury anytime that you’re looking at up to six months in jail for a first-time DUI and up to a year in jail for a second-time DUI you certainly are entitled to have a jury trial in order to show the jury that you’re innocent, and of course, the prosecutors have the burden in a DUI case to show that you’re guilty. If they can’t meet that burden — if they can’t prove your DUI matter beyond a reasonable doubt — then your case will be dismissed and you can move on your way.
If you’re found guilty, then the judge will then have the opportunity to punish you. You will be looking at such punishments as an alcohol program, jail time, probation license restrictions and/or revocation and a host of other punishments depending on the circumstances surrounding your case
I have emersed myself in the defense of people who make mistakes for almost the past two decades and I truly enjoy what I do! Over my many years of practice I have come to know the obvious…it is not what you know, it is who you know. I have developed professional relationships with many prosecutors and I encourage you to let me put my connections and experience to work for you!
So, if you’ve got a DUI in the Metro Court, you first want to educate yourself on how that courthouse works and you also want an attorney to talk to you about your specific fact pattern — your specific situation. Other factors besides the blood alcohol level that the Metro Court prosecutors are going to look at are, your prior criminal record and your dangerousness level out on the road while you were being pulled over for your DUI. In other words, the more dangerous your driving or actions, the more likely they’re going to punish you and try to get a full fledged DUI on your record. Examples of dangerousness are going very fast, weaving in and out of traffic, becoming involved in an accident, striking a pedestrian — there’s a whole list of different things that the prosecutors can point to, to be able to say that when you were arrested for your DUI you were dangerous. You could have killed someone and now we’re going to punish you so that, number one you’re held accountable for your actions and number two we’re going to put some deterrence in place so that you never drink and drive again.
Another big thing in the Metro Court that they do in every DUI case is they give what’s called a Watson warning. Basically, what that is, is a warning telling you that if you drink and drive and you kill someone, you’re going to be charged with second degree murder and you’re going to be facing fifteen to life in prison. In other words, they’re making it very clear to anybody who passes through the doors of the Metro Court that they’re not messing around. If you’re going to endanger other people then you’re going to be punished for it.
So, pick up the phone today. Call Me. We’ll talk about your Metro Court-1945 Hill Street DUI. I’ll talk about how the prosecutors handle cases there, what you’re facing in your particular case, and we’ll get you on the road to getting your matter resolved as soon as possible.
Call my office and set up a free face to face consultation me and I will educate you on how the system works and begin the process of putting your back on the road. The next move you make will dictate your destiny related to your Los Angeles DUI case. Meet with Ron Hedding and we will turn things in your favor. The Hedding Law Firm has a track record of success in all types of DUI cases.