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Santa Clarita Courthouse
23747 Valencia Blvd.
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT IF YOU HAVE A DUI IN THE SANTA CLARITA – VALENCIA COURTHOUSE?
There are many DUI cases filed in the Valencia / Santa Clarita courthouse on a daily basis. Having handled DUI’s over the past twenty five years, I have noticed that the Sheriff’s Department in the Valencia area is always on the look out to get someone for a DUI case. They are constantly stopping people for not apparent reason and setting up check points for people who are drinking and driving. If you get caught, then in my opinion you need someone who knows what they are doing to help you!
Another issue related to Valencia DUI cases is the streets in the Valencia area and how they are set up to make it very difficult to maneuver around. This makes it prime territory for law enforcement to catch people who have consumed alcohol and are trying to move around in the Valencia area. People making illegal u-turns or being involved in other minor traffic offenses are likely to fall prey to over zealous law enforcement efforts in this area. If you have every sat in the Valencia courthouse on any given day (which I have many times). You be shocked at how many traffic offenses move through their doors.
The courthouse in Santa Clarita is tough on DUI cases and you should get into to see an experienced DUI attorney right away. When I meet with clients, I like to get the whole story surrounding their arrest and then map out a plan on how we will deal with the case. As long as the client is honest with me and gives me all of the details of their case, I can usually give them an idea of the range of punishment they are facing and what they can do to assist me in helping them. Once I appear in court on their behalf, then I will have the additional information I need to fully evaluate the case and make the decisions necessary to resolve it. The prosecutor will usually give you an idea of what they are thinking on the first court appearance and if you go in prepared, then you can negotiate on your client’s behalf very effectively.
What factors will the judge and prosecutor look at in deciding how to deal with a DUI case in Valencia? There are a number of important factors that are evaluated by the judge and prosecutor in a DUI case. Not all DUI defendants are treated the same in every case. There are a number of punishments and charges that can be used to reflect what a person charged with a DUI will receive in the end of their case.
They will look at how high the person’s blood alcohol level was at the time of driving (the higher the level, the more dangerous the person is perceived and the worse punishment they will receive). They will of course look at the person’s prior criminal record and driving record in determining what their position will be in a given case. Further, they will look at the driving and actions of the person involved, to assess how dangerous they were to the public at large. Finally they will evaluate how the person did on the field sobriety tests and how they interacted with the police.
If a person was nasty and belligerent with the police, then the police will reflect that in their police report and the prosecutors will reflect that in their offer to settle the case. If, on the other hand, I can point out to the prosecutor and judge that my client was cooperative with the police and passed some of their tests, this goes a long way towards mitigating the damages that can occur in a DUI case. If my client has a family, a good career and no prior criminal record, then the prosecutors will typically give them the benefit of the doubt in a close call case or a situation where we are trying to avoid a certain penalty, like jail time or some other serious consequences.