The Van Nuys court pretty much controls the San Fernando Valley, middle, west end, and there are a lot of DUIs. They have a lot of check points, a lot of CHP and LAPD looking to pull people over to check to see if they're driving under the influence.
The way you defend these cases is, you have to look at what the reason was for the pullover for example, because they just can't pull people over for any reason, even though we all know they do it.
We have to be able to show that they pull the person over for an unlawful reason. Maybe they were waiting outside a bar or maybe they just pulled them over for no reason.
Unlawful Police Stop & Blood Alcohol Level
A lot of these cars are equipped with dashcam videos, so sometimes we can catch them lying, claiming they pulled somebody over for a certain reason and the prove that in reality, the reason was because they were just pulling people over randomly trying to catch people driving under the influence.
The way I defend it is to first look to see if it was a lawful pullover. Then we're going to look to see what your blood alcohol level was and how they got the blood alcohol level.
Did they use blood? Did they take your breath?
After that, we're looking at any angle that we can. I see all sorts of cases in the San Fernando Valley getting moved into the Van Nuys court where you have a situation where something unlawful has been done.
Whether it be how they take the blood, how they take the breath, how they pull the person over, whether the person can pass the field sobriety test, at least according to them. T
here's a whole host of things that we look at when we're defending a DUI.
Negotiation with Prosecutor for Reduced DUI Charges
You also have to be realistic and realize that part of defending a DUI is sometimes the prosecutors have the evidence. If they've got the evidence, part of my job as a defense attorney is to try to see if we can get a different charge than a DUI.
For example, there's a dry reckless, a wet reckless, speed contest, moving violations — there's all sorts of charges that can be substituted in for a full-fledged DUI.
There's even charges that can be substituted in by the prosecutors to make the case more serious in the Van Nuys court.
So, you have to look at everything. I'm always looking to try to dismiss a case, but if I can't dismiss it, the next thing is, I'm looking at getting a different charge than a DUI.
Then you start looking at the punishment. Is the person going to be given jail time, a huge fine, community service, are they going to lose their driver's license with the DMV?
That's another aspect your have to look at because if you're pulled over in the San Fernando Valley and you're arrested and charged with a DUI, the police are going to send in your information to the DMV.
The next thing that's going to happen is, you're going to have to defend yourself or they're going to automatically take your driver's license away. You have to call them within 10 days. We usually do it for our clients.
Then we have to figure out whether or not you have any defenses, whether or not the DMV can prove what they need to in order to try to take your driver's license away.
Contact the Hedding Law Firm If Charged with a DUI
So, if you've got a DUI in the Van Nuys courthouse, you've come to the right place. I've been practicing there for 26 years. I've done thousands of DUIs there.
I know how to defend them. I know the players, the judges, the prosecutors. I know what it takes to win and I know when it's the best move to try to negotiate.
So, pick up the phone. Ask for a face to face meeting with Ron Hedding. I will do everything I can to help you.
Hedding Law Firm is a criminal defense law firm located in the San Fernando Valley at 16000 Ventura Blvd #1208 Encino, CA 91436.
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