Police Must Have Probable Cause
The Glendale court has been in existence for a long time. There are a lot of DUI arrests in that area. The Glendale police department is very tough on crime, always looking to pull somebody over, even when they really shouldn't be pulling the person over.
If you're driving late at night or on the weekends, they're looking to see whether or not you might be driving under the influence of alcohol, and they pull people over a lot of times for no reason. Unfortunately, it's difficult sometimes to prove that you've been pulled over for no reason, but that is a defense to a DUI.
No one can pull a person over, even if they're law enforcement, for no reason. They have to have probable cause. In other words, there has to be some traffic violation typically to pull a person over.
Another way the Glendale police department and even the CHP in the Glendale area can arrest and prosecute people for DUIs is if the person gets involved in an accident.
I can't tell you how many accident scenes near the 134 Freeway will cause the police to come up, start talking to a person, and ask them if they'd been drinking.
Many people are honest and say they have, or they can smell alcohol on the person's breath. Again, if it's late a night and you're on the freeway or even if you're on the city streets and you're involved in an accident, the Glendale police department is going to be looking to arrest you, cite you, and send you into the Glendale courthouse.
Experienced Glendale Drunk Driving Lawyer
I've been handling cases in the Glendale courthouse since the early 1990s. I've got 26 years of experience handling thousands of DUI cases.
Do yourself a favor; if you've got a DUI in the Glendale courthouse, come to somebody who has a lot of experience and a lot of success and knows with at least your first-time DUI, do it once right, and never do it again.
So, if you've got a case coming up, your license has been taken away, you've got to deal with both the DMV and the Glendale courthouse, hire somebody like me. I will make the first court appearance for you. I will get all the paperwork related to your case, starting the defense immediately.
I will speak to the prosecutors, and I will likely continue the case for a few weeks, get you a copy of the paperwork so we can both sit down in the privacy of my office and decide what the best defense strategy is for your Glendale DUI.
Challenging Prosecutor's Evidence in DUI Cases
Is it going to be taking the case to trial? Is it going to be attacking the breath or blood test? Is it going to be attacking the stop?
Are you going to try to get video evidence? We're going to look at the machine's calibration records used to test your breath. What about trying to get the video from the police vehicle, if one exists?
We've got to look at every angle, and if after we do that, we decide that they're probably going to be able to convict you for the DUI, what we're next going to try to do is get you something less than a DUI.
Often, especially if your blood alcohol level is close to the legal limit and you have no prior DUI record, I can convince the Glendale prosecutors to give you something other than a DUI.
For example, a wet reckless, a dry reckless, a speed contest, or something that makes more sense for somebody under the influence. .08 cases are cases that put you in an excellent position to argue that you shouldn't have to plead guilty or no contest to a full-fledged DUI.
Contact Hedding Law Firm If Charged with a DUI
So, pick up the phone. Ask to speak to Ron Hedding, someone who's done hundreds of DUI cases in the Glendale courthouse knows what it takes to win, knows what it takes to negotiate, and knows which one to do at the right time.
I will give it to you straight. I will charge you a reasonable fee. If you need help in the Glendale courthouse — you've been arrested — you've gotten your license taken away from the DMV — pick up the phone, set up a meeting with me. I will do everything I can to help you.
Hedding Law Firm is a DUI defense law firm located in the San Fernando Valley at 16000 Ventura Blvd #1208 Encino, CA 91436. Contact us for a free case evaluation at (213) 542-0963.