Los Angeles Drunk Driving Lawyer
WHAT SHOULD YOU BE CONCERNED ABOUT IF YOU HAVE A DRUNK DRIVING CASE IN LOS ANGELES?
Interestingly enough in order to be charged and convicted of a DUI case, you do not have to necessarily be drunk.
I have people come in all the time saying they were not drunk and do not understand why they were arrested. The key language that the police, prosecutor, judge and jury look at is whether or not you can safely operate a motor vehicle.
This standard does not necessarily mean you were drunk when you were driving. In fact, most people who get caught for DUI's are not falling down drunk.
This is why setting up a face to face meeting with a savvy attorney is so important from the outset of your DUI case. Setting up the map to success is crucial in a DUI case.
Field Sobriety Tests
There are a number of factors that are looked at by the police and prosecutors when deciding whether a person will be arrested and charged with a DUI in Los Angeles County.
One of the key factors is how the police claim that you did on the field sobriety tests (FST's).
These are the many tests that law enforcement typically give to a person that they suspect is driving under the influence, immediately before they arrest them.
These tests are suppose to be designed to assist the police in determining whether you were under the influence at the time of driving.
Unfortunately, it is my experience that these tests are very subjective and are subject to manipulation by the police. In fact, every person that comes into my office that has taken the field sobriety test fails them according to the police.
The reason that they must say that you failed them is in order to justify arresting you. If they do not have the probable cause to arrest you, then the whole case can later be thrown out.
Therefore they will always say you failed the tests and pick everything apart that you did during the tests.
Other indicators that the police use to claim you were drunk driving or not safely operating a motor vehicle, for purposes of a DUI, is to evaluate how you were driving (where you swerving or speeding or driving recklessly).
They will also describe how you where walking and talking during their contact with you (was your speech slurred, were your eyes dilated or were you stumbling when you were walking etc.).
Needless to say, if you were arrested for a DUI in LA County, the deck is stacked against you and you need a lawyer who is local to the court where your case is pending and has traveled the path you are about to embark upon.
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