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DUI Myths in Los Angeles


When I speak to people in person and over the phone I am amazed at all the misinformation there is out there related to DUI cases in the Los Angeles court system. It is frustrating, because I sometimes have to spend a good deal of time when I talk to potential clients explaining that what they heard or read is not true and that they are confused about certain concepts.

The best advice I can give is to sit down with a seasoned DUI attorney, give them all of the information related to your case (do not just spin the case in your favor, give good and bad details) and them let them direct you on what moves should be made on your behalf to achieve the best result.

I pride myself in meeting with clients charged with DUI’s all over Los Angeles and being able to figure out what are the best moves based on their particularized situation. Not all DUI’s are the same and not all people are the same.

Hence not all strategies are the same in every DUI case. It is crucial that before we set out on the journey of resolving your DUI case, we have a map that makes sense and will lead to a result that takes into account your criminal record, reputation, driving record and freedom. I aim at handling your case in a discreet, professional and easy manner. So that you can be back on the road again and out of the criminal justice system as soon as possible. Here are some common DUI myths.

Refusing to Take a DUI Breath Test Helps you

Not! The wisest thing to do after being pulled over is to cooperate with the police. most people do not know but refusing a breath test, although is a legal right, results in an automatic driver license suspension for up to one year. Therefore, not cooperating makes things only worse.

Eating Lowers or Spraying Breath Spray Lowers BAC

This is not true. Not eating can increase your BAC but eating after you drink does not have much effect on your blood alcohol concentration. As to breath spray, ironically some breath sprays can increase your BAC because most contact traces of alcohol and aggravate blood alcohol level. Also, if your breath is way too minty, suspicion may be raised.

Waiting Lowers Your BAC

Waiting can actually make your BAC higher because studies have shown that the highest spike of a BAC occurs about an hour after the last drink consumption.

Putting Metal, Such as Pennies, in Your Mouth Can Manipulate Breathalyzer

False! Not only does it not work but the officer has you remove everything from your mouth before conducting a Breathalyzer test.

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The “myths” mentioned above are just a few of the misconceptions people have about driving under the influence cases. If you are facing drunk driving charges, do not try to handle this on your own for it can be overwhelming and often times complicated. As DUI Lawyers we handle everything for you including the criminal proceedings and the DMV hearing doing everything we can to protect your freedom, driver license, and legal rights.

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We have successfully handled thousands of DUI cases in this courthouse over our many years of practice. Division 60 is the arraignment court in downtown Los Angeles for DUI related cases. We are frequently in this particular court dealing with the prosecutors and the judge regarding DUI cases. Our experience related to DUI cases in the Metro Courthouse has been invaluable and extremely effective in successfully resolving DUI cases in Los Angeles for our clients.

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