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What to Look Out for on Holidays for DUI Activity

  • By: Ron Hedding
  • Published: January 1, 2020

The police will be out in force this holiday season — Christmas, New Years.  This is the time when they make most of their arrests.  Not just on the days of Christmas and New Year’s, but also New Year’s Eve and all the weekends leading up to these holidays.

Even the weekdays people are going to Christmas parties, coming home drunk, not realizing — the people who even haven’t drank much — realizing how alcohol can affect you.  They’re having a few drinks trying to drive home and end up either getting in an accident, swerving on the road, being pulled over by the California Highway Patrol, or another great thing that the police have out there, especially during the holidays, is checkpoints.

DUI Sobriety Checkpoints

So, you’ll be driving along safely, no problem and all of a sudden you drive right into a DUI checkpoint.  Police have the right to set those up.  They can start asking you questions about whether you’ve had anything to drink.What to Look Out for on Holidays for Los Angeles DUI Activity

Also, where you’ve been, and those poor fools that say that they’ve had a couple of drinks, they’re just coming from a bar or restaurant, they’re going to be yanked out of the car and are going to be tested with field sobriety tests.

Ultimately, the police at the checkpoints will have everything they need to get the person right in jail really quick — breath machine, the ability to take somebody’s blood and you’re done.

The holiday season is ruined.  So, hopefully you’re getting this message before you pick up a DUI in Los Angeles county.

DUI Lawyer for Local Los Angeles Courts

But if it’s after, pick up the phone.  Make the call.  I’ve handled thousands of DUI’s over a 25+ year career.  I know the local courts.  I know how to handle them.  I know all the ins and outs of an illegal stop, an illegal search, an illegal statement and I know how to attack the breath machine.

I know how to do a blood split and attack the blood.  Not all of those challenges are available to every client.  Some client’s simply have been caught and they need to do damage control and that’s where I come in, especially during the holidays.

There’s going to be a lot of cases going to court and the way they set it up is, they just set up cases, one right after the other, so all the cases that are arrested on New Year’s Eve for example are all going to be going to court about 30 days later.

San Fernando Valley Jurisdiction

The ones that get caught in Van Nuys or the San Fernando Valley jurisdictions will go to Van Nuys, Division 103 — that’s a misdemeanor arraignment court.  If you were unlucky enough to get in an accident or hurt somebody, you’ll go to Department 100 — that’s the felony arraignment court.

In San Fernando in the north end of the Valley, all of the felonies go to Department S and all of the misdemeanors go to Department M.  I’ve been handling cases in all of these courts.

Many times all the cases in downtown Los Angeles will go to 1945 Hill Street, Division 60.  That’s the main arraignment court down there.  Of course, there are other arraignment courts like the LAX or the Airport Court.

Cases will be handled in that courthouse as well that occur on the westside in that court’s jurisdiction.  Cases that occur in Malibu are split between the Airport Court and Van Nuys now that Malibu Court is closed down.  The list just goes on and on and on.

Thousands of DUI’s are arrested during the holiday season and if you have been caught up in this big broad net, sometimes they make mistakes.  Sometimes they don’t do things right.

Sometimes your blood alcohol level is not that high.  Get an attorney no matter what, even if it’s not me, get somebody who knows what they’re doing, having been down this road before, can do damage control for you and get you out of the criminal justice system as fast possible and protect your rights, your freedom, your reputation, your driving record and your criminal record.

Ron Hedding

About the Author Named Top Los Angeles DUI Defence Attorney by LA Times and named one of the Top 100 DUI Defence attorneys in California by the National Trial Lawyers Association. I'm the attorney other lawyers hire to defend them.