They have an office on the fourth floor in the San Fernando Courthouse and they staff all of the misdemeanor DUI courts. There is an exception to that though. The District Attorney’s office handles all of the felony DUI matters.
The dividing line is a felony versus a misdemeanor in San Fernando. However, some of the courthouses only have District Attorneys, so they’ll have to handle all of the DUI matters in those particular courthouses.
If you have a DUI matter in the San Fernando Courthouse, you can bet that typically the City Attorney is going to handle it, unless also another exception to this rule that the City Attorney handles DUI cases is when a crime occurs in the City of San Fernando, which is a very small area that makes up part of the San Fernando jurisdiction, then the District Attorneys will handle that particular case.
It is some sort of a contract issue with the city and this is why the DA’s office is handling a DUI or even other cases that occur in the City of San Fernando. See related: California Vehicle Code 23152.
Your best strategy if you have a DUI case, you should be looking at who is going to be handling it, but you should also, obviously look at what type of potential results you’re looking at from your DUI.
A lot of people who get DUI’s and have to go in the San Fernando Court have a spotless record and even those people who don’t have spotless records obviously want to end up with the best result.
You want an attorney who is local to the Court when you have a DUI case there, and what I mean by that is someone who appears there a lot. My office is relatively close to the San Fernando Courthouse, but I’m there all the time. That’s just an area that I’m known for practicing in. I do a lot of DUI cases there. I do a lot of other cases there as well.
So, if you have a DUI matter and you got a ticket — a yellow or blue ticket — and you have a court date pending the San Fernando Courthouse, then obviously you’re going to want to get someone like me to represent you.
Typically, what we do is go in and speak to the City Attorney on your behalf. On the first court appearance we don’t make you go in.
We pick up whatever paperwork there is related to the case — the police report and any other items related to your DUI matter. We review it and then I will talk to the City Attorney about it and talk to them about you.
Obviously, I’m going to be looking at the factors that they’re going to look at — how high was the blood alcohol level? Do you have a prior criminal record? How dangerous were you when you were driving? Were you speeding? Did you get in an accident or did they just pull you over for some reason like swerving, not having your lights on or some other traffic-related violation.
That’s one of the big things the judges and prosecutors look at in DUI cases in San Fernando, and that’s how dangerous you were out on the road.
Because their tasked with protecting the public and if they’ve got somebody who is dangerous and intoxicated, they’re obviously going to want to punish that person and create a deterrent for them to get another DUI case.
So, pick up the phone now. Contact our law firm and we can talk about your San Fernando DUI case and I can see what I can do to help you.