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Will I Go To Jail When I Appear in a Los Angeles DUI Court?

Posted by Ronald D. Hedding | Jan 27, 2021

Prosecutor Filing DUI Charges

This is a good question, and I get many people concerned that although the police may have let them go or posted bail, they will be taken to jail when appearing in court.

They're afraid that the judge will take them into custody because they're being charged with a DUI or whatever charges come with that DUI under California Vehicle Code 23152.

The answer to the question is that sometimes people are taken into custody for a DUI when they go to court.  I don't think it's a very usual circumstance.

I would say it's a usual circumstance because most of the time, the police, when they book the person, if there's going to be a situation where bail is necessary, they're going to have him post that bail. The judge will usually let that bail stand in a DUI case.

However, when the prosecutors get the case from the police and they review everything, they're the ones who decide what charges to file.  That's why I have to correct people a lot, and they say, well, the police charged me with this.

Will I Go To Jail When I Appear in a Los Angeles DUI Court?

The police can't charge anybody with anything.  They can book you for something they think you did, and then the prosecutors, who are lawyers, will decide whether they were right.

Also, whether the charges should be elevated to something higher, which would cause your bail to go up and cause you to go into custody, that's the one area where you might go into captivity for a DUI case.

Sometimes the prosecutors decide the police were wrong, especially if your attorney can get in their ear if you hire an attorney early and don't file the case.

Retaining a DUI Lawyer

Other times, they file precisely what the police arrested the person for, and if that's a DUI, you can expect to get charged with a DUI.  You'll hire your lawyer.  Your lawyer will go in:

  •  enter a not guilty plea on your behalf,
  • get the discovery in the case, which is the paperwork, review it with you, and
  • then, you'll decide precisely how you want to handle the case.

Where bail gets a little bit hinky in these DUI cases is when someone's blood-alcohol level was very high at the time of the incident, or they were going extremely fast or dangerous, or they got into some accident.

Suppose the judge finds that out, the judge will be concerned.  That person may be a danger to the community.  They may have an alcohol problem that needs to be addressed before they get bail.

AA Meetings Due to High Blood Alcohol Level

In that circumstance, they say to the lawyer; I'm going to release your client on their recognizance on a promise to appear. Still, I will order them to do a certain number of AA meetings per week because their blood alcohol level was high.

I'm concerned they might continue to drink, get in the car again, and kill somebody, and then I'm going to feel responsible as a judge for letting him go on his recognizance.

So, that's one weapon in DUI cases that the judges have to order people to do AA meetings while the case is pending, so they can make sure if they have any alcohol problems, that hopefully, that will help them think about it.

Criminal Lawyer for DUI Charges in Los Angeles

So, if you or a loved one was arrested for a DUI in Los Angeles County, the San Fernando Valley, I've been doing this now for almost 30 years.

I've handled thousands of DUI cases in all of the 38 courts in Los Angeles county. I know what it takes to keep you out of jail.  I know what it takes to protect you, your rights, your reputation, and liberty.

Pick up the phone.  Ask for a meeting with Ron Hedding.  You've to the right place.  I stand at the ready to help you. Hedding Law Firm is a top-rated criminal defense law firm located in Los Angeles County at 16000 Ventura Blvd #1208 Encino, CA 91436.

We serve people in all Southern California courts, including LA County, Orange County, Ventura County, Santa Barbara County, Hollywood, Torrance, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Riverside, and San Bernardino. Contact us for a free case evaluation at (213) 542-0963.

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