Los Angeles DUI Attorney
Arrested for driving under the influence in Los Angeles?
After a DUI arrest, many people wonder if they truly need to obtain the services of an attorney. If you have been charged with a DUI in California, you will face the possibility of serious penalties such as jail time, costly fines, probation and more. The harsh consequences of a DUI conviction will disrupt your life for years to come and they only increase with every subsequent DUI charge. If you have been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, speaking with a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney from Lessem & Newstat will greatly increase your chances of avoiding a conviction.
You can be arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in California if you are driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of .08 percent or greater. If you have been arrested for drunk driving in California, you could potentially lose your license temporarily, be made to face jail time and large fines. This is true even if it is your first offense. California is notoriously hard on DUI offenders and you must take action immediately after an arrest to build a strong defense against your DUI.
Tips for Fighting a DUI in Los Angeles, CA
Many do not realize that DUI charges can be defeated in court, and that you don't have to accept a conviction just because you have been accused of a DUI. Law enforcement officers use several different methods to detect intoxication, and these methods are not always foolproof. On the contrary, our firm has handled many DUIs that involve field sobriety tests and we have successfully challenged and defeated these DUI charges in court.
The three main types of field sobriety tests that are used by law enforcement officers in Los Angeles include the Horizontal Nystagmus Test, the Walk and Turn Test, and the One-Leg Stand Test. Law enforcement officers must receive proper training in order to administer and interpret these tests correctly, but there are still external factors that can distort the results of a field sobriety test. According to studies by the national government, even the most reliable field sobriety test is only 77% accurate in determining whether a driver has a BAC above .10% or not.
If a suspect has physical or mental impairments, if an officer moves around while conducting the test, or if the suspect's attire interferes with their ability to perform the test, this is also grounds to dispute your DUI. If you have been arrested because you failed a breathalyzer test, our skilled Los Angeles DUI lawyers can help you determine the best legal strategy for fighting your charges and defending your rights. To find out how your case can be defended, speak with an attorney from Lessem & Newstat today.
Ultimately, you must keep in mind that you have the right to decline to take a field sobriety test under California law. You do not have the option to refuse a chemical test, but you can politely decline a field sobriety test.
DUI Lawyer Serving Los Angeles, CA
At Lessem & Newstat, we have over 50 years of combined experience assisting clients with DUI charges. We effectively fight against DUI charges and have been able to obtain hundreds of dismissals for our clients. If you are in the Los Angeles area, please speak with an attorney from our firm that can start giving you the legal advice you need immediately.
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