Los Angeles DUI Attorney

Arrested for driving under the influence?

After a DUI arrest, many people wonder if they truly need 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 can 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, LLP will greatly increase your chances of avoiding a conviction.


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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 be required to pay large fines. This is true even if it is your first offense. California is notoriously tough on DUI offenders and you must take action immediately after an arrest to build a strong defense.

Tips for Fighting a DUI in Los Angeles

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. Additionally, we have decades of experience.

There are three types of field sobriety tests used by law enforcement officers in Los Angeles:

  • Horizontal Nystagmus Test,
  • Walk and Turn Test,
  • One-Leg Stand Test

Police officers must receive proper training to administer and interpret sobriety tests. Even if an officer is qualified to give the test, external factors can distort the results. 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%.

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 decline a field sobriety test.

You can find more information on our DUI FAQ.

DUI Lawyer Serving Los Angeles, CA

At Lessem & Newstat, LLP, we have over 50 years of combined experience representing clients charged for driving under the influence. We effectively fight against DUI charges and have been able to obtain hundreds of dismissals for our clients. If you or someone you love have been charged for DUI in the Los Angeles Area, Ventura County, or any of the surrounding Southern California communities, please speak with an attorney from our firm who can start giving you the legal advice you need immediately.

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