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 & Tooson, LLP 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.
DUI Lawyer Serving Los Angeles, CA
At Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, 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.
To request a FREE case review, contact us today. We are available 24/7.