DUI Cases in Los Angeles
Los Angeles DUI Defense Lawyer
An individual who drinks and then operates a motor vehicle is in violation of the law. A driver with a blood alcohol content of .08% or higher is legally driving while intoxicated. A DUI charge is a serious criminal offense with significant penalties. Okabe & Haushalter represents many clients with arrested and charged with drunk driving. It is important to contact a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney and to seek legal advice following a DUI arrest. Our attorneys are experienced and knowledgeable in all areas dealing with DUI charges whether a misdemeanor or
felony offense allegation.
An individual with a DUI charge faces prosecution from the criminal courts and loss of driving privileges through the DMV. A defendant has the right to request a DMV hearing within 10 days of an arrest to contest the license suspension that will automatically occur if there is no effort to fight it. It is best to have legal representation at a DMV hearing, and a favorable outcome can assist a defendant during criminal court proceedings. The DMV has the ability to suspend or revoke California driver's licenses. They also have the ability to reinstate licenses. The criminal courts impose other even more frightening and serious penalties in DUI convictions. Common penalties for a DUI conviction can include:
- Mandatory jail time and probation
- DUI school and counseling programs
- Community service
- Fines and court fees
- Ignition interlock device installation
- Vehicle impoundment or forfeiture
The circumstances of a DUI incident would determine the severity of punishment for the offense. A drunk driver that causes an accident with injuries or fatalities can face harsh penalties including state prison, forever altering their future opportunities. A DUI related hit-and-run traffic accident resulting in injuries and extensive property damage is a felony offense with a long prison sentence.
The courts pay particular attention to prior DUI offenses when deciding upon sentencing. It is an automatic felony for an individual with three or more DUI convictions within 10 years. DUI laws are strict on underage drunk drivers and can affect the career and schooling for the DUI offender. Ryan T. Okabe and Mark J. Haushalter have helped many clients with DUI allegations. Make an appointment today for a consultation with one of our DUI defense attorneys.
Contact a Los Angeles DUI Defense Lawyer
for legal assistance for a DUI charge.