An article on Wehoville.com states that drivers who are accused of operating under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs cause collisions once a week on average in West Hollywood. This is according to a new report by WeHo by the Numbers based on numbers from the California Highway Patrol and other agencies. The report states there is a big difference between West Hollywood and neighboring cities such as Beverly Hills, Burbank, Culver City, Los Angeles and Santa Monica when it comes to DUI collisions.
What the report found is that DUI collisions seem to be twice as common in West Hollywood compared to nearby cities: 31 DUI crashes per 100 million vehicle miles traveled (VMT) in West Hollywood versus 15 in Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Burbank respectively; 10 in Culver City and six in Beverly Hills. The report also qualified those numbers with the observation that DUI crashes actually make up a smaller share of total collisions in the city compared to neighboring areas. So the DUI collision rate may be higher in West Hollywood in part because the overall collision rate is higher.
If you’ve been arrested on suspicion of a DUI, you should certainly fight the charges instead of pleading no contest. This is because there are a number of factors including medical conditions and equipment malfunctions that can mess up a DUI investigation by generating falsely high readings. DUI blood testing is also prone to error. As California DUI defense attorneys, we have found so many times that when we test clients’ blood samples at independent labs, we get different results.
Sometimes, we also discover that the original sample was contaminated, negating the evidence altogether. Moreover, police officers and agencies don’t follow proper procedures and protocols while conducting DUI investigations leaving significant room for error. So, our advice would be to defend the charges because the consequences of a DUI conviction could be devastating. The stakes are too high for you to not try.
If you are convicted of a DUI in California, you are looking at many years of facing the consequences, even if it’s a first-time DUI. Here are just some of the consequences you may be looking at after a drunk driving conviction in California:
If you or a loved one has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, it is crucial that you speak with one of our experienced Southern California DUI defense lawyers who can take apart the prosecution’s case and successfully defend the charges you are facing. We can also help you minimize the consequences and accomplish the best possible outcome.
We have significant experience fighting for the rights of our clients and have successfully defended hundreds of clients who have been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Call the Law Offices of Randy Collins today for a no-cost consultation and case evaluation.
In California, defendants who are facing their third charge for driving under the influence will encounter few chances and harsh penalties. A third offense DUI defendant is seen as especially dangerous by the courts and the resulting penalties are severe and have serious long-term consequences. If you have been charged with your third DUI offense in California, a qualified DUI criminal defense attorney can help defend your rights in court.
DUI offenses in California are always misdemeanors unless one of the following is true, making it a felony.
Third offense DUI defendants in California will face both administrative and criminal penalties. Your driver’s license will be suspended for up to three years; however, if applicable, after one year you may be eligible for a restricted license to use in limited circumstances, such as driving to work.
The criminal penalties for a third DUI offense are severe. A defendant will face a minimum of 120 days in jail, with a possible maximum sentence of one year. Jail alternatives may be available: a DUI criminal defense lawyer may be able to negotiate for a shorter time in jail in exchange for a portion of your sentence served as community service, drug and alcohol rehab or house arrest. You will also incur a minimum fine of $390; the fine may be increased to as much as $1000. You will also serve a minimum probationary period of three years with a possible maximum of five years. The judge will also order you to complete an 18-month DUI course.
The standard criminal penalties can also be increased if there are certain factors present in your DUI case. These factors are known as “enhancements” and include:
Any one of these factors can result in an additional charge and even harsher penalties.
If you have been charged with your 3rd DUI offense in California, the severe administrative and criminal penalties associated with your crime make hiring an attorney extremely important. Contact a qualified DUI criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible to ensure that you receive the best legal defense.Free Case Evaluation
Those in Southern California can call the Law Offices of Randy Collins to obtain a free case evaluation. Call (888) 250-2865 today to speak with an experienced DUI attorney and get the answers you’re looking for.
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