Los Angeles DUI Lawyer
Lawyers Dedicated to DUI Defense
As soon as you have been arrested for drunk driving, it is in your best interests to contact an experienced and dedicated DUI attorney. DUI charges are not only very serious, they can be extremely stressful, upsetting and even humiliating. If you have been arrested for DUI, you are probably wondering what will happen to your car, your license, your driving privileges and your record. You have only 10 days from the date of your arrest to contact the DMV and schedule a hearing, or your license will be automatically suspended. You need to act quickly.
The sooner you speak with a lawyer who knows exactly how to handle these types of cases, the sooner your case can be evaluated and your defense can be built. The DUI defense team at Gold & Witham is solely dedicated to providing aggressive and comprehensive defense to individuals throughout Los Angeles who have been charged with drunk driving. These lawyers specialize in drunk driving cases.
Consult an Attorney
Nobody expects to be pulled over and arrested for a DUI. Though it can be an extremely stressful situation, you must keep your rights in mind. You have a legal right to speak with an attorney and it is in your best interests to exercise that right. When you speak with a DUI lawyer, you will be able to get the counsel that you need to ensure that you do everything you can to protect your rights and freedom.
When you have been arrested for or charged with DUI, law enforcement and investigators will question you regarding the situation and attempt to get information from you to use against you in court. This is typically accomplished through various drunk driving tests, including field sobriety tests, breathalyzer tests and blood tests. The officer's observations of your behavior and any statements you make may also be used against you. When you speak to law enforcement, everything you say can and will be used against you if your case goes to trial, making it very important to remember your rights.
Before telling law enforcement anything, it is vital that you first contact an experienced attorney. It is your right to have an attorney with you, and at our firm we can ensure that you will have the chance to tell investigators only what is absolutely necessary, to help your case have a significantly improved chance of obtaining a successful conclusion.
Why hire a DUI attorney?
A DUI conviction can very seriously and negatively impact your life, especially if you have prior drunk driving-related convictions on your record. A second,
fourth DUI will have a tremendous impact on various areas of your life, due to the harsh
penalties enforced for
multiple DUI offenses. With the help of an experienced and knowledgeable legal professional to challenge DUI testing and evidence, you could greatly increase your chances of avoiding harsh and unnecessary penalties.
When you are looking for a DUI attorney, it is important to keep in mind experience and success record. The attorneys at our firm are fully prepared to utilize their over 40 years of combined experience in the area of DUI defense in order to give you the best chance at success in your case. Your driving privileges and rights are important to you and they should be equally important to your attorney. We understand the ins and outs of the
DUI court process and
DMV hearings alike and use this experience to protect our clients' licenses while helping them avoid
jail time, heavy fines and other criminal penalties.
Just as no two individuals are the same, no two Los Angeles DUI cases are the same. At our law firm, the attorneys believe in approaching each case as its own unique situation. Your attorney will work with you to evaluate your case and craft a tailor-made defense on your behalf. Your needs and concerns should be important to your attorney and that is why the DUI team will work closely with each and every client to ensure that each case is treated with the consideration, dedication and respect that it deserves.
The Most Common Mistake in Hiring A DUI Lawyer
If you have decided to hire a DUI attorney, you should always keep in mind that even if an attorney works in criminal defense, he or she is not necessarily qualified to handle a DUI defense case.
If a lawyer does not focus on drunk driving offenses and their related charges and laws, that lawyer will not be able to offer you the best possible defense for your drunk driving case. These factors of focus and experience are truly what sets the legal team at our law offices apart. The firm is devoted to defending those who have been arrested for drunk driving in Los Angeles.
Driving Under the Influence Information
After your arrest, you probably have many questions and concerns, especially if this is your first DUI. The first thing you need to know is that a DUI has two elements: the administrative and the criminal. This means that you could face consequences from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) such as driver's license suspension, and you can also face criminal consequences such as jail time and fines. Gold & Witham Los Angeles DUI attorneys can represent you at both. The administrative hearing will come first, as you only have
ten days after a DUI arrest to request this hearing.
One of the key factors evaluated at both hearings is drunk driving test evidence such as:
Although the evidence may indicate that you were over the legal limit at the time you were driving (.08 percent BAC), these tests can be inaccurate or unlawfully administered. This is why you have the right to defense from an attorney. Gold & Witham can challenge DUI evidence, contest
unlawful police stops and improper
Not all DUIs are equal, which is why our DUI lawyers are prepared to defend against a number of different charges, such as drug-related DUIs: DUI of drugs and
prescription medication offenses. We also understand what is at stake in more serious DUI cases, such as
DUIs resulting in injury and
vehicular manslaughter. These could be charged as felony offenses.
Our firm can also offer you information on DUI expungement if you have already been convicted and you are looking to get your record sealed. We can offer insight into license suspension stemming from a
refused breath test. No matter your concerns, questions or particular needs, we are confident in our ability to offer you the help you need.
Repercussions of a DUI Conviction
The punishments for a drunk driving conviction can be very severe, even if you have no prior criminal record. You could be subject to the following punishments:
If you have prior convictions on you record, you could be facing increased penalties. A second DUI conviction could land you in jail for up to a year. Besides paying fines and court fees of up to $2800, you could lose your license for two years. After a fourth DUI, you will be charged with a felony and could permanently lose your license. If you were charged with DUI and another individual was injured, you could spend time in state prison.
Depending on the severity of the injuries and the amount of people injured, this sentence could be three years or more. The penalty for vehicular manslaughter is up to ten years in prison, depending on how much negligence was involved. There are many more aggravating factors that can lead to more severe penalties. If you would like to discuss these penalties with a legal professional, please talk to a Los Angeles DUI attorney from our firm.
Helpful Videos from Our Lawyers
Click on the links below to watch helpful videos that our firm has provided. We want to share our knowledge with you, so that you can be better informed about the charges that you are facing. First of all, we explain why hiring a DUI attorney is essential for the defense of your case, and why Gold & Witham may be right for you. In the following videos, our firm explains the penalties connected to the various types of drunk driving charges as well as information on the DUI process from the traffic stop to the field sobriety tests to the arrest. Having dealt with DUI cases for a substantial amount of time, our firm also is fully aware of the politics surrounding drunk driving cases as well as controversial cases such as underage DUI and celebrity DUI. We hope these videos prove to be informative to you.
Cities & Counties our Los Angeles DUI Attorneys Serve:
At our firm, we take pride in providing our clients with only the highest quality legal counsel and the most aggressive representation possible. We know that your future is on the line, and we want to offer you the personal attention as well as the dedicated representation you need in this situation in order to avoid the many negative consequences associated with a drunk driving conviction in California. Following are some of the particular cities that our attorneys serve throughout Southern California:
Los Angeles County:
Alhambra, Altadena, Azusa, Bel Air,
Beverly Hills, Brentwood,
Burbank, Calabasas, Carson, Cerritos, Chatsworth, Chino, Compton, Corona, Culver City,
Downey, Eagle Rock,
El Monte, Encino, Gardena,
Inglewood, La Canada, La Crescenta, Lakewood, La Puente, La Vern,
Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Marina Del Rey, Monrovia, Montebello, Monterey Park,
Pomona, Redondo Beach, Rosemead, San Dimas,
San Fernando, San Gabriel, San Pedro, Santa Clarita,
Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Sierra Madre,
South Bay, South Gate, Sun Valley, Temple City, Valencia,
Van Nuys, Vernon,
West Covina-Citrus Court, West Hollywood, Westwood, Whittier
Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove,
Harbor Justice Center, Laguna Beach, Los Alamitos, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach/
North Justice Center, Orange, Placentia,
Santa Ana, Tustin,
Westminster, Yorba Linda