DUI is a Criminal Offense
DUI is not a traffic infraction, such as speeding or driving with expired registration. DUI is a criminal matter. Berglund Law Office, P.C. is a law firm that specializes in representing drivers who have been arrested for suspicion of DUI. Call us today at (877) 667-1205 or fill out our CONTACT submission form if you have been arrested for DUI in Chatsworth. You do not want to go to Court alone without a good DUI lawyer by your side. DUI Attorney Robert D. Berglund vigorously represents his clients to ensure that they are treated fairly under the law and receive the best possible outcome in their cases.
DUI Criminal Case Filed
If you are arrested for DUI in Chatsworth, a criminal complaint will be filed against you unless the prosecutor declines to file the case due to insufficient evidence. A DUI conviction can adversely affect you in several different ways. Most noteworthy, it is a a criminal conviction. It is not merely a blemish on your driving record such as a speeding ticket.
What Happens To My Driver's License After I Am Arrested?
When you are arrested for DUI you may face two separate actions against you: a criminal case and a Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) administrative case. If you were arrested on suspicion of Driving Under the Influence of alcohol with a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater, the LAPD, Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, or California Highway Patrol officers likely confiscated your driver's license and issued a pink "temporary" license that is good for 30 days. However, what they may have forgotten to tell you is you only have 10 days from the arrest date to request a DMV Administrative Per Se (APS) hearing from the DMV Driver Safety Office. If you fail to request an APS hearing, your driver's license will automatically be suspended in 30 days (upon expiration of the temporary license). How long the license remains suspended will depend on whether you have prior DUI offenses and how many. An experienced Chatsworth DUI Lawyer should be contacted as soon as possible following a DUI arrest to ensure that your driving privilege is protected.
DUI Enforcement in Chatsworth
Chatsworth is a suburban neighborhood in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley. Residents live there to take advantage of the more affordable homes (in comparison to other parts of Los Angeles), good schools, suburban vibe, and safe community. The Los Angeles Police Department is always on the lookout for DUI drivers in order to keep Chatsworth families safe. Officers are cracking down on illegal street racing which poses a danger to other drivers and pedestrians alike. DUI "lookout" patrols are regularly conducted in Chatsworth.
Chatsworth DUI Checkpoints
DUI checkpoints are held at busy intersections, such as the recent one at Topanga Canyon Blvd. and San Jose Street. A major benefit of DUI checkpoints is the deterrent effect that they have on those who might drive drunk or drugged, bringing about more awareness and encouraging people to use Uber, Lyft, taxis, or public transportation. If you are caught DUI in Chatsworth you will be arrested.
San Fernando Courthouse
Misdemeanor DUI arrest reports from Chatsworth are forwarded to the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office for criminal prosecution. Felony DUI arrest reports are sent to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. These cases are prosecuted at the San Fernando Courthouse. If you need a Chatsworth DUI lawyer to defend you against DUI charges, call us at (877) 667-1205 or submit our CONTACT form today.
Dedicated Chatsworth DUI Defense Lawyer
If you have been arrested for DUI, CONTACT a skilled Chatsworth DUI lawyer today. DUI Attorney Robert D. Berglund will personally call you to discuss what happened. He will ask you to tell him your story and explain exactly what happened, understanding that each and every DUI case is unique in its own way. This information will allow him to evaluate your case carefully so that he can provide you with an honest assessment of how things look and the consequences that you may face. Do not delay if you were arrested for DUI in Chatsworth, CONTACT our office today for a free and confidential consultation.