DUI is a Criminal Offense
Berglund Law Office, P.C. is a law firm that specializes in traffic related offense like DUI. A person is considered "under the influence" if their ability to drive has been impaired, whether by alcohol, marijuana, illegal drugs, or prescription drugs. It is best to CONTACT an experienced DUI lawyer as soon as possible following an arrest for DUI. 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. If arrested for DUI you will likely have two separate actions against you: criminal charges and a DMV administrative action.
DUI is not a traffic infraction (e.g., speeding, texting while driving, etc.). If you are arrested for DUI, a criminal charges will be filed against you unless the prosecutor declines to file the case due to insufficient evidence. A DUI conviction can have a devastating impact on a person's life, adversely affecting employment, finances, child custody agreements, and freedom. North Hollywood misdemeanor and felony DUI cases will be filed at the Van Nuys Courthouse. Do not go to Court alone and represent yourself. Do not assume that you must plea guilty to DUI and have no other options. CONTACT our office today and speak with an experienced North Hollywood DUI lawyer.
What Happens To My License After I Am Arrested?
DUI is a criminal offense, not to be mistaken with a traffic violation such as speeding or running a red light. If you were arrested on suspicion of DUI involving alcohol, the law enforcement officers likely confiscated your driver's license and issued a pink "temporary" license that is good for 30 days. However, you only have 10 days from the arrest date to request a Department of Motor Vehicles (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 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 North Hollywood DUI Lawyer should be contacted as soon as possible following a DUI arrest to ensure that your driving privilege is protected.
DUI Enforcement in North Hollywood
Between the many activities and entertainment located throughout the NoHo Arts District, and the many people accessing Metro, a large number of pedestrians can be found on North Hollywood city streets at all hours of the day and night. The Los Angeles Police Department is always on the lookout for DUI drivers in order to keep North Hollywood safe for pedestrians. DUI saturation patrols take place regularly. A saturation patrol consists of a large number of law enforcement officers patrolling a specific area during a set time to increase visibility of enforcement. LAPD officers look for impaired driving behaviors, such as aggressive driving, speeding, and following too closely. Similar to sobriety checkpoints, the primary purpose of DUI saturation patrols is to deter driving after drinking by increasing the perceived risk of arrest.
DUI checkpoints are also common in North Hollywood. 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 rideshare drivers, taxis, or public transportation. Misdemeanor DUI arrest reports from North Hollywood are forwarded to the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office for criminal prosecution. Felony DUI arrest reports are forwarded to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. If you need a North Hollywood DUI Lawyer to defend you against DUI charges, CONTACT our office today.
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North Hollywood is a neighborhood in the City of Los Angeles located in the San Fernando Valley. North Hollywood is home to the NoHo Arts District and Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. According to Wikipedia, the NoHo Arts District is home of many contemporary theaters, art galleries, cafes, and shops. The community is generally bounded by Hatteras Street to the north, Cahuenga Blvd. to the east, Tujunga Ave. to the west, and Camarillo Street to the south. Lankershim Blvd. is home to several popular restaurants and bars. Law enforcement officers watch patrons depart from these popular locations and look for traffic violations that will provide them with a legal reason to stop the vehicle. If officers observe objective symptoms of impairment upon making contact with the driver, a DUI investigation will be performed.
DUI Attorney Consultation
If you have been arrested for DUI, CONTACT a skilled North Hollywood DUI Lawyer today. DUI Attorney Robert D. Berglund will personally speak with you about 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 and look for any problems of proof that the prosecution may have in proving its DUI case against you. Do not delay if you are facing North Hollywood DUI charges, CONTACT our office today for a free and confidential consultation.