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The winter holiday season is typically one of the busiest times of the year for Los Angeles DUI lawyers. This season however, is likely to be more demanding than usual. Law enforcement officers arrested more numbers of people for DUI this season in Los Angeles County, compared to the previous year.
According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, there was an increase of at least 250 DUI arrests from 2010. Close to 1, 500 people were arrested for DUI over a 10-day period. Last year, during the same period of time, there had been 1, 260 arrests.
Additionally, the final number of arrests for this particular time is likely to be higher, because some agencies have still not submitted their final tally. The statistics are only for between midnight December 16 and midnight December 25. The final tally for the number of people arrested over the New Year's holiday has not come in yet. However, Los Angeles DUI attorneys expect the number of people arrested for DUI over the New Year's holiday to be higher than last year too, because this year's holiday also coincided with the weekend.
Los Angeles DUI attorneys find that maximum DUI enforcement action takes place during the hours between December 31 and the early hours of January 1. This time too, the New Year's holiday was marked by DUI checkpoints across the state, as well as checkpoints to check driver’s licenses. Additionally, there was a DUI task force which included the participation of multiple agencies as well as local DUI patrols. Law officers tend to find themselves under even more pressure to arrest people for DUI over the Christmas and New Year's holidays.
Los Angeles DUI Attorney
Sometimes even the best intentioned, well-meaning and most intelligent individuals can make serious mistakes, such as getting charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI). DUI is a serious offense in California and even if it is the client's first DUI offense, the penalties can be extremely harsh. They may include fines, community service, successfully attending and completing a court mandated DUI course, drivers license revocation, probation, and most serious of all, jail time. Other punishments may include the installation of ignition locking devices, vehicle impounding, and mandated AA or NA meetings.
The Law Offices of Elena Mebtahi is dedicated to helping those accused of a DUI in Los Angeles. Elena takes a personal approach to every case so you know that you are being represented to her fullest capability. In order to get a reduced sentence or have the charges dropped you must hire an attorney who will be looking at every opportunity available. Elena has the dedication to work for you and understands the system in Los Angeles.
If you or a loved one has been charged with DUI in the Los Angeles area, you will want the best and most experienced legal representation possible. Los Angeles DUI Attorney Elena Mebtahi is an experienced, knowledgeable and compassionate DUI lawyer who can provide you with the specialized legal representation that you need. To successfully defend a client who has been charged with DUI, a particular type of attorney is required. In addition to a thorough knowledge and familiarity with applicable DUI laws and statutes, the DUI lawyer must have an understanding and working knowledge of chemistry, physiology, infrared analysis, and other topics related to interpreting the breathalyzer and blood test data. Further, the DUI attorney must have an understanding of impairment, judgment, alcohol and drug tolerance, body metabolism, and other pertinent and related topics. DUI Lawyer Elena Mabtahi has the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully defend the DUI client.
Did you know that in California, DUI defendants are often charged with violating two different statutes? The first pertains to driving while physically or mentally impaired by alcohol or drugs. The second charge relates to having a .08 percent or greater amount of alcohol in the body via a breathalyzer or blood sample. In this situation, the data speaks for itself.
In California, if you have been charged with DUI, you have only 10 days from the arrest date to request a DUI DMV Administrative Per Se (APS) hearing with the California DMV. It is imperative to act quickly and to assert your legal rights. Los Angeles DUI Attorney Elena Mebtahi is knowledgeable and experienced in all areas of DUI and DWI and can help you successfully defend the arrest. Attorney Mebtahi may be able to help you get an extension of the 10 day deadline if your license was confiscated due to breath test results exceeding the legal limit.
Whether you are a first time offender or have been convicted of a DUI in the past, it is important to hire an attorney. The skill of Elena and her staff will look for inconsistencies with the:
- Breathalyzer Tests
- DUI Checkpoints
- Blood Alcohol Content
- Police Report
You need a lawyer that knows how to fight for a reduced sentence on alcohol classes, drivers' license suspensions and the other fines that will be levied against you. Not all attorneys will fight for you in the same manner. The right DUI attorney can definitely make the difference in the outcome of your DUI arrest.
The Law Offices of Elena Mebtahi will review the case for defects, suppress evidence whenever possible, and when appropriate, compel discovery of pertinent information, such as the breath machine calibration and maintenance records that are vitally important to the accuracy - and therefore the outcome - of the case. The attorney handling your case will be an experienced, seasoned attorney and will know how to negotiate for a lesser charge or reduced sentence whenever possible. Make sure you are well protected and have an attorney who actually knows how to handle this very important case. Your freedom could be at stake. The Law Offices of Elena Mebtahi are available to serve you now.