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Los Angeles DUI Lawyers
A drunk driving offense can turn your life upside down. If your driver’s license is revoked or suspended because of a DUI charge – whether it’s Misdemeanor DUI, Felony DUI, DUI with Injury, and Gross Vehicular Manslaughter with Impairment – how will you get to work or take your kids to school? How will you be able to keep your medical appointments, get to social gatherings, run errands, or just keep to your normal schedule? A DUI charge is a criminal charge, after all, and the decision of which DUI attorney to hire is one that can have a profound effect on how much your drunk driving charge impacts your life.
Choosing a Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer who has an intimate knowledge of the legal system is key. LA drunk driving lawyers Paul Takakjian & Stephen Sitkoff are former DUI prosecutors and police academy instructors in Los Angeles County. Our extensive expertise in the area of criminal and DUI law has resulted in our unmatched record of successful dismissals and reductions of both misdemeanor and felony drunk driving charges.
The Southern California drunk driving defense lawyers at Takakjian & Sitkoff, LLP have over 70 years of combined DUI defense experience in Los Angeles. DUI lawyers and managing partners Paul Takakjian and Stephen Sitkoff are former senior prosecutors with the LA District Attorney's Office and recognized by Super Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, and AVVO as the preeminent drunk driving attorneys in Los Angeles County. Contact our West Los Angeles office today for a FREE case analysis by calling (866) 430-8383.
The 2 Components Of The DUI Legal Process In California
Even if our defense lawyers were to get your drunk driving charge dismissed or reduced in court, your driving privilege would still be in jeopardy due to the separate DMV suspension proceeding. Following an arrest for DUI, whether it is first offense or second offense, an automatic DMV suspension is triggered and set to commence within 30 days from your arrest date unless you request a DMV hearing within 10 days of the arrest. Once your timely hearing request is made to the DMV, your suspension would be "stayed" or delayed pending the outcome of your DMV hearing. Once your DMV hearing date is scheduled, the second component of the California DUI legal process will be in place, with the first component being your date in criminal court. The criminal court and DMV aspects of your case occur independently of each other. Therefore, it would not be out of the realm of possibility for you to suffer a license suspension even without a DUI conviction.
Potential DUI Penalties In Los Angeles
Retaining an expert DUI lawyer will provide you with an advantage in the courtroom and at your DMV hearing not only with improving your chances of avoiding a drunk driving conviction, but also with lessening the penalties you receive if your DUI charges can not be dismissed. A first offense DUI can result in the following potential penalties:
- Jail time
- Significant fines
- Community labor
- DUI Classes from 3 to 9 Months
- Ignition Interlock Device
- License suspension
Our experienced DUI attorneys have an in-depth knowledge of California law, including the DUI laws. A good drunk driving lawyer knows how to work with the testimony of the arresting officer in a DUI case, including how to present alternate explanations for incriminating observations the officer might make, such as bloodshot eyes or slurred speech. We also know how to approach the questioning of the arresting officer in such a way that it works best with the jurors’ attitudes about the case and the officer’s testimony.
Over 3 Decades Of Professionalism And Experience You Can Trust
We are a team of criminal defense lawyers who have established our reputation for securing our clients the best possible outcomes through hard work, compassion, and a genuine commitment to protecting their interests. Our drunk driving attorneys are not merely "deal makers" who have no interest in attacking the prosecution's evidence with suppression motions or trying your case in front of a jury. We really want to see you succeed in court so you can move on from the unfortunate mistake of driving under the influence, and go on with your life.
Although we cannot guarantee you a specific outcome, we can guarantee you will receive the best legal defense from our LA criminal defense lawyers. If you have been arrested for driving under the influence, call us today for a FREE consult at (866) 430-8383. Our Los Angeles DUI lawyers are available to meet in our office in West Los Angeles, or at one of our satellite locations in:
Van Nuys, Torrance, Encino, Glendale, Long Beach, Pasadena, Woodland Hills, West Covina, Burbank, Cerritos, Whittier, Hollywood, Norwalk, Santa Clarita, Oxnard, Thousand Oaks, Newport Beach, Orange, and Huntington Beach.
Don’t let a momentary mistake have more long term consequences than are actually necessary. Talk to one of our DUI lawyers today and see what we can do to help you get the very best outcome in your drunk driving case.