If you have been charged in Long Beach for a DUI or a related matter, it is crucial you contact a skilled Long Beach DUI defense lawyer right away to start preparing your defense. An experienced DUI defense attorney familiar with the Long Beach Superior Courthouse can evaluate your matter and determine the best case strategy. Being charged with a DUI in Long Beach can result in serious consequences including: jail time, probation, house arrest, work release, completion of an alcohol program, fines, restitution, installation of an ignition interlock device, and license suspension imposed by the DMV. A skilled Long Beach DUI lawyer will work tenaciously to minimize the penalties associated with your Long Beach DUI arrest. Contact the Parker Law Center today to have a competent attorney fight to protect your rights.
The key to a successful defense is hiring a Long Beach DUI lawyer which provides comprehensive representation. Your skilled Long Beach DUI lawyer should have experience representing a number of clients in complex misdemeanor and felony matters. A competent Long Beach DUI lawyer will be prepared to fight for your rights not only in Court, but also at the DMV hearing. Being charged with a DUI is a serious matter. The maximum penalty on a first offense is 6 months in jail, and if it is a second offense the maximum penalty is an entire year in jail. Not only are you facing jail time, but also a suspension of your driver’s license. You need a fierce Long Beach DUI attorney who will give your case the attention it deserves. Kellee C. Parker of the Parker Law Center will personally represent you at the Long Beach Superior Courthouse and at the DMV hearing. The Parker Law Center is dedicated to the representation of those charged with a DUI or a related matter. The dedication to DUI matters allows the defense team to uniquely represent its clients at both the DMV hearing and in Court.
Ms. Parker is committed to aggressively defending the rights of her clients. Ms. Parker is distinctively able to defend her clients as she has a highly defined skill-set in the field of criminal procedure. Ms. Parker is able to stay abreast of the ever changing case law in the field, as she is an adjunct professor with the Criminal Justice Department at California State University, Long Beach where she teaches courses which are solely dedicated to subject matter of criminal procedure. Call the Parker Law Center today to get the quality representation that you deserve!
The order to appear in Court can bring about great apprehension, not to mention the inconvenience of trying to rearrange your schedule to make the appearance. Most DUI matters are filed as misdemeanors, which means that a Long Beach DUI lawyer can appear in Court on your behalf without you having to be present. This can relieve a great deal of stress for those charged with a DUI in Long Beach.
A typical DUI case begins when a peace officer pulls a driver over for a vehicle code violation. Upon initial contact with the driver, the officer observes what he/she will call objective symptoms of intoxication. At that point the officer may try to administer field sobriety tests to gather additional information regarding intoxication. The standard for probable cause for arrest in this scenario is very low. Many times the officer will arrest the driver for DUI, take the driver back to the station for booking, and after a few hours in custody the person will be released with a citation. The citation states the date that the person is required to appear in Court. After the arrest, the officer forwards his/her arrest report to the Long Beach City Prosecutors office for its review. The charging deputy prosecutor reviews the report and determines which charges to file against the defendant.
The first appearance in Court is called the arraignment. The arraignment is the stage where the formal charges are read to the defendant. An experienced Long Beach DUI lawyer will appear at the arraignment and determine the best administration of the case. Many times a skilled Long Beach DUI attorney will enter a plea of not guilty and set the matter for a pre-trial hearing. Other times, the fierce Long Beach DUI lawyer will decide it is better to dispose of the case at the arraignment stage, and will simply continue the arraignment to a new date. If the experienced Long Beach DUI lawyer sets the matter for a pre-trial, he/she will be able to negotiate with the deputy Long Beach City Prosecutor regarding the case at that stage. At the pre-trial, the Long Beach DUI attorney will also decide if additional discovery needs to be requested, and if any pre-trial motions should be filed. Your Long Beach DUI lawyer will explain all of the options to you. Many times it is in a client’s best interest to take the negotiated plea; other times it is best that your Long Beach DUI lawyer set the matter for trial. Call the Parker Law Center today for a free case evaluation!
License suspensions are imposed by the Department of Motor Vehicles. There are two license suspensions that accompany a DUI. The first suspension is triggered by an arrest for driving under the influence; the second suspension is triggered upon a conviction in Court. Many times, the peace officer will arrest a driver for driving under the influence and will confiscate the person’s driver’s license. After removing the offender’s driver’s license, the officer will issue a temporary driver’s license. That temporary license is valid for 30 days following arrest, after that time the person’s license will automatically become suspended. It is critical you contact a Long Beach DUI lawyer within ten days from the date of your arrest. The skilled Long Beach DUI lawyer will contact the local Driver Safety Office and request an Administrative Per Se (APS) hearing to fight the license suspension. At that time, the Long Beach DUI attorney will also request the discovery and a stay on the license. A stay on the license suspension means that the DMV will not suspend your license 30 days following arrest, instead the DMV will issue you a new temporary license. The temporary license will be valid up until the time a written decision is rendered on the APS hearing.
The APS hearing is conducted by a Hearing Officer whom represents the DMV. The Hearing Officer has the burden of proving a number of issues at the hearing.
If the driver submitted to a chemical test there are three issues:
If the driver refused to submit to or failed to complete a chemical test (a refusal) there are four issues:
The Hearing Officer initiates the hearing by stating the applicable issues and entering documents into evidence, also known as exhibits. APS hearings operate under “relaxed” rules of evidence. An experienced Long Beach DUI lawyer should be skilled at objecting to the documents, introducing rebuttal evidence, and making legal arguments. Once the hearing has concluded, the Hearing Officer will take all of the evidence and argument under submission and render a written decision. The decision will either set aside the suspension, or remove the stay and impose the suspension. If you or a loved one has been charged with a DUI, it is imperative you contact a fierce Long Beach DUI lawyer today to fight to protect your rights!