Glendale DUI Defense Attorneys
The decisions you make following an arrest for DUI can significantly impact the outcome of your case. No decision is more critical than your choice in DUI defense lawyers. The drunk driving defense attorneys at Takakjian & Sitkoff, LLP have 3 decades of DUI defense experience in Glendale. As a client of our law firm, your case will be defended by a former award-winning prosecutor with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office who has practiced criminal and DUI law for over 30 years.
Our attorneys incorporate their experience as former drunk driving prosecutors with their 70 years of combined DUI law experience to aggressively and effectively defend every one of our clients. Recognized by the California Board of Legal Specialization, Super Lawyers, Avvo, and Martindale-Hubbell, you can trust that your case will be skillfully handled when you choose to work with our law firm.
The DUI Process
Driving under the influence, also known as drunk driving, is aggressively policed in Glendale. DUI checkpoints and increased enforcement are common within the city during weekends and holidays, and the punishment for even a first DUI conviction is becoming increasingly punitive. Therefore, it is important for you to be aware of what to expect and what you should be doing next.
A DUI arrest involves two aspects: the criminal action involving the Glendale Court and the separate administrative action involving the California DMV.
DMV Hearing | Van Nuys Driver Safety Office
If you were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher, your driver’s license was likely confiscated by Glendale PD and you were issued a temporary license valid for the next 30 days. The “pink license,” as it is commonly referred to as, not only operates as your temporary license, but your formal notice to contact the DMV within 10 calendar days of your arrest to request an administrative hearing to contest your pending license suspension. If your request is not made within the 10 day period, your license will be suspended automatically after 30 days from your date of arrest. Because the DMV suspension can be imposed independently from your outcome in criminal court, your privilege to drive can be suspended even before a court conviction or in some cases, before you have even appeared in court. However, if your timely hearing request is made, your DMV hearing would be heard at the Van Nuys Driver Safety Office located at 6150 Van Nuys Blvd. in the city of Van Nuys.
The Criminal Case | Glendale Courthouse
Your initial appearance in court, otherwise known as an “arraignment hearing,” is the beginning of the criminal aspect of your DUI case. During your arraignment hearing, the judge will inform you of your charges and your rights, and then ask you to enter a plea: Guilty, No Contest, or Not Guilty. A plea of guilty or no contest will effectively end your case. However, a not guilty plea will transition your case to the next phase in the criminal court process - the pretrial phase. During the pretrial phase, your DUI attorney can file motions and investigate the prosecution’s evidence against you, such as issuing subpoenas for radio/communication logs, dash/body cam footage, audio evidence, maintenance records of the breath instrument, blood split sample for independent lab retesting. Plea bargains with prosecutors are negotiated during the pretrial stage. If a pretrial plea agreement cannot be reached, your case will proceed to a trial. An experienced DUI defense lawyer will properly advise you as to whether it is in your best interests to accept a plea bargain or press on toward trial.
DUI Lawyers In Glendale Since 1987
At the law firm of Takakjian & Sitkoff, LLP, you will be represented by a defense attorney with over 30 years of DUI law experience and was a former drunk driving prosecutor in Los Angeles County. From the moment you entrust your case to us all the way through to the completion of your case, we have the dedication and expertise needed to ensure you receive the best case result. Call our Glendale DUI defense firm today at (818) 572-9090 for a free consultation.
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