If you or a loved one are pulled over and arrested for a DUI, it is critically important that you become aware of the steps you can take to achieve the best possible outcome for your case. When faced with a DUI charge, it is best to consult a highly experienced DUI defense attorney who can effectively defend your charge in court and with the DMV. Here at The Law Offices of Hart J. Levin, we ensure that your case receives the personalized attention it […]
If, while driving under the influence, you cause an injury to an individual other than yourself, you can be charged with California Vehicle Code 23513 VC DUI causing injury.
You are subject to California Vehicle Code 23153(a) VC “DUI causing injury” charges if it is found that, while you were driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, you violated any law or acted in a negligent manner, which subsequently caused bodily injury to any person other than yourself. If it is proven that you had […]
Seeing the flashing red and blue lights in your rear view mirror is very frightening, but even more so when you know that you have been drinking. The fear sets in about whether the officer will find out about the drinking and immediately arrest you for drunk driving. When confronted with such a dilemma people will make snap judgments while trying to control their level of panic. It is an extremely stressful and frightening scenario but it is more daunting when you consider that the […]
A New Orleans judge announced Monday that Robert Durst, heir to an affluent New York real estate family, will be held without bail. He is currently awaiting extradition to California where he is being charged with first-degree murder of former close friend and confidant, Susan Berman. Durst is no stranger to breaking away. When previously accused of murdering his neighbor in 2001, Durst fled after he was released on a $250,000 bail and was later caught and arrested by authorities in a Pennsylvania grocery store […]
DUI checkpoints have become increasingly common in the past decade. Their use has nearly tripled since 2001. They lead to hundreds of DUI arrests a month and provide the state with much needed revenue. Many drivers feel trapped when approaching a checkpoint believing that they have no choice but to go through the drunk driving checkpoint. This is not true.
Normally when a driver is stopped for DUI (Vehicle Code section 23152 A/B), officers are required to have probable cause to believe that a law […]
California is extremely harsh on DUI offenders and the penalties for a first time DUI increase virtually every year. Some of the harshest punishments received by DUI offenders come from the notorious California DMV. The Department of Motor Vehicles suspends licensees arrested for DUI in nearly every case where the driver has a .08% BAC (alcohol level) or greater.
If you have a California driver’s license that is valid at the time of arrest, you are eligible to receive a restricted license in […]
Your Driver’s License after a DUI
When you are arrested in California for a DUI, you are supposed to be given a choice of a blood or breath alcohol test. If (1) a breath test indicates a .08% blood alcohol level or above, or (2) blood is taken for later analysis, or (3) you refuse to submit to chemical testing, your driver’s license is immediately confiscated by the police (unless it is an out-of-state license) and you are issued a document from the California DMV. This paper serves as (1) […]
DUIs go from bad to worse – Six Ways to get severely punished in your DUI case
California has enacted a statute that creates several sentencing enhancements for DUI cases. If there are particular aggravating factors in a DUI arrest, a person convicted of DUI may face significantly harsher penalties including long state prison sentences, huge fines and severe (even life-time) license suspensions.
Here are the factors that increase a DUI sentence:
(1) Prior DUI convictions – If you have previously been convicted of a DUI (within the […]