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DUI Attorneys in Los Angeles CaMr. Gilliland and Mr. Burgess run a high powered Los Angeles criminal defense practice that has handled numerous high profile criminal defense cases throughout Southern California. Their DUI defense team is dedicated to providing you with aggressive representation in order to achieve the best result possible. Find out why professional athletes, executives, labor unions and professional drivers choose Gilliland & Burgess.

Our Los Angeles DUI Experts law firm is dedicated to the defense of DUI and criminal cases, from first-timers to felony drunk driving, including death. The office is led by Los Angeles DUI lawyer native Ted Burgess, Doug Gilliland and their team of DUI attorneys and staff. At Los Angeles DUI Experts, we even have a former DUI prosecutor now working on the defense side. You can put the prosecutor’s knowledge and experience to work for you to beat your DUI case. Take the guess work out of your case by speaking directly with a former DUI prosecutor.

DUIs can be embarrassing and devastating for certain professions. Now is not the time to have a lawyers that is going to lecture you about your choices. The fact is, you are in trouble with the law and you need a non-judgmental advocate to give you straight forward advice about beating your case, period. And that is exactly what you get at At Los Angeles DUI Experts. Our attorneys have been taking DUI cases to trial for over 20 years and now you get the benefit of that experience.

A DUI conviction can have a significant, far-reaching impact on your life. Penalties for a DUI conviction are substantial and include license suspension or revocation, expensive fines, probation, DUI education courses, significant increases in insurance costs and possible incarceration. Additionally, Los Angeles County is one of four counties in the State participating in an Ignition Interlock Device Pilot Program, which means that the judge will order you to install an Ignition Interlock Device in your car if you are convicted of a DUI in Los Angeles County.

You have the right to fight the DUI charges and the loss of your driver’s license. You need an experienced, dedicated Los Angeles DUI attorney on your side to help mitigate the effects of this charge. Our seasoned DUI criminal attorneys have years of experience defending drunk driving charges in Los Angeles. We will carefully analyze the facts of your case to ensure that all applicable defenses are timely raised on your behalf.

Every DUI case pits the DUI attorneys against the government and the police. And Gilliland & Burgess are no strangers to a fight with the government. They are experienced civil rights lawyers that are defining the law that governs how police interact with private citizens. One example is the case of Lee v. Federal Bureau of Investigation where their lawsuit was filed against the FBI challenging interrogation techniques. Their appellate victory at the United States Court of Appeals against the FBI now defines how the Court analyzes an officer’s conduct when interacting with citizens. Lee v. FBI, 363 F.3d 931 (9th Cir. 2004). See also, Butler v. San Diego District Attorney’s Office, 370 F.3d 956 (2004).

Gilliland & Burgess uniquely brings 20 years of big-time trial experience to the field of DUI law. We prepare every case for trial because you can’t win them if you can’t try them. And nobody gets a good deal if the prosecutor knows you don’t try cases. Actual results include United States of America v. York (not guilty on a 21 count white collar felony indictment after two month trial in federal court), People v. Aquino (time served plea deal against first degree murder charges for nephew of former Filipino Presidents Ferdinand and Corazon Aquino); People v. Billock (6-6 hung jury on multiple felony assault and battery charges); People v. Bryan (county jail for defendant facing mandatory life sentence under California Three Strikes Law); People v. Gudmundsson (dismissal of three strikes case against state prison inmate framed for possession of black tar heroin) and United States of America v. Account Services Corporation (negotiated immunity for clients accused of processing money for Absolute, Full-Tilt and Poker Stars on-line gaming in federal court in Manhattan, New York.

Mr. Gilliland & Mr. Burgess lead a high powered boutique law firm that handles cases throughout the State of California. Mr. Gilliland was selected as a Super Lawyer which is a nationwide lawyer rating service that selects members based on a high level of professional achievement and publishes their membership in every law school in the United States that is accredited by the American Bar Association. Mr. Gilliland is also a member of the prestigious Million Dollar Advocates Forum, top trial lawyers in America. Mr. Burgess is uniquely a member of both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Less than 1% of a lawyers in America are members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Even fewer have achieved membership in both.

Gilliland & Burgess cases have been covered on national news agencies such as CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, Dateline and national print news such as the Wall Street Journal and USA Today. Their cases have been covered at the state level by such news agencies as the Los Angeles Times, New York Post, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, San Diego Union Tribune and internationally by the London Guardian, Clarin (Buenos Aires), Dan Tri (Viet Nam) and Blick (Switzerland).

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You’ve Been Arrested For a DUI in Los Angeles, Now What?

The DUI process is complex and you will likely have a lot of questions following your drunk driving arrest. Will I be sentenced to time in jail? Will I lose my drivers license? How much will this cost me? What happens at the arraignment? What is a DMV Hearing? Is possible to beat a Los Angeles DUI? Should I hire a criminal attorney? These are common questions and it is important that you understand your rights before you go into court.

This is where having an experienced DUI lawyer in Los Angeles can make a positive difference to your case. Our skilled Los Angeles Drunk Driving Lawyers will set aside time to answer your questions and to discuss possible defenses and will use their expertise to achieve the best possible outcome in your case.

Below is some basic DUI information about the California DUI process. Please visit the rest of our website and our Los Angeles DUI Blog for more detailed information on these topics. Please contact our Los Angeles DUI Law Firm to schedule a FREE CONSULTATION to discuss the specific facts of your case.

The Arraignment

An arraignment is your first court appearance following a DUI arrest. During the arraignment, the charges field against will be read and you will have the chance to enter a plea of “not guilty,” “no contest,” or “guilty.” If you wish to challenge the DUI charges, you should enter a plea of “not guilty” and the court will schedule your trial for a future date. Facing a legal proceeding like an arraignment can be confusing and intimidating, especially if it is your first time. our Los Angeles DUI lawyers team can accompany you to your arraignment to ensure that you understand your rights and the arraignment process.

Avoid Suspension of your California Driver’s License

If you have been arrested for a DUI, the arresting officer may have confiscated your license and provided you with a “notice of suspension” and a “temporary license.” Suspension of your driver’s license will go into affect after 30 and you may face suspension or revocation for six months or more. If you refused the breathalyzer at the time of your arrest, you face a one-year suspension. If you have prior DUI convictions, you face suspension ranging from 2 to 10 years. These DMV suspensions apply even if the underlying DUI charges are reduced or dismissed.

You have the right to challenge suspension of your driver’s license by requesting an administrative DMV hearing within 10 days of your arrest. Our Los Angeles DUI can provide you with representation at the DMV hearing to help you avoid loss of your driver’s license.

Requesting a DMV Hearing

If you wish to challenge the suspension of your driver’s license following a DUI arrest, you or your attorney should contact the DMV Driver’s Safety Office within 10 days of your arrest to request a DMV Hearing. Our experienced attorneys are available to assist you with the DMV Hearing Process, but it is imperative that a hearing request be made within 10 days.

We understand that loss of your driver’s license can have a devastating impact on your life. We understand that suspension of your license could cause hardship to your family, impact your social life and possibly cause loss of your job. This is why we work so hard to help our clients avoid suspension. An experienced California DUI criminal lawyer will work aggressively to defend your rights at the DMV hearing. We will diligently challenge the evidence and will raise all applicable defenses in an effort to have the suspension set aside.

Failure to timely request the DMV hearing within 10 days will result in a waiver of your right to the hearing and suspension of your California license will begin within 30 days. If your driver’s license has been issued in a state outside of California and a DMV hearing is not requested within 10 days your license will be revoked in your home state.

DUI Penalties

If you have been arrested for a DUI in California, you will face jail time, loss of your driver’s license and expensive fines and costs. Even a first time misdemeanor DUI offense carries substantial penalties, including 6 month license suspension, up to 6 months in county jail, Alcohol classes for 3 – 9 months and Fines up to $1000. If you have prior DUI offenses within the last 10 years, your penalties may be substantially higher.

Avoid a Criminal Drunk Driving Conviction in Los Angeles

The prosecutor may want you to believe that their case against you is cut and dry, but there are many defenses available to fight a DUI. Our experienced Los Angeles DUI attorneys know that that you may have various defenses available. Our attorneys will work diligently to defend you against conviction.

los-angeles-chamber-of-commerceDefenses that have been used to beat California DUI charges:

  • The officer’s lack of probable cause to make the initial stop
  • Mistakes in the administrative procedures relating to blood and breath tests
  • A person appearing not under the influence during field sobriety tests
  • Miranda rights violations
  • Illegal arrest
  • A lack of evidence

If you have been arrested for a DUI in Los Angeles, these and other defenses may apply to your case. Our skilled Los Angeles DUI attorneys can help you to determine what defenses may be available in your defense against a criminal DUI charge. However, it is important that you contact an attorney promptly as many defenses are time-sensitive.

To discuss possible strategies for your particular case, contact us for a FREE DUI Consultation (213) 799-1250.

By Ted Burgess

State Bar of CaliforniaUCLA School of LawStanford Law SchoolNational Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

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