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Mr. Sturm got the charges dropped down to no jail time and a three month alcohol class. (What I would have received if I had no refusal charge and had blown 0.08 or less.) He convinced the prosecution that I was not impaired and in three years I can get this DUI charge expunged. Mr. Sturm was professional and likable throughout the entire process. Linda Gavilan, his assistant, was also a great help and professional whenever I had questions. I will recommend Sturm Law to anyone I know of in need of an expert DUI attorney.
There are hardly words that can be said to express how happy I am that we were given a referral for Atty. Craig Sturm! Mr. Sturm and his right hand girl Linda were AWESOME! After nearly 1.5 years Craig Sturm, Linda and their team were able to WIN OUR CASE!! They turned this living nightmare into a absolute TRUE JUSTICE FOR MY DAUGHTER AND OUR FAMILY. She is slowly gaining her life back but it would not have been possible without the wonderful legal service provided to us by Sturm Law. This Atty. Craig Sturm, his fantastic assistant Linda Gavilan and the rest of their team deserve all the praise in the world for what they do for people that may find themselves in legal circumstances like this. I highly recommend Sturm Law for any of your DUI Criminal Legal Services. You will be represented very well and very professionally.
When our son was arrested for DUI, and us living in New Jersey, we knew he would need a good lawyer. Through a family member with business ties in California, we were referred to Craig Sturm. Throughout a long and difficult case, with many unforeseen surprises, Craig and his staff (Linda and Kenia are absolutely wonderful!) kept us informed, explained the various problems and options, and were able to obtain a very fair and favorable outcome. Because of Craig and his team, our son has a path that will allow for him to learn a very valuable lesson, and be able to put this difficult part of his life in the past. THEY ARE THE BEST !!!!
Craig Sturm’s Law firm is the best. They are truly honest and caring. One of his employees, her name is Linda, was very helpful and went out of her way to assist me. I didn’t even hire him, unfortunately for me I hired another firm and they were like sharks and used scare tactics and lies. I ended up doing everything by myself with the help of Linda, from Sturm’s office. I give them five stars.
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Los Angeles DUI Lawyer
Our skilled Los Angeles DUI attorney is dedicated to the defense of DUI cases from first offenses to felony drunk driving. DUIs can be embarrassing and devastating to people of certain professions. Now is not the time to have a lawyer 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 will get from our Los Angeles DUI lawyer. We have handled hundreds DUI cases over many years in a multitude of courts, and now you get the benefit of that experience.
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. 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.
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. In addition to numerous not guilty verdicts, hung juries and dismissals in DUI cases, we have obtained these outcomes in a wide variety of criminal cases as well as favorable outcomes in DMV hearings, civil cases, writs and appeals.
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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 Lawyer 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 Office to schedule a FREE CONSULTATION to discuss the specific facts of your case.
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 lawyer 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 effect after 30 days and you may face suspension or revocation of your license for six months or more – even on a first offense. If you refused the breathalyzer at the time of your arrest for your first offense, 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 lawyer 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 attorney is 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 in 30 days. If you have an out of state license and a DMV hearing is not requested within 10 days your driving privileges are likely to be suspended in your home state.
If you have been arrested for a DUI in California, you may 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 (though it is unusual for a first offender to do any jail time), Alcohol classes for 3 – 9 months and Fines, Assessments and Fees upwards of to $2,000. 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 dried, but there are many defenses available to fight a DUI. Our Los Angeles DUI attorney knows that that you may have various defenses available. Our attorney will work diligently to defend you against conviction.
- 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 attorney can help you to determine what defenses may be available 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
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