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DUI Attorneys in Los Angeles CaIan Pancer runs a criminal defense practice that takes cases in San Diego, Orange County and Los Angeles. He has worked on numerous high-profile criminal defense cases in State courts in Southern California and in Federal courts in Southern California and Nevada - cases that have been featured on news outlets such as ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and FOX. Mr. Pancer currently sits on the board of directors of the San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association. He is a current or past member of the California DUI Lawyers Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association, and the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego. He is dedicated to providing you with aggressive representation in order to achieve the best result possible. Find out why executives, professionals and international clients choose the Law Office of Ian Pancer.

As a skilled Los Angeles DUI lawyer, Mr. Pancer is dedicated to the defense of DUI and criminal cases, from first offenders to felony drunk driving. Los Angeles DUI lawyer Ian Pancer knows that 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. Mr. Pancer has handled countless 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. And Mr. Pancer is no stranger to a fight against the government. His experience in State and Federal cases, which require opposing the immense resources of the FBI, Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney’s Office makes him an expert on the rights of the accused and the laws that govern how police interact with private citizens.

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, Mr. Pancer has obtained these outcomes in cases from unlicensed driving to unlicensed contracting as varied as evading an officer, theft, grand theft, possession of ecstasy, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana for sale, carrying a loaded firearm on one’s person, having a concealed firearm in a vehicle, trespass and battery.

Actual Cases Include:

People v. E.L.D:
Client was charged with evading an officer. She drove ten miles on the freeway after an officer activated his overhead lights and sirens and ordered her to pullover. She ended up being followed by approximately 14 police cars and a helicopter by the time the pursuit was over. Client was also charged with driving without a valid license. The case ended in a hung jury on both charges and the judge dismissed the case.

People v. D.W.:
Officers testified they followed behind client for about a mile and believed he was driving under the influence. They testified they pulled up right behind his car, they saw him step out of the driver seat, and they saw two other vehicle occupants step out of the passenger side. Client was arrested for DUI and his blood alcohol level tested at a .21%. Client and another occupant of the vehicle testified that client was not the person driving, and Mr. Pancer was able to persuade10 of the 12 jurors that client was not the driver. After a hung jury, 10 to 2 in favor of not guilty. The judge dismissed the case.

People v. A.C.:
A security officer from a hardware store testified he saw client acting suspiciously, followed him, and saw him reach onto a shelf holding copper pipe fittings. He testified he saw client take some items, place the items in his pocket and leave the store without paying. He testified that he forcibly detained client, who was trying to leave the store. There was video surveillance of client resisting the security officer and attempting to leave the store. The officer testified that he recovered the items in question from client’s pocket. Client testified he had actually brought the items into the store. All 12 jurors found client not guilty.

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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.

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 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.

DUI Penalties

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.

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 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

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

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