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DUI Defense Practice Areas
DUI Defense
DUI FAQ
DUI Accidents
DMV Hearings
2nd & 3rd DUI
Blood Test
Breathalyzer Tests / Refusal
BUI
Challenging DUI Evidence
Commercial DUI
Driving on a Suspended License
Drunk in Public
DUI Accidents with Injury
DUI Appeals
DUI as a Minor
DUI Consequences
DUI Court Process
DUI Involving Drugs
Expungement
Federal DUI
Felony DUI
Field Sobriety Tests
Hit and Run
License Suspension
New DUI Laws
Out of State License
Vehicle Impoundment
Vehicular Manslaughter
Warrants
Criminal Defense

DUI Defense in Los Angeles

Defending Charges of Drunk Driving

There are many actions that can be taken to provide those accused of DUI to successfully challenge a charge. Following your arrest, the first step you should take is to contact an attorney to file a DMV Hearing request, which must be done within 10 days after your arrest. Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP have helped residents in the Greater Los Angeles area since 1987 in fighting their DUI charges. Failing to take this first important step can lead to automatic suspension of your license. By contacting our firm quickly, we can have the time needed before your DMV Hearing to review your case and investigate the facts surrounding your police stop and arrest. This will all help to prepare for your hearing as well as for your criminal case to follow.

Prosecutors rely greatly on the results of your blood alcohol content (BAC) tests administered by law enforcement to prove their case. We have found a great many of these readings taken are unreliable due to various factors such as the improper training for the person conducting the test, improper maintenance or calibration of the machine or even a medical condition you may suffer from that could affect the results. This opens the door to possible defense that can be used on your behalf.

Areas of Practice

Our firm can help you in all manner of DUI related matters and can offer helpful information on a number of topics, including:

DUI FAQ
If you have questions about DUI, we have answers. Charges for drunk driving can be an uncertain time and many are unsure of what the coming process will look like. We answer some of the most common questions that people in this position have and you can gain further understanding by speaking to a member of the team directly.

DUI Accidents
If a driver is accused of causing an auto accident while driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, he or she may face felony charges if anyone was injured in the accident. In addition, penalties for other instances of OUI may include jail time, fines, license suspension and more.

DMV Hearings
Separate from criminal court proceedings, a DMV hearing is held regarding the administrative suspension of one's driver's license by the California Department of Motor Vehicles. License suspension proceedings are automatically initiated when a driver refuses or fails a breath/blood test after a DUI arrest.

2nd & 3rd DUI
A driver who has one or more prior drunk driving convictions on his or her record will face enhanced penalties for a second or third DUI. This can mean up to a year in jail, a longer license suspension or revocation and additional fines. When aggravating factors are involved, this sentencing can be further increased.

Blood Test
Considered more accurate than a breath test, a blood test may be administered after a driver is arrested for suspected DUI. It is used to determine the presence and amount of alcohol in the driver's blood, although it is not completely accurate.

Breathalyzer Tests/Refusal
Breath tests are most commonly administered after DUI arrests in the Los Angeles area. A device called a breathalyzer is used to analyze the amount of alcohol in the driver's breath to then determine his or her blood alcohol concentration. When an officer decides to administer a test, the suspect still has the legal right to refuse it, although refusal alone will lead to further penalties even if the person is not convicted of drunk driving.

BUI
Just as a person can be arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, a boat operator may be arrested for boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs. A BUI, explained under California Harbors and Navigation Code 655(2011), is taken seriously and prosecution will seek to impose penalties of jail or prison time, educational programs and fines.

Commercial DUI
A conviction of driving under the influence while driving on a commercial license carries harsh penalties in the state of California. The driver will be held to a higher standard because of the greater risk of damage and injury caused by commercial vehicle accidents.

Criminal Defense
You will need an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side if you are charged with DUI, as this is a criminal offense punishable by time in jail, community service, fines and more. It also is included on your criminal record, being viewable by many that you more than likely do not want having access to that information.

Driving on a Suspended License
A common consequence of a DUI conviction is license suspension. If a driver is pulled over while driving with a suspended license, they could face very serious penalties including further suspension of their license or revocation.

DUI Accidents with Injury
Causing an injury accident while DUI is a felony offense in California, and a defendant may face years in state prison if convicted. Immediate and aggressive defense counsel is therefore of the utmost importance in these cases.

DUI Appeals
If a defendant is convicted of DUI, all is not lost. One has the right to file an appeal on the grounds of an unreasonable sentence or unjust verdict. We handle criminal appeals for DUI convictions, offering our clients a second chance.

DUI as a Minor
Our state takes a "zero-tolerance" stance on underage drinking and driving. A driver who is under the age of 21 may face driver's license suspension if any amount of alcohol is found in their system. Standard DUI penalties may apply if the driver is found to have a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or greater.

DUI Consequences
There are many serious consequences of a DUI conviction in Los Angeles, including imprisonment, driver's license suspension, fines, community service, probation and even increased insurance costs.

DUI Court Process
The DUI court process can be complicated and is best navigated with an attorney who can properly preserve your constitutional rights while protecting your freedom and even your driver's license.

DUI Involving Drugs
Though most people think of DUI in relation to driving under the influence of alcohol, a driver may face the same charges for driving under the influence of drugs, even prescription or over-the-counter medication if it affects one's abilities.

Expungement
For those that have already been through the process of a DUI conviction, you may now be continually dealing with the long term effects of a criminal record that will not go away. An expungement gives many people the opportunity to write over a past mistake on move on from it.

Federal DUI
A person arrested for drunk driving while on federal property, such as on a military base or at a national park, may actually face federal DUI charges. Federal prosecution can often be harsher than a sentencing received at the state level so protecting against a conviction will become even more critical.

Felony DUI
Though simple DUI is typically charged as a misdemeanor, there are circumstances where a driver may face felony charges. This may include cases involving multiple DUI offenses, DUI causing injury or vehicular manslaughter. It can result in substantially increased penalties.

Field Sobriety Tests
To determine whether a driver's natural abilities are impaired by alcohol and/or drugs, law enforcement may administer field sobriety tests such as the walk and turn, one leg stand or horizontal gaze nystagmus.

License Suspension
Driver's license suspension is one of the many penalties that may be associated with driving under the influence in Los Angeles. Driving privileges may not be reinstated until after a set period of time, leaving those accused without the ability to operate a vehicle.

New DUI Laws
We take care to stay ahead of ever-changing laws regarding DUI in California, as this helps us provide more effective defense counsel.

Out of State License
Drivers with out of state licenses can still be arrested and charged with DUI in Los Angeles. A charge out of state can follow you home and may even influence your insurance rates.

Vehicle Impoundment
A potential risk associated with a DUI arrest is the impoundment of one's vehicle. This is more common for drivers who have prior DUI convictions.

Vehicular Manslaughter
Causing the death of another person in an auto accident, even when accidental, may be deemed the criminal offense of vehicular manslaughter if a drunk driver caused the collision. Because the penalties for this felony offense are extreme, it is important to involve an attorney to protect one's interests.

Warrants
The best thing to do in the face of an outstanding bench or arrest warrant is to secure legal counsel from a competent attorney who can help you face the warrant head on, and possibly avoid arrest altogether.

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