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DUI Cases in Los Angeles

Many Southern California residents don’t realize that a DUI case can be a lengthy process, but fortunately there are Los Angeles DUI defense lawyers that can help defendants along the way. A case typically starts with an arrest, which occurs if an officer suspects that a driver has been operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Courtroom proceedings begin with an arraignment where the defendant states his or her plea. If the plea is not guilty and if the case then goes to trial, a DUI defense lawyer will have the opportunity to defend the client being prosecuted. If a defendant is found to be guilty, a judge will then determine the type of punishment at the sentencing hearing.

Many DUI defendants have questions about the process of their case, as there could be a great deal of confusion with how a case works. A Los Angeles DUI defense lawyer can help come up with a good defense for a particular case and can even sometimes establish a plea bargain agreement. If you have any questions about DUI cases, you can find a DUI defense lawyer through FindLaw’s Directory. For more information about Los Angeles DUI cases, including what you can expect as you go through the process, see:

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Overseas DUIs: 3 Legal Consequences

While some things that happen on vacation can stay on vacation, overseas DUIs aren't one of them.

If a person gets a DUI in a foreign country, he or she can face legal ramifications both in the foreign country and in the United States.

Here are three legal consequences of getting a DUI overseas.

'Partridge Family' Star David Cassidy Charged With DUI

Oops, he did it again -- this time, David Cassidy, star of "The Partridge Family" has been charged with a DUI in Los Angeles.

Before this most recent arrest, the former teen heartthrob was arrested for DUIs in Florida and New York, SFGate reports.

So what led to Cassidy's Los Angeles DUI and will his previous arrests affect his sentencing?

SCOTUS: Forced Blood Tests on DUI Suspects Need Warrant

What a difference a day makes. For DUI suspects across the country, the lyrics never rang truer. Not too long ago, we discussed the possibility of forced blood draws of DUI suspects and how it's probably a bad idea to refuse a test. Today, the Supreme Court of the United States came out with a decision saying otherwise.

The justices held that people suspected of drunk driving can't be automatically forced into taking blood tests without a warrant and without their consent.

1st-Time DUI in California Costs $16K: Report

Drunken driving can cost you, in dollars and in lives. Especially in California.

Even a first-time DUI conviction in the Golden State can cost you as much as $15,649. That statistic comes from a recent report by the Automobile Club of Southern California, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Pleading Guilty to DUI: Do You Need a Lawyer?

Let's say you get pulled over by police on a Saturday night and when you blow into the Breathalyzer, the number is way above California's legal limit of 0.08%. At that point, you pretty much have to plead guilty to the DUI charge, right?

Wrong. Let's be clear about this: You never have to plead guilty to any charge. In some situations, it may be wiser to do so, but the defendant always has a choice.

So how can you know when pleading guilty is a good choice? Making that decision depends on a lot of factors such as the evidence, the charges, and your prior record.

Any guesses on who can help you analyze that information?

Ashley Bryan Trial: Jury Can't Say, 'Manslaughter or Misfortune?'

Ashley Bryan, 26, was driving drunk. No one, including her attorneys, disputes that fact. On April 2, 2011, her Honda Civic collided with a disabled Chevy Camaro, leading to the death of the Camaro's passenger, 18-year-old Cameron Cook. Two and a half hours after the accident, Bryan's blood alcohol content was 0.17 - more than twice the legal limit.

The jury answered the easy questions. They found her guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol causing bodily injury and of driving with a BAC of 0.08 or more. Then again, her attorney conceded that she was driving drunk during the trial. The question that the jury couldn't answer, and which led to mistrial, was whether her conduct amounted to vehicular manslaughter, reports the Orange County Register.

The final tally, before the mistrial was declared, was 11-1 in favor of conviction.

Defense Attorney Blames Arachnoid Cyst For DUI, Road Rage, Murder

It was just yesterday when we said that sometimes, there is no plausible defense to a DUI charge. Today, we see another example of a hard to win case, only this time, there is no plea bargain. Armando Ochoa has taken his case to trial and plans to present a truly unique defense: the arachnoid cyst defense, reports the San Jose Mercury-News.

The day started with beer. To be exact, the previous day never ended, and the entire night was spent drinking. When Ochoa had beer with breakfast, a restaurant manager told him that he was too drunk to drive, reports the Mercury-News. A short time later, he was involved in a road rage dispute, got into another argument with a group of soccer players, and then ran down a few elderly pedestrians.

That was truly a busy morning.

Driver Gets 16 Years For Killing Pedestrian, Blowing Through Checkpoint

Sometimes, there really is no defense. We’re not even talking realistic or even likely to succeed defenses either. For Isidro Peralta, 26, it doesn’t seem like there was any defense that an attorney could come up with and sell to a jury with a straight face. As a result, his plea deal (term used loosely) ended with a sixteen year sentence, reports the Los Angeles Daily News.

Back in April, 2011, Peralta allegedly collided with a pedestrian, 50-year-old Curly Junior Ross, and took off before turning the corner and driving right into a DUI checkpoint. The officers first heard the sound of tire squeal from the collision, then saw Peralta’s heavily damaged Mustang turn the corner. According to a press release from the Sheriff’s Department, the officers gave chase when he used the opposite side of the road to avoid the checkpoint.

Irony: Substance Abuse Counselor Charged With DUI, Murder

The clichéd “you’d think that she would know better” has never been more appropriate, especially in a legal sense.

Sherri Lynn Wilkins, 51, of Torrance, was arrested after striking and killing Phillip Moreno, 31. Moreno was headed home after leaving the Branch Office bar when Wilkins’ Mitsubishi Eclipse struck him in the roadway. She turned right on Crenshaw Boulevard and continued to drive for two miles, with Moreno embedded in her hood and windshield, before her car was stopped by concerned citizens, reports the Daily News.

Slap on the Wrist for Riverside Teen's Fatal DUI Street Race?

Back in March, Jesus Javier Gamez was behind the wheel of a 1995 Ford Mustang. As many young and dumb drivers tend to do, he was pushing the limits of the vehicle. To make matters worse, he was racing another car on a surface street. His speeds reached 120 mph before he lost control of the vehicle, collided with a parked car and a light pole, and killed his passenger, Ruben Terriquez, 18, of Riverside, reports the Press-Enterprise.

Did we mention that he was under the influence as well? You’d think charges of driving under the influence and felony gross vehicular manslaughter would lead to a lengthy sentence.

Apparently not.