Los Angeles DUI Defense Lawyer Anita Patel
Have you been arrested in Los Angeles for Driving Under the Influence (DUI)?
About 200,000 people are arrested every year in California for Driving Under The Influence (DUI). If there is a child in the car, you could be facing a felony. A USA Today poll found that almost 10% of all Americans had driven drunk within the past 30 days, and 15% admit to driving drunk in the past year. For those that get arrested, it is the most serious legal trouble they will ever have in their lives.
30% of DUI arrests in California do not end up as convictions. Your best bet to avoid conviction is to hire experienced Los Angeles DUI Lawyer Anita Patel. Call her today for a free case evaluation in her Los Angeles offices.
You’ve just been arrested for DUI. You’re filled with anxiety about having to confront the criminal justice system with all of its considerable resources. Nothing counts more than the right lawyer defending you. In her twelve years as a senior deputy district attorney, Los Angeles DUI Lawyer Anita Patel handled dozens of Driving Under The Influence cases, and chances are she has seen one just like yours.
Here at the Law Offices of Anita Patel , we tell you what you need to know, not what you want to hear. We understands this process can take an enormous emotional and financial toll on you which is why we are aggressive in our defense while at the same time honest, direct, and patient with you while outlining your case. Violators of California Vehicle Code 23152 (a) (b) have usually never been in trouble with the law like they are now. They may have spent their first night in jail and dread having to deal with their arrest.
Why do I need a drunk driving defense lawyer?
The first mistake most people make is speaking with law enforcement before retaining a DUI lawyer. You are never doing yourself a favor by chatting with the police, though your intention may be to demonstrate a cooperative attitude. If you are under arrest, you can be certain all your self-incriminating statements will be used later by the prosecutor.
The good news is that you have more options in front of you than you probably could imagine. Even if you have prior convictions or there was an accident as part of the arrest, you don’t have to go to jail. Call Los AngelesDUI lawyer Anita Patel to start building your defense.
What are some of the factors a DUI lawyer looks for in building a defense?
A competent DUI lawyer knows which evidence to critique and how to discredit it. For instance, there are driving symptoms, personal behaviors, and field sobriety tests that all have to withstand close scrutiny. The most common driving behaviors that law enforcement consider symptomatic of driving under the influence are straddling lanes, weaving through traffic, and delayed reactions to traffic signals or brake lights. Once you are on the side of the road, the officer makes note of additional symptoms of DUI which may include:
- Odor of alcohol on your breath
- Incoherent speech
- Poor coordination
- Overly friendly attitude
- Poor balance outside the vehicle
- Confusion with direct commands
You aren’t required to answer questions that may be considered incriminating such as “How many drinks have you had?” Nor are you required to perform field sobriety tests (FST) such as walking heel to toe or reciting the alphabet backwards. The results of these tests are highly subjective and a skilled DUI lawyer can cast doubt on the officer’s interpretation of the results. Most certainly, the officer in charge is not likely to tell you the FST is optional. They are trying to gather evidence to make a determination about whether you have mental or physical impairment as a result of having too many drinks. A competent DUI lawyer will be able to challenge their findings. Call Los Angeles DUI Lawyer Anita Patel to discuss your case.
If you are like most DUI defendants, this is the most trouble you have found yourself in with the law. Call Los Angeles DUI lawyer Anita Patel at (213)787-6191 or (818)478-5893 to start getting your life back on track.