Did you ever have a beer when outing with friends but, on the way back home, the police stopped you for a routine alcohol test? If this is the case, most probably you will need a Los Angeles DUI lawyer, and we, at Hurwitz Law Group, are ready to help.
What is DUI?
Driving under the influence, or shortly DUI, is a legal offense when you drive your car on a public road with a blood alcohol content above the legal limit. Depending on the local regulations, driving a motor vehicle on a private property (for example a parking lot), may not come out as an offense. However, sitting on your car with the engine on, in some places may fall under the umbrella of DUI.
You should also be aware of the legal limits of the blood alcohol applicable in the area you drive your car. This varies from country to country or even between states. Our advice is to observe and follow the local regulations so that you will avoid any conflict with the law.
DUI is applicable for both light and heavy machinery, as alcohol effects are preventing the driver from exercising caution while driving. Also, it's worthy of mentioning that alcohol slows down your reactions time, and a minor event can turn into a significant accident with long term unfortunate effects.
Is DUI a crime?
In the US, DUI is considered a severe crime that can lead to hefty fines, license suspension, or even jail time. Getting your first DUI, with no other events, can be generally classified as a misdemeanor. But misdemeanor convictions will also show up on your criminal record, so it is better to prevent the situation altogether.
If you have any questions, a Los Angeles DUI lawyer will be able to clarify all your concerns so that you will be aware of the consequences, and stay out of trouble. You must understand that driving under the influence is the most severe offense while driving, and that is why DUI is both a traffic violation and a criminal offense.
On the other hand, having a DUI, or several on your records will show up in any employment screening, affecting your chance of landing a good job. If your prospective employer asks you if you have ever been convicted of a crime, in case you have a DUI history, you better be honest and inform them.
Can a Los Angeles DUI lawyer help?
Yes, we have experienced DUI attorneys that can help you with your case. The DUI law is somewhat complicated, and unless you are regularly visiting the court (which we hope you don’t), you will not be aware of all the frequent changes.
We, at Hurwitz Law Group, will start with an initial assessment of your case, and we will advise on the steps to be taken. It is our responsibility to keep track of legal deadlines, do the fillings, negotiate with prosecutors, and help you expunge the conviction.