The state of California has taken a firm stance against impaired driving. If you are caught
operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you face a number of severe
consequences that can include suspension of your driver’s license, a steep fine, and potential jail
time. A DUI conviction will have long term consequences that follow you for the rest of your
life. It is crucial for you to seek legal assistance if you find yourself charged with driving under
the influence. Our team of lawyers at Hurwitz Law Group, Inc can help you defend yourself at your
DMV hearing and/or in a court of law in order to minimize the negative consequences arising
from your charge.
If it is your first time being charged with driving under the influence and your actions did not
result in the death or serious injury of another individual, you are likely looking at a
misdemeanor DUI. While misdemeanor convictions typically have lighter penalties than
felonies, there is still the possibility that you will have to pay thousands of dollars in fines and
your driver’s license may be suspended for an extended period of time. Furthermore, the
conviction will go on your criminal record, which will affect your future ability to secure
employment or housing. Our criminal defense lawyers can help you dispute the charge or
negotiate softer penalties for your misdemeanor DUI in order to reduce the impact that this one-
time incident will have on your life.
Felony DUI charges are common in cases where driving under the influence causes death or
grievous bodily harm to a victim. However, you may also be charged with a felony if you have
been convicted of reckless driving or DUI offenses more than three times within the past 10
years or have a prior felony DUI conviction. The penalties for a felony DUI are much more
severe than a misdemeanor DUI. If convicted, you may face anywhere between 16 months to 16
years in prison depending on the circumstances of your charge. Consult with one of our criminal
defense attorneys to find out what you can do to mitigate the negative impact of a felony DUI.
We will help you find a way to reduce or refute the charge.
In Los Angeles, if you are arrested for driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol,
your license will be automatically suspended. You have a short window of time during which
you can arrange a hearing with the DMV to dispute the suspension. After this time frame passes,
there is nothing that can be done. That is why it is important that you contact our lawyers right
away if you are at risk of losing your license.
Disputing the Charges
From time to time, an individual may be falsely accused of driving under the influence. There
may be a lack of evidence to determine whether they mentally and/or physically impaired while
behind the wheel or there may have been problems with how their Breathalyzer test was
administered. Our experienced lawyers will help shed light on any reasonable doubt that can help
a client avoid an unjust conviction.