DUI Defense at The Law Offices of Arash Hashemi

Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious offense in Los Angeles, carrying significant legal penalties and long-term consequences. Under California Vehicle Code 23152, DUI charges can arise from operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher or driving under the influence of drugs. Convictions can result in hefty fines, license suspension, mandatory DUI education programs, and even jail time. The prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant was impaired while driving.

If you are arrested and charged with a DUI, it is crucial to start building your defense immediately to avoid the severe consequences of a conviction. Hiring a skilled DUI attorney to navigate the defense process is essential. At The Law Offices of Arash Hashemi, we have been defending California residents against various criminal charges since 2003. With over 20 years of experience, Attorney Arash Hashemi provides expert legal representation for individuals accused of DUI. Our firm meticulously analyzes each case, scrutinizes the evidence, and develops a strategic defense tailored to challenge the prosecution’s claims effectively.

Early intervention by our attorney can be critical to the outcome of your case. Addressing legal challenges promptly allows for the mitigation of potential damages, the gathering of vital evidence, and engagement in negotiations that may prevent the escalation of charges.

If you or someone you know is facing DUI charges in Los Angeles, it is essential to seek experienced legal counsel immediately. Contact our office at (310) 448-1529 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation. Attorney Arash Hashemi is dedicated to standing by you, providing unwavering support and strategic defense to secure the best possible outcome in your case.

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    What is DUI?

    The permissible Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) levels vary depending on the individual and the circumstances:

    1. General Driving Population: The legal BAC limit for the majority of drivers is 0.08%. Driving with a BAC level at this limit or above is considered illegal and can result in arrest and charges for a DUI.
    2. Commercial Drivers: Those who hold a commercial driver’s license are held to a stricter standard. The legal BAC limit for these drivers is 0.04%.
    3. Drivers Under 21: California enforces a “zero tolerance” policy for drivers under the age of 21. This means that a BAC of 0.01% or higher can lead to a DUI arrest.
    4. Repeat Offenders: Individuals who have been convicted of DUI offenses in the past might be subjected to stricter BAC limits or have interlock devices installed in their vehicles that prevent them from driving if any alcohol is detected in their system

    Type of DUI Crimes We Defend

    If you are arrested for a drug crime, do not speak to the police. Invoke your right to remain silent until your attorney arrives. Here are the types of drug offenses our criminal defense attorney handles:

    • Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
    • DUI with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of 0.08% or Higher
    • Commercial DUI
    • DUI with Drugs 
    • DUI with Combined Alcohol and Drugs 
    • DUI Causing Injury 
    • DUI Causing Injury with BAC of 0.08% or Higher 
    • DUI Causing Injury with Drugs 
    • DUI Causing Injury with Combined Alcohol and Drugs 
    • DUI with Prior Felony DUI Conviction 
    • DUI with Prior DUI Causing Injury Conviction 
    • Underage DUI (Zero Tolerance) 
    • Underage DUI with BAC of 0.05% or Higher 
    • Felony DUI with Prior Convictions 
    • Felony DUI Causing Injury with Prior Convictions 

    DUI Charges and Penalties in California

    First-Time Offenses:

    • Fines: Fines for a first-time DUI typically range from several hundred to several thousand dollars, varying by jurisdiction.
    • Jail Time: Mandatory jail time may be imposed, generally from one day up to six months.
    • License Suspension: Your driver’s license may be suspended for several months to a year.
    • Probation: Probationary periods can range from three to five years.
    • DUI School: Attendance at a DUI education program is usually required for first-time offenders.
    • Other Penalties: May include installation of an ignition interlock device, community service, and restitution for damages.

    Multiple Offenses:

    • Fines: Fines increase with each subsequent DUI offense.
    • Jail Time: Longer jail sentences are imposed for multiple offenses, potentially leading to years in state prison for third or fourth offenses.
    • License Revocation: Repeat offenders may face multi-year or permanent license revocation.
    • DUI School: More extensive DUI education programs are often mandated.
    • Other Penalties: Increased likelihood of ignition interlock device installation, extended probation, and mandatory alcohol or drug treatment.

    Consequences of a DUI Arrest and Conviction in California

    Short-term Consequences:

    • Temporary License Suspension: Post-arrest, your driver’s license is typically confiscated, replaced with a temporary paper license pending your DMV hearing and court outcome.
    • Detainment: You may be detained in a local jail or detention facility, depending on the arrest circumstances.
    • Bail: Release from custody often requires posting bail, which varies in cost.
    • Court Appearance: You’ll be scheduled for an arraignment to respond to the DUI charges.
    • Vehicle Towing and Impoundment: Arrested drivers usually face their vehicle being towed and impounded, incurring daily towing and impoundment fees. Repeat offenders may experience extended impoundment.

    Long-term Consequences:

    • Criminal Record: A DUI conviction becomes part of your permanent criminal record, visible in background checks.
    • Travel Restrictions: Some countries may deny entry to individuals with DUI convictions.
    • Employment Impact: A DUI can lead to job termination and hinder future employment opportunities, especially in licensed professions.
    • Insurance Premiums: Conviction leads to higher insurance rates and the need for an SR-22 certificate, indicating high-risk insurance coverage.

    DMV hearing

    When you are arrested for a DUI in California, you are entitled to an administrative hearing to challenge the suspension of your license by the Department of Motor Vehicles. You must request a hearing within 10 days of your arrest.

    Why Choose The Law Offices of Arash Hashemi for Your DUI Defense?

    When facing DUI charges in Los Angeles, you need a defense attorney with extensive experience and a proven track record. Attorney Arash Hashemi has been an active member of The State Bar of California since December 2002. On his second day as a lawyer, Arash was already in court, participating in a bench trial. Over the years, he has handled a wide variety of criminal cases, from simple misdemeanors to complex felonies, including DUI.

    Arash has also represented thousands of Californians accused of violating their probation or parole and has argued cases before the California Court of Appeals. He is admitted to practice before all California State Courts and the United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Central, and Southern Districts of California. Attorney Hashemi brings a wealth of knowledge, dedication, and a deep understanding of California’s criminal justice system to every case he handles.

    Contact a Los Angeles DUI Defense Attorney & Schedule Your Consultation Today

    Los Angeles DUI Defense Lawyer If you are facing DUI charges, don’t wait to seek legal assistance. With over 20 years of experience in criminal defense, Attorney Arash Hashemi and his team are dedicated to providing professional, effective legal representation. We understand the serious implications of DUI charges and are committed to protecting your rights and future.

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      Disclaimer: The content provided here is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. It is not intended to predict outcomes, as individual circumstances vary and laws may change over time. Those seeking legal advice should consult with a qualified attorney to understand how current laws apply to their specific situation. For detailed legal guidance on the topics discussed, please contact our law firm directly.