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Los Angeles criminal defense attorney, David Chesley, runs a powerful California criminal defense law firm that has quickly spread throughout California. Along with his team of expert and experienced Los Angeles DUI attorneys, David Chesley has handled countless California criminal defense cases, including a large number of DUI and high-profile cases.
Our Los Angeles DUI lawyers are dedicated to providing every single client who steps through our doors with the best possible criminal defense representation. We will provide you with an aggressive criminal defense representation to obtain the best possible results.
DUI Alcohol: California Vehicle Code 23152
The vehicle code 23152 is under the chapter of road safety and public offenses rule of Department of Motor Vehicle in California. The code enforces Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of Alcohol as a criminal offense and sets out the limit of safe and unsafe levels, age, and driving license types.
What happens when you are charged with DUI Alcohol in Los Angeles California?
When arrested for a DUI, most people believe that it will be impossible to successfully challenge DUI charges. Usually, this is wrong; our experienced Los Angeles DUI lawyers have successfully represented many clients against DUI related charges in Los Angeles and throughout California.
Often equipment malfunctions can create inaccurate readings, and all forms of BAC testing are prone to error. Blood samples that were taken during your arrest can be acquired in order for us to have them tested at an independent laboratory. This procedure has often led to different results in your blood tests.
Did you know that during the roadside investigation that led to your DUI arrest the arresting officer is required to follow set of standardized procedures? Many police officers fail to follow these guidelines, making evidence gathered in the field questionable.
As you can see our experienced California DWI Lawyer will investigate your DUI case from every angle and we will find any errors made by the police and by their testing equipment.
A DUI commonly begins with an officer of the law pulling you over, or at a checkpoint. If the officer suspects you to be under the influence, he will ask you to perform a series of field sobriety tests, you will also be required to blow into a handheld Breathalyzer. If you are thought to be under the influence, the officer will proceed to arrest you and you will be asked to take either a blood test or a breath test at the police station, or at a hospital.
Refusing both the breath and blood test can result in much tougher DUI penalties, often including a one-year driver’s license suspension.
Normally if you are arrested for a misdemeanor DUI, you will be released a few hours after your arrest. In case of felony DUIs, you may be required to post bail in order to be released. After you are released you should be given a citation that requires you to appear in court on a certain date and you will also be given a temporary driver’s license. Your regular driver’s license is usually taken by the arresting police officer and mailed to the Department of Motor Vehicles. If you have an out-of-state driver’s license then the police officer will return your driver’s license to you when you are released.
After a DUI Arrest
Once you are released it is important to contact your DMV and request a hearing. You will have 10 days from the rest of your arrest to demand a hearing, if you fail to contact the DMV within those 10 days you driver’s license will be automatically suspended after 30 days. If you hire an experienced DUI attorney, your attorney will be able to request the hearing for you. Having an experienced DUI attorney handle this can have many advantages, such as being able to request the hearing at a later date in order to better prepare for it.
Our experienced Los Angeles DUI lawyers will use the DMV hearing to persuade the DMV to allow you to keep your driving privileges. Our experienced Los Angeles DUI lawyers will also use this opportunity to gather information that can be helpful in building a defense for court. During this hearing, our aggressive attorneys will subpoena the logs that contain information on the breathalyzer used during your arrest. These include calibration and maintenance logs that can reveal a history of malfunctions or inaccuracies.
Along with these logs, we can also subpoena the arresting officer, this will require the police officer to testify at the DMV hearing. Often the testimony given by the arresting office may reveal any errors that could have been made in the field, during your arrest.
Once the hearing is over, The DMV will consider the matter and make a decision. This decision is normally mailed to you within 30 days of the hearing. If the DMV rules in your favor, then you will be able to maintain your driving privileges. If the DMV rules against you, then your license will be suspended shortly after receiving their decision. Even if the DMV rules in your favor, a conviction in court can lead to a separate license suspension.
If your license is suspended, our experienced Los Angeles DUI Lawyers can help you obtain a restricted driver’s license within 30 days of the suspension. This license will allow you to drive to and from your place of employment and to any court-mandated alcohol programs. Our aggressive California criminal defense attorneys will work to obtain a restricted license as soon as possible if your license is suspended. It is important to know that driving with a suspended license is a serious crime and lead to longer license suspensions and even jail time.
Penalties for DUI (VC 23152)
Our Experience California DUI and Criminal Defense Attorneys
Our experience California DWI/DUI Lawyers will be able to attend most of the DUI court proceedings on your behalf, you will only be required to attend if there is a hearing in which you are required to testify or if the case goes to trial. DUI cases often involve multiple court dates and can run over the course of several months.
During the course of your DUI proceedings, your assigned California DUI attorney will spend their time collecting evidence in order to better negotiate with the judge and prosecutor on your behalf. Your assigned attorney will use any evidence gathered to seek dismissal or reductions to any charges you may be facing.
If after all these proceedings, no settlement is reached then the DUI case will be set for a jury trial. Often during a trial, our Los Angeles DUI lawyers will be able to negotiate better deals by using the trial as an opportunity to review minor details that could have been overlooked by the District Attorney.
Contact us for help
A DUI conviction can have devastating impact on your personal and professional life. A conviction will lead to a permanent mark on your criminal record and will also affect your driving record. One of our experienced California criminal defense attorneys will give you an upper hand in avoiding both. At the Law Offices of David Chesley, we invite you to contact us for your free initial consultation. During this consultation we will help you explore all the options available to you when fighting a DUI or any other type of criminal charges.
To set up a free consultation or if you have any questions, contact us through our website or give us a call. One of our expert California DUI & DWI lawyers will be waiting to speak with you. Call us today at 1-800-755-5174.
According to VC 23152 (a), it is illegal for any person to drive under the influence of alcohol.
As experienced defense attorneys, we have various instances of the successful defense of DUI marijuana cases.
The drug can be any controlled, illegal or prescription substance that can impair a person’s ability to drive a vehicle safely.
A hit and run case is when the driver after hitting another car(s) or damaging the property did not stop and left the scene without notifying other drive or property owner and law enforcement.
You must consult an experienced defense lawyer for your legal representation in court to avoid conviction or to reduce charges to minimum.
Multiple defendants each facing 7 years charged with smuggling prescription drugs into California from Mexico our client was the only defendant who received NO JAIL TIME!
Client facing 5 years for possession of deadly weapon we negotiated a plea for NO JAIL TIME!
Client facing 3 life terms for multiple felony counts of Child Molestation and Sodomy with child we proved the charges were fabricated by victims mother DISMISSAL of all charges at preliminary hearing!
Strike case: Client charged with possession of methamphetamine facing 25 years we filed a Romero Motion which was granted case REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR!
Client's estranged girlfriend alleged Client broke into her room and choked her facing 14 years in State Prison we won at trial JURY ACQUITTAL.
Police allegedly discovered 3 bags of marijuana in client's glove box faced 6 years we filed a 1538.5 motion to suppress resulting in DISMISSAL of all charges!
Client allegedly sold rock cocaine to undercover officer faced 10 years following our argument client received NO JAIL TIME!
Client facing 15 years for Armed Robbery we proved misidentification Judge DISMISSED the case!
Rodrigo L. San Fernando, CA (Sherman Oaks Yelp Review)
I am truly pleased with my experience with the Law Offices Of David S Chesley. They answered all my questions and provided me with great advice and legal services. My case resolved quickly. Thank you!
Ricardo Esteves Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Google Places Review)
I left court yesterday with my last case being wrapped up. Two court appearances and that's it. He represented me in a couple of different cases and was impressive to say the least. Always a phone call or text message away. Confident and aggressive when he needed to be. Calming and thorough when meeting with me. Attorney Chesley did exactly what he said he would and I got the results I needed. He seemed to know all the right people at the Temple Street courthouse. You can always get in contact with him quickly and he is a great lawyer. I highly recommend his legal services.
Erica Geller Ontario, CA (Ontario Facebook review)
My brother was given a very caring attorney that was assigned to his case and we had very helpful case managers throughout the process. I strongly recommend David Chesley to anyone who is in trouble. I called in to get help on my brothers case and right away I liked their service. My brothers charges were eventually dismissed after the attorney got him into a program, now he could go on without the trouble of having anything on his record
Elizabeth F. San Diego, CA (San Diego Google Places Review)
I retained Mr. Chesley and his firm and from the beginning they were extremely professional both in communicating the status of my case to me, explaining the situation as a whole, and just downright taking care of business. It was money well spent for a job well done. Thanks again to David and Melissa others that worked on my case. I recommend this firm to anyone in need of legal representation. Don’t just accept things the courts force on you, call this firm and protect yourself.
Leon Hanley Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Avvo review)
I contacted Mr. Chesley and his firm because some unfortunate events had left me in a jam. Detectives were demanding I testify or be prosecuted for a crime I didn’t commit. (I wasn’t involved or even at the scene of the alleged crime when it supposedly took place.) Mr. Chesley explained to me that he had been through similar situations with his clients before and understood exactly what was going on. His response to what took place was nothing short of amazing. No matter how small my concern, Mr. Chesley addressed it in a timely manner. He advocated for what is right and empathized with me in dealing with the Court system. After meeting with the supervising D.A. and providing alibi evidence he was able to get me out the situation. I’m very grateful to have found him.
Britanny Givens Newport Beach, CA (Newport Beach Google Places)
I hired David Chesley for my criminal defense in 2012. he was recommended to us for is success results and his low fees. David is very smart and his professional legal advice was honest & much appreciated during these stressful time. David's knowledge, advice, and communication about what we were to expect was reassuring and beneficial to me. He charged me a reasonable flat rate and didn't charge me any surprise fees. In my case David Chesley was able to negotiate with the prosecution attorney for the best result I could hope for. He had success at getting my criminal charges dismissed with the judges approval. You will not be disappointed if you hire The Law Offices of David S. Chesley.
Andrew A. North Hollywood, CA (Better Business Bureau review)
David is very professional, yet very casual. Although it is typically not easy to speak straight up with an attorney, he is very easy to talk to. He replied to my questions quickly and was available all hours. Not only did he get my case resolved with a dismissal, he went above and beyond and got me an expungement without me even requesting it. He never beats around the bush and tells you like it is. At the same time is willing to work overtime to get the results you request. I would use David's services again in the future.