Nearly 20 years ago, my client fled los angeles after finding out he had a felony warrant for his arrest. He was young and foolish and had gotten himself into some bad company and some serious trouble. His warrant was for the sale of narcotics and could have landed him some serious prison time. So he ran. He ran far away and started a new life.
He changed his ways. Got an education and a career. Raised a family and became a productive member of society and his community. But all along, in the back of his mind, he knew that he was still running and a brush with the law would devastate his life and take it all away. He was wrong for getting caught up in the crime and also for running away but he couldnt run anymore.
He contacted my office to help him with this 20 year old felony warrant. And just so you know, the people that tell you that warrants just get wiped out automatically after some years are lying to you. I made some calls and the warrant was active and in the systems. My client wanted to resolve all of this and knew there was a likelihood that he would go directly to jail and stay there.
We were able to secure a bail for his warrant and posted it and then came the day in court. Our client had flown in expecting to go into jail and full of jittery nerves but still willing to take responsibility for the actions.
Fortunately we were able to have his felony case dismissed entirely on that court date. He flew back to his life and family and finally had a chance to stop and breathe as he is no longer running from the law. I wish him the best of luck.
Anthony A. Arzili
California continues to crack down on those arrested for DUI by ratcheting up penalties.
2 new laws that will go into effect in 2010 deal with those convicted of Drunk Driving/DUI in Los Angeles County. One of the laws is a pilot program that seeks to have those convicted of first offense DUI be forced to install an ignition interlock device in each car that they have access to.
The ignition interlock devices (IID) are to be purchased by those convicted of DUI and each time the driver starts the car, he needs to blow into the device to show there is no alcohol in his system. Details of the pilot program have not been released yet, but it is clear that avoiding a DUI conviction is now more important than ever. Hiring an experienced DUI lawyer can help improve the chances of reducing or removing any penalties for your DUI arrest.
The second law that will go into effect has to do with 2nd or 3rd time offender and their ability to get a restricted license. This also deals with the (IID) device and will be monitored through the DMV.
If you have questions about your recent DUI arrest, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or our office at 562-907-4448 for a free consultation.
Best of Luck and Happy New Year,
Anthony A. Arzili
LA DUI Attorney
If you have gotten behind the wheel after drinking, you have already made one mistake. Here’s some info that helps you from making one mistake turn into a night of mistakes.
1) Be smart.
Short and Sweet. If you are pulled over for a DUI, (and you have been drinking), don’t give the police officer anything more than you need to. Hand over your license and registration. Be polite. But as far as telling the officer, how many beers you had and when you ate, etc. It only serves to expedite things to a DUI arrest! You are under no legal obligation to answer questions from the officer about what you drank or when you drank. If he want you to do field sobriety tests and you don’t think you can pass them, politely decline without giving a reason. You have no legal obligation to do FST’s.
2) Don’t be a smart-ass.
Take an attitude with the officer that pulls you over, and you can rest assured that he’s going to make this encounter a memorable one. Trying to argue your way out of a DUI is about as smart an idea as driving drunk in the first place. Most officers will make up their minds on whether they are going to arrest you, based on the first few minutes of talking with you. Blabbing away does two things: 1) it makes the officer get defensive and lean more towards arresting you, 2) It makes you seem more drunk by being overly talkative and argumentative.