Over the last 17 years, I’ve represented many clients that find themselves facing jail time because their drinking has caused them to make bad choices. Whether its a 2nd offense DUI or any other criminal offense that stems from issues with alcohol, I’ve been able to use Scram to help them avoid substantial jail time and also treat their underlying alcohol issues.
Scram is an electronic device that monitors your blood alcohol content through a skin sensor. It is typically worn on your ankle and it communicates with a base station at your house.
I’ve saved countless clients from having to go through the side door of the courtroom into jail by being proactive and having a scram device ready before we see the judge. You see, most judges do not want repeat alcohol offenders on the road. They want them in jail so that no one else gets harmed and the Judge gets blamed for allowing them out in the first place.
The voluntary installation of the Scram device on my clients has impressed judges in many ways. First, most judges trust Scram to keep people from drinking. No amount of AA classes or increased bail assures a judge that you will not drink the minute you are released. On the other hand, a Scram anklet tells the judge you are taking responsibility for your actions and you are being proactive in helping get through them.
This past January I had a client that was facing 2 years in prison. He not only had alcohol issues in the past but his present problems were caused by alcohol as well. I met with my client’s family and had my Scram representative get the process started. I then met with the Judge and the prosecutor where I extolled the virtues of this service coupled with counseling. The Judge loved it and agreed to release my client from jail on the strict condition that he gets the Scram device installed immediately. Needless to say, if it was not for our approach, this young man would have been sitting in a jail cell right now.
If you’d like to know if Scram can help you in your case, please feel free to contact us at LABestDefense@gmail.com or 562 907 4448
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 email@example.com or our office at 562-907-4448 for a free consultation.
Best of Luck and Happy New Year,
Anthony A. Arzili
LA DUI Attorney
When a client is facing a 2nd DUI, the consequences are very serious. Clients face the very real possibility of losing their license for at least a year. To make matters worse, you are not entitled to a restricted license during this period. So basically, either you win your DUI DMV hearing or you cannot drive for an entire year. The consequences are brutal. For most people this means financial disaster.
Your choice is to either give up your license or to get an experienced DUI Attorney and fight for your license. The DMV’s hearing process for a DUI is geared towards suspending your license. Your only shot is to have an experienced Attorney that specializes in handling DUI cases attack the DMV’s evidence.
I’ve handled nearly 500 DUI hearings at the DMV. This means I’ve seen all kinds of cases and all possible legal issues and defenses. Most clients who are facing a 2nd Time DUI basically think they have no shot and it’s just a waste of time and money to fight their suspension. The fact of the matter is that DUI hearings are extremely technical and police need to follow specific guidelines in their DUI investigation. A thorough analysis of the police reports will give me the opportunity to find any legal issues or possible defenses that may be argued at your hearing to save your license.
My client had a DUI conviction 8 years ago and was now involved in a serious car accident on the freeway. The police had arrested him for a 2nd time DUI charge and alleged that he caused the accident and had refused the chemical tests. He was facing a 2 year flat suspension of his license.
At the DUI hearing, I presented the testimony of my client. Then, I attacked the police’s handling of the investigation. After the hearing, the hearing officer ruled that our argument was valid and found that my client’s license should not be suspended.
Interestingly enough, my client thought he had no shot at saving his license when I first met him in my office. I was glad we were able to get him working again and supporting his family.