Getting arrested for DUI in California can be traumatizing, but our Burbank DUI attorneys want to make this ordeal as pain-free for you as possible. We will not rest until we have done everything in our power to get your case dismissed or at least reduced to a lesser offense, and we are also more than equipped to take it to trial if you wish. Let us help you by calling us at (818) 904-5900 for a free consultation.
Our Burbank DUI Office is located at:
3500 West Olive Ave, 3rd Floor
Burbank, CA 91505
Phone: (818) 736-7646
Keep reading for more information about California DUI laws and how our Burbank DUI defense lawyers can help you overcome them:
One of the biggest headaches about California DUIs is that the police legally steals your driver’s license the moment you are arrested. You will then receive a temporary one (good for thirty days), and you have only ten days from the date you are originally arrested to contact the Department of Motor Vehicles to ask for a DMV hearing to fight the license suspension.
DMV hearings are just like trials but on a smaller scale, so our Burbank DUI Defense attorneys take care of them for you in addition to your criminal case (discussed below). But our first priority is to secure you a restricted license so you can at least continue driving to school and work without fear of arrest.
Read our information page DMV hearings following a California DUI arrest for a more detailed discussion.
Most DUIs are misdemeanors prosecuted under Vehicle Code 23152(a) and Vehicle Code 23152(b)). That means the maximum jail time is limited to six months, and it is usually suspendable anyway. However, a fourth DUI within a ten-year period is an automatic felony charge, and any DUI involving an injury to a third party, even if it is your first, will be charged as a felony as well.
The first step of a DUI case is the arraignment, where we plead not guilty and set a trial date for several months later. In the interim, however, we aggressively negotiate with prosecutors to dismiss or reduce your charges, thereby avoiding trial altogether. While your case is going on, we can usually make all of your court appearances without you having to show up.
For a first-time DUI conviction of the California misdemeanors Vehicle Code 23152(a) and Vehicle Code 23152(b), a Burbank judge will typically order you to comply with the following punishments:
- Fines that may exceed a thousand dollars.
- Three (3) years of probation.
- Usually no jail, but you may be sentenced to up to six (6) months if you get convicted of another crime during your probation.
- Six (6) months of your driver’s license being suspended (see above for more info on restricted licenses); note you may be able to drive anywhere if you get an ignition interlock device (IID) installed;
- Three (3) months of a California DUI School program (see below for more info on Burbank schools).
Inevitably, second- and third-time DUI sentences are far harsher in every respect, including mandatory jail time and the installation of an ignition interlock device in your vehicle. An ignition interlock device functions as a breathalyzer that disables your car if the driver’s BAC level is too high.
Police book DUI arrestees at the Burbank Jail, located at 200 N. 3rd Street Burbank, CA 91502 and reachable at (818) 238-3333.
If the arrestee is under eighteen, however, they may instead be taken to Eastlake Juvenile Hall. Eastlake Juvenile Hall can be reached at (323) 226-8611 and is located in L.A. at 1605 Eastlake Ave.
Depending on where the alleged DUI incident took place, the case will be prosecuted by either the Los Angeles District Attorney or the Burbank City Attorney, and the matter will be handled in one of three departments at the Burbank Courthouse, located at 300 East Olive Ave., Burbank, CA 91502 and reachable at (818) 557-3466.
Defendants who plead to DUI will be given information by the courtroom clerk about local DUI Schools and instructions for how to complete their sentence. Juvenile defendants, in the meantime, will have their cases heard at Eastlake Juvenile Court, located at 1601 Eastlake Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90033 and reachable at (323) 226-8927.
If you do plead to or are convicted of a DUI in Burbank, then you can be sure of the judge ordering you to complete an alcohol education program as part of your sentence. California DUI school offers several different programs depending on your DUI history. First offender programs typically last three months while third-time offender programs can span thirty months.
One DUI School in Burbank is the Safety Education Center, Inc., which offers curriculum for first-time, second-time and third-time DUI offenders. The number is (818) 848-8667, and it is located on 844 North Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505.
Have you been arrested for DUI in Los Angeles County?
Then schedule a FREE consultation with a Burbank criminal defense lawyer by calling us at (818) 904-5900 ASAP. Once you retain our services, we will take care of everything so you can get back to your life hassle-free. We will do all we can to try to dismiss or modify your DUI charges so that you will never see jail time or lose your license.