If you are facing drunk driving charges, our Glendale California DUI defense attorneys may be able to help. Let us try to dismiss your case or have it reduced to a lesser criminal offense. Or if you wish, we will be happy to take your case all the way to a jury. Call our office at (818) 904-5900 for a free consultation, and you may visit us at:
450 North Brand Ave, 6th floor
Glendale, CA 91203
Phone: (818) 482-1994
On this page, our Glendale drunk driving lawyers provide useful information about California DUI Law, and we discuss how we may be able to help your case:
Glendale DUI lawyer Darrell York actually began his career as a Glendale police officer, so he’s made numerous drunk driving arrests himself and has testified in countless DUI trials. This insider experience in how DUI cases are investigated and prosecuted right here in Glendale gives Darrell York invaluable insight as to which mistakes arresting cops frequently make, how breath- and blood-testing instruments often fail, and what persuades prosecutors to decide to settle or throw out DUI charges. Now, Glendale criminal defense lawyer Darrell York uses his twenty-four years of experience “behind enemy lines” to build the most strategic and foolproof defense possible for your case.
It is usually not until after people are arrested for a Glendale DUI that they realize they may lose their license for a while. The moment you are booked, the police will confiscate your driver’s license and replace it with a temporary one that is valid for only a month. At this point, it is recommended you hire defense counsel right away because the Department of Motor Vehicles allows you only ten days from the date of your arrest to request a hearing to argue against the suspension.
DMV Hearings are just like trials but on a smaller scale: We present evidence and cross-examine witnesses, and we can usually appear for you so you do not even have to come. A first-time DUI may result in you losing your license for a few months, though successive DUIs may cause suspensions of one year or longer. However, we can almost always guarantee you a restricted license, which permits you to continue driving to work and school.
For more detailed information, please check out our article on DMV hearings from a California DUI arrest.
A Glendale DUI arrest usually causes two misdemeanor charges to be brought against you: 1) Vehicle Code 23152(a), and 2) Vehicle Code 23152(b). However, if you already have three DUI convictions, a fourth one will always be charged as a felony, even if no accident occurred.
California DUI cases usually span a long time with the initial arraignment often occurring months after the arrest. But we use this extra time to your advantage by compiling evidence, researching all the facts surrounding your arrest, and whittling away at the state’s case against you. And unless you wish to take the case to trial and testify, you almost never have to go to court — we can usually make every appearance for you.
Once someone pleads to or is convicted of a first-time DUI in Glendale under Vehicle Code 23152(a) and Vehicle Code 23152(b), the judge will usually order the following:
- Two days to six months in jail, but that is usually suspendable
- Fines ranging from the mid-hundreds to low thousands
- Three or more years of probation
- A driver’s license suspension of about six months, though you can usually get a restricted license to continue driving to work or school; and you may be able to drive anywhere if you get an ignition interlock device (IID) installed.
- California DUI School (see below for info on local schools)
As you would expect, the judge gets stricter for second and third DUIs: Fines may be in the thousands, DUI school may last up to thirty months, jail time may be mandatory, and you may have to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle. (An ignition interlock device is basically a breathalyzer that ensures no one intoxicated can drive your car.)
DUI arrestees are usually taken to the Glendale California Jail for booking and release:
Glendale California Jail
131 N. Isabel St.
Glendale, CA 91206
DUI cases are then prosecuted by either the Glendale City Attorney or the Los Angeles County District Attorney. Eventually, the case will be heard in one of two departments of the Glendale Courthouse:
600 East Broadway
Glendale, CA 91206
However, if the DUI is a felony charge, it will eventually be transferred to Burbank:
300 East Olive Ave.
Burbank, CA 91502
Either way, the courthouse clerks will provide defendants who plead to or are convicted of DUIs information about completing their DUI School requirement.
If arrestees are under eighteen, chances are they will be detained at the Eastlake Juvenile Hall and face a judge at Eastlake Juvenile Court:
Eastlake Juvenile Hall
1605 Eastlake Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Eastlake Juvenile Court
1601 Eastlake Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Everyone who pleads to or is convicted of a DUI, even for the first time, will be ordered to complete a drug and alcohol education program. California DUI School programs can last from three months to thirty months, and the judge determines the length by considering your DUI history and BAC levels at the time of the arrest.
Two Glendale DUI Schools are:
Adapt-Aware Zone, Inc.
Programs: First Offender
143 S. Glendale Ave., Ste. 103
Glendale, CA 91205
Right On Programs, Inc.
Programs: First Offender; Eighteen Month; Thirty Month
522 East Broadway, Ste. 101
Glendale, CA 91205
Have you been arrested for DUI in Los Angeles County?
Then let us make this experience as painless and easy as possible for you. To schedule a free consultation with a Glendale criminal defense lawyer, call (818) 904-5900 as soon as you can. We will not rest until we have done everything to keep you out of jail and minimize, if not eliminate, any consequences.