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Category: DUI

27 Apr, 2019
OKABE & HAUSHALTER

SCRAM (secure continuous remote alcohol monitoring) bracelets are becoming more and more widely used in jurisdictions across the state and within Los Angeles County. This bracelet provides continuous monitoring for alcohol consumption, around the clock, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Courts are using these bracelets in great frequency when it comes […]

13 Apr, 2019
OKABE & HAUSHALTER

In California, a DUI can be a felony charge, but that’s not always the case. Most DUIs, including first, second and even third-time offenses of DUI, are classified as misdemeanor offenses under California Vehicle Code Section 23153 (a) and (b). However, there are some circumstances that cause the enhancement of a DUI misdemeanor to a […]

California has an implied consent law that makes drivers subject to be breathalyzed if they are stopped by a law enforcement officer for a valid reason. As our Los Angeles DUI defense attorney will tell you, if you refuse to take a breathalyzer test you will be fined, lose your driving privileges and face potential […]

29 Mar, 2019
OKABE & HAUSHALTER

The short answer is a resounding “no.” Any good defense attorney will tell you that the last thing you want to do in a DUI case pleads guilty. It is possible to beat a DUI charge, but it is 100 percent impossible to beat a DUI charge if you plead guilty. DUI cases can be […]

Los Angeles DUI defense attorneys are closely watching a United States Supreme Court case that is likely to be heard and decided this year and will have a direct impact on current California law. The case is actually a Wisconsin case that the Supreme Court has decided to hear on the matter of the constitutionality […]

21 Feb, 2019
OKABE & HAUSHALTER

We have learned that a Long Beach police detective has been arrested on DUI charges. California Highway Patrol says that Claudia Lopez allegedly crashed into a bicyclist causing injuries. Police say that she then allegedly caused a three-vehicle accident on a nearby freeway in which one person was seriously hurt. CHP took the detective into […]

While we hope you never have to go through getting pulled over and having to perform a Field Sobriety Test, we want you to learn a little bit about them. Field Sobriety Tests are a common tool that law enforcement officers use to determine a person’s level of impairment after they have been stopped for […]

If you caused a DUI accident while impaired by marijuana, and another person was injured or died in the crash, can you escape criminal charges by arguing that you had no knowledge or warning that the weed you had purchased would be so potent? It’s been more than a year since marijuana legalization in California, […]

25 Jan, 2019
OKABE & HAUSHALTER

Holidays are always challenging. On the one hand, you get to see people who you haven’t seen in a long time. Family comes into town and you get to catch up on all the family gossip, but that also means that you have to deal with a family that you may not always get along […]

24 Jan, 2019
OKABE & HAUSHALTER

We know that you know better. We know that you were unintentional when you went to the bar had too much to drink and then decided to drive home. In a country where beer commercials propagate a billion dollar industry, in a culture where alcohol consumption is paired with every special occasion, it isn’t hard […]

17 Jan, 2019
OKABE & HAUSHALTER

We are learning that a man who was arrested on felony DUI charges after a New Year’s Day crash has been rearrested. Melvin Branch, 30, was arrested on suspicion of DUI but released when the District Attorney’s Office said they did not have enough evidence against him to pursue charges. However, they now say they […]

Do you have at least one DUI conviction on your driving record? Then you are required by California law to install a breathalyzer in your vehicle. On January 1, 2019, a law requiring DUI offenders to install breathalyzers in vehicles they own or operate became effective in California. The Golden State joined the majority of […]