A man riding a bicycle was struck and killed in a hit-and-run accident Thursday morning in Van Nuys, with the driver taken into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence.
Police responded about 3:45 a.m. to Haskell Avenue and Stagg Street and found the victim, said Officer Norma Eisenman, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department.
The cyclist was struck from behind and pushed up to 40 feet, NBC4 reported. The driver fled the scene and was found about a mile away at Woodley Avenue and Saticoy Street, where he was taken into custody, Eisenman said.
The driver was combative and fought with officers while being arrested and was transported to a hospital with unknown injuries, NBC4 reported.
So, you’re the drive, what happens now? Well, you are likely going to be held on high bail and, in all likelihood, will face charges of felony hit-and-run, resisting arrest and felony dui causing injury and/or vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. All of which are serious offenses.
As discussed in prior blogs about DUIs and hit-and-runs, the technical facts surround the incident are crucial. Did the officer(s) observe you drive? If not, are there any circumstantial facts that would demonstrate driving? What was your blood alcohol concentration? Were you taking any medication at the time of the incident? All of these facts are critical since prosecutors prosecuting DUIs rely on technical facts to prove their case.
It is also critical to contact the DMV within 10 days from the date of incident/arrest to prevent them from automatically suspending your driver’s license and request an administrative hearing.
Depending on the facts of your case, the extent of any injuries to victim(s) and other mitigation factors, punishment could range from no jail and probation to years in state prison and a year-long license (or more) license suspension.
If you or someone you know has been arrested for DUI, hit-and-run or DUI causing injury in Los Angeles, San Bernardino or Orange county, contact attorney Ross Erlich as soon as possible. Attorney Ross Erlich can contact the DMV and request a hearing without having them automatically suspend your license and work to suggest steps you may take to improve the outcome in your case before you even go to court for the first time.
17 Jul 2018
MTV’s Teen Mom star Farrah Abraham is facing possible jail time if convicted of the battery and resisting an officer charges filed against her. She is scheduled to be arraigned in the Airport Courthouse on August 13 on those two misdemeanor charges.
The charges stem from an incident in which she allegedly hit a security guard at the Beverly Hills Hotel and then resisted arrest when she was asked to leave the hotel. Officers arrived to the hotel based on a call that Abraham was arguing with hotel guests and had been asked to leave the location by hotel security. The security officer alleged that Abraham struck him in the face with her forearm, grabbed his ear and pushed him in the face as he attempted to prevent her from re-entering the hotel. Beverly Hill Police officers noted that Abraham exhibited signs of intoxication.
If convicted on both counts, Abraham faces up to 18 months in jail.
Attorney Ross Erlich has handled numerous battery and resisting arrest cases. A lot of them are a result of people who are under the influence, out partying, at a club or bar, and simply take things a little too far or don’t follow instructions from law enforcement.
A battery charge is something that takes into account any and all unwanted touching that is done in an offensive way. Thus, someone doesn’t have to beat someone up, break a bone, cause bleeding, etc, to be convicted of a battery. All that is required is some physical contact in an offensive manner. In most cases, the maximum penalty for a batter is up to 6 months in jail and up to a $2,000 fine. If you commit a batter against a peace/police officer, it can be charged as a wobbler (a felony or a misdemeanor).
In order to be charged with resisting arrest, you must resist, delay or otherwise obstruct a law enforcement officer, or emergency personnel, while they are performing, or trying to perform, their official duties. This, as one might imagine, is typically charged when people resist officers putting handcuffs on them, push officers away, and giving a false name to police officers.
While attorney Ross Erlich’s job is to fight to protect your rights and liberty, the best advice to give someone when confronted with security and/or police officers is to be as courteous as possible and follow directions. There is no need to provide any statements or to incriminate yourself, but if asked to leave somewhere or to stop doing a certain activity, cooperation tends to lead to no charges getting filed, or, at least no resisting arrest charges.
If you or someone you know has been charged with battery or resisting arrest in the Airport courthouse, Van Nuys courthouse or the Downtown CCB courthouse, contact attorney Ross Erlich as soon as possible. There might be ways to civilly compromise your case and get charges permanently suspended.