DUI Arrests Up So Far This Holiday Season
California’s state task force again drunk driving reported an increase in the number of DUI arrests so far this season.
Since Friday, December 13, through midnight this Monday, there were 1,366 arrests of suspected drunk drivers from reported from 100 law enforcement agencies throughout the state. This number is up from the 1,298 arrests made during the same time period in 2012.
The California Highway Patrol has stepped up enforcement during the holiday season and are deploying additional DUI checkpoints through January 1st. LAPD says they concentrate their efforts on Hollywood and North Hollywood, the two areas where DUIs have been a major problem.
If you live in Los Angeles, chances are you realize the problems that this large geographical area has with going out and having a few drinks – someone is going to have to drive. You also probably know that the law enforcement agencies in Los Angeles take driving under the influence seriously and pay extra attention to drivers during the holiday season. That being said, the best way to prevent being arrested for a DUI in Los Angeles would be to get a designated driver or a cab.
If you are pulled over for driving under the influence, cooperate fully with the police officer. Under California’s implied consent law, you are required to submit to a chemical test if the officer has reason to believe you might be operating your vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs or both. You can choose between a blood test, a breathalyzer test at the police station, or a urine test at those stations that still offer that option.
The one thing to keep in mind is that you are NOT going to talk your way out of an arrest. Telling the officer “I wasn’t that drunk” or, “I only had a couple beers” is not going to make them have a change of heart and let you go home. You have a right to an attorney before the police question you and I would highly recommend exercising that right before you make any statements.
If you have been arrested for a DUI in Los Angeles, contact attorney Ross Erlich as soon as possible. Ross Erlich handles all types of DUI-related offenses as well as all of the corresponding DMV proceedings. It is crucial for you to contact the DMV or an attorney within 10 days after your arrest before your license is suspended automatically.
If you have questions related to DUI, reckless driving, or driving under the influence in Los Angeles, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, or North Hollywood, contact our office today.