Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

Experienced DUI Representation

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs (DUI)

The Baum Law Corp. vigorously defend people charged with drunk driving and driving under the influence of drugs: whether illegal, or authorized prescription drugs.

Protecting Client’s Privilege to Drive at DMV Hearings

The California DMV will automatically suspend your drivers’ license after a drunk driving arrest. You only have 10-days –including weekend– to request an administrative hearing. Our firm will request the hearing on your behalf and will appear at that hearing in your place to make every attempt to preserve your ability to drive. Our firm will do everything possible to help you keep your driving privileges by vigorously defending you at the DMV suspension hearing.

DUI charges are serious and mean a long list of negative direct and indirect consequences.
No matter how bad a case may seem, there are ways to minimize or, in some cases, even avoid these consequences entirely. However, time is of the essence. The first month of the case can make a difference in the outcome.

There are several important reasons for this:

Preserving evidence in the case. Taking photos of the scene to capture the conditions as they existed at the time may be critical to presenting a strong defense.

Interviewing witnesses to preserve their testimony while their memories are fresh. In most cases the trial is not scheduled for many months after the original event. Sometimes witnesses move, forget, or become unavailable. Immediate action is required to preserve vital evidence.

Early meetings with Law Enforcement Investigators and Prosecutors can influence the type of charges that are filed before the case is brought to court. Law enforcement officers make a recommendation of what charges should be filed when they arrest someone, but prosecutors make the ultimate decision before the first court date. Based on our relationships with the various prosecuting offices, we can sometimes cause a dismissal or reduction in charges before the case gets to court.

No matter how hopeless your situation may now appear to you, our firm’s well trained, capable professionals will take every action possible to prepare your case for a successful outcome.

Even if you have high blood or breath alcohol test results, or if you refused all chemical tests, we have obtained dismissals or reduction in charges.

We will investigate how well the arresting officers performed their duties in accordance with their training, and leverage any uncertainty relating every aspect of the forensic results, whether breath or blood tests into reasonable doubt resulting in an acquittal.

There are dozens of ways to defeat a blood or breath test result. Here are a few examples from actual cases we’ve successfully handled:

  • Because the initial stop of our client wasn’t properly justified, all of the evidence that was collected afterwards had to be thrown out resulting in dismissal of the charges
  • Client was not a suitable candidate for breath testing due to a physical condition affecting the testing device, including persistent heartburn, that causes false results on breath tests
  • That the breath machines weren’t functioning properly due to improper or infrequent calibration as reflected by the maintenance records and calibration logs
  • That the integrity of the blood test results were compromised by bacterial growth or improper anti-coagulant or preservative levels
  • That blood-typing demonstrated a blood sample police attributed to our client was, in fact, someone else’s blood sample

That even though our client’s test results were above the legal limit at the time of testing, they were below the legal limit at the time of driving (which is the critical time in a DUI case)

All these cases, and many others, appeared at first to our clients to be unwinnable. The critical facts that turned the case around weren’t apparent on the surface. Only our firm’s aggressive approach revealed possible defenses that were not immediately visible.

You Are in Control of Your Legal Defense

Our Attorney is an aggressive trial lawyer and litigation specialist, however, the ultimate direction of your case is always under your control and direction. Mr. Baum will prepare your case for trial and then take it as far as you want to go. If you decide to not take your matter to trial, this means that Mr. Baum will engage in effective settlement negotiations on your behalf.

When the Prosecutor understands that you are prepared to go to trial – even if you really have no intention of doing so – it puts your case in a stronger position for effective bargaining. If, on the other hand, going to trial is the best way to protect your rights, it might mean taking your case to a California bench or jury trial.

We provide our clients with a relentlessly thorough legal defense, and we do that work in a compassionate, caring, respectful way. We creatively explore every strategic option to deliver the best possible outcome.

Call us for a free confidential consultation today!

Choosing our firm means that when you look back on it, you’ll know you did everything possible to bring about the best possible result for your case.

In Los Angeles County, The Baum Law Corp. routinely handles DUI cases in:
Airport Court (LAX), Alhambra, Antelope Valley (Lancaster), Antelope Valley Juvenile, Bellfower, Beverly Hills, Burbank, Catalina, Central Arraignment (Bauchet), Compton, Downtown Los Angeles (CCB), Downey, East Los Angeles, Eastlake Juvenile, El Monte, Glendale, Hollywood, Inglewood, Inglewood Juvenile, Long Beach, Malibu, Metropolitan (Hill Street), Newhall, Norwalk, Pasadena, Pomona, Torrance, San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita (Valencia), Van Nuys, West Covina, and Whittier.

Great Lawyer

I had the great opportunity to hire David Baum as a clerk in my law firm before he became a member of the California Bar. After passing the bar and going out on his own, David continued to work with me on cases and after 15 years has continued to demonstrate all that which a great lawyer does.

James Wohl   7/3/12

James Wohl


Intelligent, professional, kind, and resourceful

David was referred to me for a case which involved oil and mineral rights which were never transferred to me by the seller. He is a fantastic resource. David is approachable, down to earth, extremely intelligent, professional, kind, and resourceful. And he’s great when it comes to answering his own phone! Thanks for all your help David! I know who I’ll be going back to the next time I need legal assistance.

Marcie E.         5/2/13

Marcie E.


David has never let me down

David Baum has been my attorney for over 10 years and a great support for me as well. We’ve been in a variety legal situations (over a dozen ) that we’re unusually tough and he has never let me down. I continuing to call David and refer him for 10+ years I hope speaks loudly for itself. Lastly, I’ll mention I believe Dave effectiveness is due to his mediation skills as I’ve seen him navigate through nasty courts , DAs, and complex complaints to get what’s best for me. Dave’s honest, And a really great person. I’ll be calling him later today as we move past another matter and he Always Gets Back to me!

Glenn K.          1/15/19

Glenn K.


Dave is thoughtful, to the point, and most of all — effective! I was involved in a Lyft accident as a passenger and he handled the case for me. He knew the process well and secured a fair settlement. Not only that, but he was respectful during COVID to meet me outdoors and wear a mask when we needed to meet in person. Strong recommend for me!

Carter S.   3/4/21

Carter S.


Superb! Patience and partner-like approach

Dave is superb! Baum’s patience and partner-like approach with my 2 Lyft accident cases helped me receive both the comp and care I needed. All in a timely manner.  Also, Baum demonstrated respect for COVID through all of my proceedings during this unprecedented time. A phenomenal, respectful firm. Highly recommend.

Klay G. 3/6/21

Klay G.


Fantastic Job!

David  did a fantastic job representing me as a U.S. veteran. His research discovery skills proved in my favor. My wife and I highly recommend David Baum and his law firm.

Anthony E.       3/7/21

Anthony E.


The most intelligent, caring, attentive, and responsive professionals that I’ve ever met

David is one of the most intelligent, caring, attentive, and responsive professionals that I’ve ever met in this industry. You would be lucky to have the opportunity to do business with him.  My daughter who is in college, was in a bad contract with the residential management company who were also slumlords taking advantage of young college students. David researched and found the chinks in their armor which ultimately led to our victory. He was patient with us and communicated clearly and directly with the management company. He acted with integrity and in a few short months my daughter was relieved of over 90% of the financial responsibility. Her credit was restored and she is now free from the stress of debt and harassment by creditors. I highly recommend Baum Law. This will be a decision that you will look back on and be happy that you made!

Shauna M.  3/9/21

Shauna M.


Fair, Kind & Knowledgeable

I have used David’s legal services twice over the past 10 years. I can confidently say that David takes great pride in representing his clients, does his due diligence in thoroughly understanding the situation and making sure to address any and all concerns while using his extensive understanding of both the law and constitutional rights to put his clients in the best standing for the outcome of their case. David is unique in the sense that his motivations of his lawful pursuits are just and he is no ordinary lawyer wanting to run the clock to increase the money. David is fair, kind and knowledgeable, he makes himself available to answer questions and lets you know where you are at in the process to alleviate any unnecessary stress and anxiety. I would certainly recommend him to anyone looking for representation.

Tayler D.  2/10/24

Tayler D.


We are Eternally Grateful to the M***** Family for Referring You

We are writing to say a huge THANK YOU for your work in representing our son, Blake,
in the court appearance… We were not able to be there, but he was in he best of hands with you. You accomplished what we had hoped and prayed would be he outcome.

We are so thankful for our friend’s referral to you, since we do not have any
acquaintances in Los Angeles, and we were a total loss of what to do. We are eternally
grateful to the M***** Family for referring you.

Thank you again for your hard work and your dedication!

Skip & Sue Reisinger

Delivers Results

David delivers on his promises, works with his clients to assure success and is generous. David has been here as a business consultant and lawyer for the past few years. He is well polished, great at communication and delivers results. Thank you for all your help.
Hired more than once. Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity

Hersh D.

Instrumental in Reaching a Favorable Outcome

David was incredibly helpful in dealing with my case. He provided
exceptional legal services for a reasonable cost. He handled my case
aggressively and proactively and was instrumental in reaching a
favorable outcome. He was readily available to meet for court
preparation and was able to address any questions and concerns I had
throughout the proceedings. I would not hesitate to contact him should any
arise in the future.

Donovan Gilbuena


Thank You for Your Service to the Community

Although I do not know you, nor your firm, I wish to thank you, and all others working on the problems at Grand View….Sometimes it’s easy to forget that our work affects others . . . so, I wanted you to know that your efforts have impact on the lives of others.

Again, “Thank you!”

Robert B. Cushman

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