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.