Question: Can I represent myself for a DUI charge in Van Nuys? I am charged with misdemeanors 23152(a) and 23152(b) based on what the ticket I have says. I only have speeding tickets and I did not hurt anybody and it was a .09 blood alcohol level. Nobody was in the car with me when I was pulled over. The last speeding ticket I got that I mentioned earlier was in 2005 and I don’t even think it is on my DMV record anymore.
What will happen if I decide to represent myself at Court?
Answer: A misdemeanor Vehicle Code 23152 DUI is a serious offense. I recommend hiring a DUI Attorney as the penalties can be severe, and even include jail time ,very large fines, driver’s license suspension, Interlock Device Requirement, Community Labor, Community service, probation, AA meetings, Alcohol program, etc. A good DUI attorney can help mitigate, reduce or completely avoid some or all of the potential penalties.
Was there a car accident involved? Although your BAC level is over the legal limit, it is just over. I have been very successful in getting DUI 23152 charges dismissed with BAC levels at .09. Call me for a free consultation to discuss your case in more detail.
If you decide to represent yourself, the Judge will give you an admonishment of sorts, and let you know that it is not a good idea to represent yourself in court, generally speaking. Throughout the case you will be at a disadvantage unless you are familiar with Court procedure, and more importantly, the complexities of DUI defense.
One other thing to keep in mind is that if you or your DUI Lawyer does not request a DMV Admin Per se hearing within 10 days of your arrest, your license will automatically be suspended after your initial 30 day temporary license expires.