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California and Los Angeles DUI Arrests Over New Year’s Eve 2009 Breaks All Records

The end of 2009 brought about a record number of California DUI arrests. This New Year’s Eve into the early morning hours of the first day of 2010 ended with 527 DUI arrests throughout California and a total of 6 DUI related deaths. The number of California DUI arrests rose by almost 100 over the number of DUI arrests one year ago.


This huge number is because of the increase in the number of DUI checkpoints and the extra emphasis on DUI arrests by California law enforcement.

Los Angeles DUI checkpoints that are still going on this weekend and will be used to enforce Los Angeles DUI laws include the following:

– On January 1, 2010 on Figueroa Street between 8th and 9th streets in downtown Los Angeles. This checkpoint will operate between 6:00 PM and 1:00 AM.

– On January 2, 2010 there will be a Los Angeles DUI checkpoint on Olympic Boulevard west of Cherry Avenue, between 7:00 PM and 12:30 AM.

These checkpoints will need to comply with very strict requirements in order for the ensuing DUI arrest to potentially lead to a DUI conviction. Otherwise, a top notch DUI defense firm will be able to find the defects in the Los Angeles DUI checkpoint and if those defects are fatal, the DUI case will have to be dismissed.

History has shown that Burbank DUI cases and Pasadena DUI cases as well as DUI cases from any other Southern California city may very well have false high blood alcohol levels.

As a former Los Angeles DUI prosecutor and now practicing and running a top rated Los Angeles and Southern California DUI defense firm, people often ask me if these DUI checkpoints are legal. There are two things that need to be evaluated when looking at a Los Angeles DUI checkpoint. It must be determined if the checkpoint complies with all of the requirements in order to legal. If it idoes, then the next evaluation is, whether the blood alcohol level or BAC as reported by the machine or other test result are accurate.

When you are arrested for a Los Angeles DUI and are told of the test results, you should not loose all hope. Even if the California DUI blood test or DUI breath test report that you are over the legal limit of 0.08% or above does not mean those results are true and accurate. There are a number of reasons why the BAC level may be inaccurate. Those include the following reasons:

The machine is not calibrated correctly – DUI machine error
The police may not follow the procedures requires by California DUI law – procedural errors
In the case of blood or urine tests there could be a error – contamination errors
There are other reasons why a person could have an inaccurately high blood alcohol level. Even if the police or prosecutor tell you that your BAC is over the legal limit, even if by a significant factor, it is always worth fighting.

I always tell people that as a former prosecutor you should always fight your Southern California DUI case. The experiences and skills of a former prosecutor that now practices Los Angeles DUI defense is priceless in helping your to fight your DUI case.

If you have been arrested for a DUI in Los Angeles or you are under investigation for driving under the influence in Southern California, please contact Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Michael Kraut for 24/7 assistance by phone at (323) 464-6453 or toll free at (888) 334-6344 or online.

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