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Drivers found guilty of a Los Angeles DUI offense may have to get an interlock ignition device (ILL) installed in their vehicles. While the equipment will prevent them from driving under the influence, having this device wired into their cars can be embarrassing not only for the driver but also for family members, when they have to explain it to their friends, their dates or even their bosses.breath-test-los-angeles-dui

So what can these drivers tell their passengers? The Minnesota Department of Public Safety has produced two tongue-in-cheek videos featuring a man who comes up with some pretty creative and unusual excuses for why he is breathing into the device:

• “This raises the antenna.”
• “It helps blow up the tires.”
• “It’s satellite radio–a new one. No one knows the brand.”
• “Recycling oxygen–you know, for the environment.”
• “It’s a secret spy device.”
• “It’s my herbal medicine delivery device.”
• “It’s a lip balm.”
• “It’s an old-fashioned cell phone.”
• “My mom made it for me–a homemade CB radio.”

Of course, there really isn’t anything amusing about having to put an interlock ignition device into a vehicle. For one thing, they’re expensive, costing from $75 to $150 for installation and $60 to $80 a month to operate and calibrate.
People charged with DUI who live in Alameda, Los Angeles, Sacramento and Tulare Counties know this first hand, because under a pilot state program they must install ILLs if they’re convicted of the offense. But drivers in other Golden State counties may not be off the hook for long. California State Senator Jerry Hill is working with Mothers Against Drunk Driving and law enforcement officials on a bill that would extend that requirement statewide.

To respond effectively to your charges, call a qualified Los Angeles DUI lawyer with the Kraut Criminal & DUI Lawyers today to schedule a free consultation.

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Lycia-Martinez-school-bus-duiIt’s obviously dumb, dangerous, and illegal to drive under the influence in Los Angeles, under any conditions. But it’s particularly dumb, dangerous and illegal to drive DUI with kids in your vehicle – especially if you are a professional bus driver.

39-year-old Lycia Martinez faces very intense charges, after she allegedly drove DUI in Utah with 67 elementary school kids on her bus. Per reports, the Salt Lake City bus driver apparently took antianxiety drugs as well as muscle relaxers — Utah Highway Patrol apparently found these pills in her purse — and nearly struck a car on a busy freeway with the elementary school kids in tow. A motorist called 911 and reported “she can’t stay in the lanes, she is crossing the double lines, and the adults are getting scared … oh my hell … I don’t get scared very easily, but my heart is pounding.”

Police later stopped the bus on Interstate 15, nearly 40 miles from its location. Blaine Robins of the Utah Highway Patrol said “we really dodged a bullet.” The bus had been traveling on a major five lane highway, and the situation could have easily sparked an awful and fatal crash. Chris Williams, a spokesperson for the local school district reflected: “talk about precious cargo… we are very fortunate nothing happened, not only with the students on the bus but with other drivers on the road.”

Drug DUI, like an alcohol DUI, can lead to punishments ranging from serious jail time (particularly if you hurt anyone), forced alcohol school, license suspension, and other indirect consequences, such as higher insurance rates and the loss of your job.

Driving DUI with a minor in your car (under 14 years old) can be charged as an additional crime, meaning that you could get more jail time and other penalties. If you or someone you care about faces such charges, contact an experienced former city prosecutor at the Kraut Criminal & DUI Lawyers today to talk to a qualified Los Angeles DUI defense attorney about your possible next steps.

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You’ve already retained an attorney for a DUI in Los Angeles charge, and you’re hoping that your first few uncomfortable experiences with the attorney (or his or her law firm) were just a hiccup.Red-Flag-DUI-lawyer-los-angeles

But you’re not so sure.

No lawyer is perfect. Your case might just be very hard to manage. That is, the police may have such compelling evidence against you that your best-case prognosis would still be pretty grim. For instance, maybe you hit another car and then later tested to have a BAC of 0.20% – two and half times the CA DUI limit. In addition to the DUI, you also have a hit and run charge and a charge of resisting arrest. So if you expect that your charges will be dismissed entirely, your goals may be too aggressive for any lawyer to meet.

On the other hand, the following 3 “red flags” might indicate that something is wrong with the relationship with your lawyer and that something needs to change:

1. The law firm is super, super slow getting back to you.

Every time you call the office, you speak to a different person who needs to be reminded about the particulars of your matter from the ground up.

2. You just “get a bad vibe” every time when you talk to your attorney.

You can’t exactly put your finger on what’s wrong. But our intuitions are often able to pick up on information that our conscious minds miss. As the expression says, “trust your gut.” If you sense something is odd, try to articulate what’s wrong by writing it down.

3. You’ve spoken to another Los Angeles DUI lawyer about your situation, and he or she has been appalled by what your current attorney is doing.

If you want a second opinion, please connect with Harvard Law School educated Los Angeles DUI lawyer, Michael Kraut of the Kraut Criminal & DUI Lawyers. Mr. Kraut is an ex-prosecutor – he achieved a level of Senior Deputy District Attorney before changing career directions and representing criminal defendants.

One of the reasons why so many defendants like working with Mr. Kraut is that he is an excellent communicator. He answers his clients’ questions, when they need help. He customizes the defense experience, and he’s passionately devoted to helping his clients achieve not just excellent results but also peace of mind. Free yourself from the frustration and uncertainty: get a second opinion from the Kraut Criminal & DUI Lawyers.

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