Sherman Oaks, CA (PRWEB) July 21, 2011
A current drunk driving crackdown over Fourth of July weekend resulted in 902 arrests in Ventura and Los Angeles counties, in accordance to the California Highway Patrol.
Currently being arrested in the crackdown, nonetheless, does not imply those motorists have been convicted of any crime, says Southern California DUI defense lawyer Joshua Newstat.
“When a particular person is arrested for a DUI or any other offense, they want to understand that they have rights – and the foremost of people rights is the correct to be presumed innocent right up until established guilty by the prosecutor,” says Newstat, who practices in Ventura County with the Southern California DUI defense lawyers of Lessem & Newstat, LLP.
“In a lot of instances, the prosecution may possibly really be unable to meet its burden,” Newstat says. “That’s why it is critical to function with an knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer who will get a difficult appear at the prosecutor’s case and assess its strengths and weaknesses.”
Newstat pointed to current information in Ventura County that as numerous as 300 drunk driving arrests may have been tainted by faulty hand-held breathalyzer devices that were employed in between January and March of this yr.
In accordance to the Ventura County Star, although only two of the Alco-Sensor V devices gave erratic breath test final results, difficulties had been reported with eight of the gadgets. The newspaper, quoting county crime lab officials, stated the breathalyzer producer mentioned that all 128 gadgets purchased by the county had a design and style flaw that could effect results.
“If the breathalyzer check final results are faulty, then yes, I would contact that a severe weakness in the state’s situation,” Newstat says.
Jeremy Lessem, an knowledgeable Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer and co-founder of Lessem & Newstat, LLP, says that flawed breath test benefits may possibly cast doubt on the prosecution’s whole case, including the arresting officer’s testimony about area sobriety exams, driver habits and the odor of alcohol.
“A seasoned DUI defense attorney is going to leave no stone unturned,” Lessem says. “The attorney will understand what’s at stake for their clientele, such as the reduction of their driving privileges, car impoundment, fines and – in some cases – jail time, and they will operate hard to detect flaws in the state’s case.”
“Ventura County and Los Angeles County are aggressive when it comes to prosecuting DUI situations,” Newstat adds, “and people charged with DUI need to be aggressive about guarding their rights.”
About Lessem & Newstat, LLP
Lessem & Newstat, LLP, is a total services Southern California defense law firm concentrating in criminal law and civil litigation. The firm’s criminal defense attorneys signify clientele in issues that include DUI, DMV/targeted traffic offenses, hit and run, drug crimes, medical marijuana, domestic violence, theft, fraud, murder, violent crimes, firearm possession, white collar crimes, sex offenses, probation violations, expungement, elder abuse and mental wellness law. The firm also handles business, individual injury, civil rights, police brutality and items liability cases.
Lessem & Newstat’s main offices are located in Sherman Oaks and Ventura, California, and the company serves communities all through Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, like San Fernando, Ventura, Pasadena, Burbank, Glendale, Van Nuys, the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Sylmar, Lancaster, Santa Clarita, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Malibu, Santa Monica, Venice, Airport Courthouse, Compton, Pomona, Inglewood, Simi Valley, Oxnard, Westlake, Thousand Oaks, Santa Paula, Fillmore, Ojai, Camarillo and Port Hueneme.
To discover far more about Lessem & Newstat, LLP, contact the firm at (800) 295-1054 or use its hassle-free on the internet form.
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