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Law Offices of Loren M. Merlin

5455 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 709

Los Angeles, California 90036

Phone(323) 634-9500

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At the Law Offices of Loren M. Merlin located in Los Angeles, California serves clients in DUI and criminal defense. The firm gives free initial consultation to help you give helpful information about your case.



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 What Makes a DUI a Felony?

The majority of DUIs are misdemeanors; however, under certain circumstances even a first DUI offense can be prosecuted as a felony offense. A felony DUI can involve a lengthy prison sentence for the accused. If this is your first brush with the wrong side of the law, you are probably very nervous about what the future will bring. First off, the majority of DUIs in California are prosecuted as misdemeanor offenses.

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 The Consequences of Vehicular Manslaughter while Intoxicated

A couple of drinks with dinner can subsequently lead to a fatal drunk driving accident. Vehicular manslaughter is a ďwobblerĒ in the state of California, meaning it can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony offense. Itís very normal to enjoy a couple of drinks during an evening out on the town or while enjoying dinner with your spouse or a couple of friends.

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 California DUI Basics

California drivers are strictly prohibited from operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or greater. The minimum threshold is even less for commercial drivers and drivers under the age of 21. Itís a good idea for all California drivers to become familiar with their stateís local laws as it pertains to drunk driving. In California and all across the nation it is unlawful to operate a motor vehicle with blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or more.

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 How a DUI Can Affect Your Driving Privileges

In the state of California, drivers can be arrested for driving under the influence of drugs. Arrests do not restricted to illegal street drugs; even perfectly legal prescribed medications can get you into serious trouble with the law. We are all familiar with a DUI as it pertains to alcohol; however, many of us are not so familiar with a DUID, otherwise known as driving under the influence of drugs.

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 Under 21 DUI: What to Expect

Itís against the law for anyone to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or greater in all fifty states. The DUI penalties for an underage driver are more significant. In the state of California itís against the law for a driver to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or greater. For drivers below the age of 21, that number is far lower at just .01% under Californiaís ďZero Tolerance Law.Ē

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 Auto Insurance After a DUI Conviction

DUI is one of the most common offenses that people are arrested for. Often times, they donít know how a DUI conviction will affect their insurance rates. If you have recently been arrested for DUI, then you are probably very curious about how a conviction would affect your auto insurance premiums. One thing to keep in mind is that if you havenít been convicted yet, a DUI attorney can make all the difference in the outcome of your case, possible avoiding a conviction altogether.

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 The Importance of a DMV Hearing

A driver has just 10 days to schedule a DMV hearing upon a DUI arrest. This hearing is essential if the driver wishes to retain their driving privileges after being arrested for drinking and driving.

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 Legal Penalties for Minor in Possession of Alcohol

It is against the law for a person under the age of 21 to consume any amount of alcohol. If they are caught breaking this law they can be criminally prosecuted.

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 Mandatory Ignition Interlock Devices for Los Angeles County DUI Offenders

Assembly Bill No. 91 has established a pilot program in Los Angeles County that requires a person to install an ignition interlock device for a specified period of time in order to receive a restricted driverís license or to have his or her license reinstated following a DUI-related suspension or revocation.

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