Penalty for Speeding and DUI charges

Penalty for Speeding and DUI charges

Question:  I was pulled over the other night and now I have speeding and DUI charges.  I was pulled over on 405 in Van Nuys by the California Highway Patrol.  It was about 2 am in the morning when I was pulled over.  I pulled over right away and was cooperative with the officer that pulled me over.

What is penalty for these charges?  I know on some tickets they can just be paid but not sure if this one can be.  Do I have to go to court on this one?  The officer said I did, but not sure if what he told me is accurate.

Answer:  There are too many questions I have about your case before I can answer it.  I will address your questions to an extent, but this is something we should discuss further so I can give a more specific assessment of your case.

In regards to penalty, is this a 1st DUI, 2nd DUI, 3rd DUI…?  I assume it is a first offense DUI based on your inquiry, but would need clarification on that.  Additionally, are you on probation for anything?

In regards to the speeding charge, how fast did they say you were going? If you are convicted of going 30 mph over the speed limit and convicted of a DUI (at the same time), there is an enhancement that would add mandatory jail time on top of any penalty for the DUI alone.

As far as going to court, misdemeanor and felony charges have required court appearances.  On most misdemeanor charges, a privately retained attorney such as myself can appear at court representing you without you needing to attend court based on PC 977 authority.


Call me at 818-336-1384 to discuss your situation further.  I have handled many DUI cases in Van Nuys with very good results and would be happy to represent you in defending your case.

I look forward to speaking to you about this case.

Phil Hache,

Criminal Defense & DUI Attorney
Handling DUI and Criminal matters throughout Courts in Southern California including Van Nuys, CA, San Fernando, CA, Burbank, CA Glendale, CA Pasadena, CA Metropolitan Court, Bellflower, CA, Alhambra, CA, Compton, CA, Santa Clarita, CA, Airport Court, Inglewood, CA, Los Angeles, CA and other Courts.