Question: Van Nuys DUI, 23152, and the M is checked off on the citation. Also charged with driving without a license, 12500, also has an M checked off. Will the charges combine to make a worse penalty? And what is the “M” circled for?

Answer: The circled “M” on the citation stands for misdemeanor. Meaning, they are charging both offenses as misdemeanors. It is possible that the consequences for each charge will combine to increase the total penalties. I have had success entering good plea deals to get charges thrown out in cases where there is more than one charge (such as yours). Call me to discuss in further detail. My office is in Sherman Oaks, right down the street from Van Nuys Court.


Phil Hache
DUI & Criminal Defense Attorney
Handling DUI and Criminal matters throughout Courts in Southern California including Van Nuys, San Fernando, Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena, Metro, Bellflower, Alhambra, Malibu, Compton, Inglewood and other Courts.
Office in Sherman Oaks