DUI Court Cases won by Los Angeles DUI Lawyer Jon Artz
True stories of Californians that DUI Lawyer Jon Bryant Artz kept driving and out of jail.
Malibu truck rollover crash on Mulholland Drive
A young man was leaving a private club in Malibu when he rolled his truck and hit a wall on Mulholland Drive. The man was airlifted to a nearby hospital, where a PAS breath test and blood test were taken — almost two hours after the solo accident had occurred. The man’s BAC levels (.11% and .14%, respectively) were above the limit of .08%.
Needless to say, these were “terrible facts” for a Los Angeles DUI case, and the cards were stacked against him.
Los Angeles DUI Attorney Jon Artz subpoenaed the Fire Department paramedic and the CHP cop who had arrived on the scene 20 minutes and 40 minutes (respectively) after the accident. He also subpoenaed the bartender at the private golf club. Jon Artz interviewed them at three separate DMV hearings.
Jon Artz provided the DA’s office with transcripts from the DMV hearing in an attempt to settle the case. However, the prosecution was unwilling to negotiate the case reasonably, offering a “Wet Reckless.” Then in a subsequent DMV hearing the CHP officer changed his story regarding certain facts. At the time of trial, Jon Artz refused to show that most recent transcript to the DA because it included impeachment evidence — i.e., it would have revealed his strategy for discrediting the officer’s testimony — and the judge agreed that it need not be disclosed. Jon Artz also filed a motion to suppress the blood test results, per Supreme Court cases Schmerber and McNeeley, and hired an expert to talk about his client’s blood alcohol levels being much less than .08% at the time of the driving. Mr Artz was going to use the “rising blood alcohol defense.”
Because of the facts that Los Angeles DUI defense attorney Jon Artz was able to develop on behalf of his client (including the humorous “staggered gait” dialogue included below), Artz pushed for immediate trial, but informed the prosecution that his client was willing to accept a reduced 1-point “Exhibition of Speed” charge,VC 23109(b), instead of an actual DUI charge. The Deputy DA went to his supervisor, and they agreed to the dramatically reduced charge. (Prosecutors don’t like when there is impeachment evidence against an arresting officer!)
Jon Artz’ client was ecstatic.
Hilarious exchange with CHP Cop
The CHP officer’s original report listed “staggered gait” (stumbling while walking) as evidence of the defendant’s alcohol impairment, yet the officer only observed the driver on an ambulance gurney, and later at the hospital. This is the conversation between DUI lawyer Jon Artz and the CHP officer.
Artz: You claim there was staggered gait in your sworn statement, right?
Artz: You never saw him walking, right?
Artz: Can you tell me what the staggered gait was?
CHP: (hems and haws, then finally) Well, it was the way he was moving his feet around in the bed.
Artz: (long pause) Was that before, or after, he was being shot up with pain medications? (LOL)
West Covina Nurse DUI with 0.15% Blood Alcohol
A young nurse was arrested in West Covina, CA for Driving Under the Influence (DUI). A preliminary alcohol screening test showed her blood alcohol content (BAC) level at .15%, .15%. The nurse allegedly refused to take a chemical test at the sheriff’s station. As one of the most skills DUI lawyers in Los Angeles, Jon Artz knew just what to do. He subpoenaed the officer to the DMV, and was able to get the officer to admit that, only after the breath test result showed “insufficient sampling” did he ask her if she would take a blood test. The DMV held in favor of the nurse (licensee) and the nurse’s driver’s license suspension was set aside. Jon Artz used the DMV tape of the officer to erode the prosecution’s case, including the officer’s credibility, and settled the DUI case for a reduced charge of reckless driving with a $90 fine.
Its cases like this that set Jon Artz apart from other DUI attorneys in Los Angeles.
Young Entrepreneur DUI (Cocaine) with 0.15% Blood Alcohol
A successful entrepreneur was arrested in Newport Beach for possession of cocaine, and charged with DUI. A blood test showed .15% blood alcohol level. After filing motions and working with the client for rehabilitation and recovery, the court dismissed the “possession of cocaine” felony charge and the charge of intoxication. As the client’s DUI attorney, Jon Artz was able to plead the client to a single misdemeanor reduced charge. The client got his driver’s license back because Jon won the DMV hearing.
Businessman Caught on Cell Phone with Two Suspended-License Priors
A successful businessman was referred to Jon’s office by his civil attorney. He had two prior charges in the LAX Airport court of driving on a suspended license, one from Santa Monica in Department 147 and one from LAPD in Department 141 (in which he had bench warranted). Los Angeles DUI lawyer Jon Artz developed a strategy, filed proof of declaration, and notified the courts that his client had a license from another state, resulting in both cases being terminated with infractions. The Santa Monica case was reduced to a cell phone violation (the underlying citation) and the LAPD case was reduced to an infraction of having no license in his possession.
Refused blood test – 2 prior DUI convictions
A client was arrested for felony DUI, and the DMV alleged that he refused to submit to a blood alcohol test. He was taken to the police station where two Sheriffs had the client take a breath test, which came back with “insufficient results.” The first Deputy Sheriff alleged the client then refused a blood test. Jon Artz subpoenaed the second Deputy Sheriff to the DMV hearing and was able to prove from the second Deputy’s testimony that the client did not refuse the chemical test. Due to his mastery of cross-examination techniques, Jon Artz was able to save his client from a 3-year revocation of his license – despite the fact that the client had two prior DUI convictions!
|B.C.||Alhambra – LA Superior Court||Speeding (60 mph in a 35 zone) at 2:40 a.m.Blood test = .13%||Not Guilty of DUI and Not Guilty of driving with a BAC of .08% or higher. Case Dismissed|
|R.F||Metropolitan – LA Superior Court||Speeding (92 mph in a 55 zone) at 2 a.m. Blood test = .17%||1 point exhibition of speed after CHP testimony was impeached by DMV tape. No DUI conditions|
|C.C.||Fullerton – Orange County Superior Court||Drifting across lanes at 2:11 a.m. .12% PAS test. =, .11% Breath test.||Not Guilty of DUI, Not Guilty of driving with a bac of .08% or higher Case Dismissed|
|D.M.||West Covina – LA Superior Court||Traffic Accident Blood test = .24%||Not Guilty of DUI, Not Guilty of driving with a bac of .08% or higher Case DismissedDMV victory.|
|J.P.||Ventura – Superior Court||Erratic Driving (nearly missing the road median). .26% blood test.||Not Guilty of DUI, Not Guilty of driving with a BAC of .08% or higher. AcquittedDMV Suspension Set Aside|
|S.H.||Ventura – Superior Court||.16% blood test||Not Guilty of DUI, Not Guilty of driving with a BAC of .08% or higher. AcquittedDMV Victory|
|T.B.||Malibu – LA Superior Court||Traffic Accident, Marijuana Suspicion. .09% blood test.||Reduced to V.C. 23109(c), Exhibition of Speed. DMV Victory.|
|C.B.||Airport – LA Superior Court||Car squealed as it turned onto PCH from Sunset at 3:15 am. .09% breath test.||Reduced to V.C. 23109(c), exhibition of speed.|
|B.M||Alhambra – LA Superior Court||Speeding. .12% PAS test. Refused Blood test.||Case DismissedDMV Victory|
|J.L.||Malibu – LA Superior Court||Felony DUI with injury to a LA County Sheriff’s Officer. Refused PAS Test. .08% blood test.||Reduced to Misdemeanor V.C. 23152(b). No Jail time. No Loss of License.|
|K.L.||Van Nuys – LA Superior Court||Checkpoint Stop. Failed FST. .09%, .08% breath tests.||1 point exhibition of speed. No DUI conditionsDMV Victory|
|P.P.||Beverly Hills – LA Superior Court||Felony DUI with accident causing serious physical injuries. .38% blood test = .38% + showed Cocaine.||Reduced to Misdemeanor V.C. 23152(b). No Jail time.|
|J.S.||Santa Barbara – Superior Court||Hit-and-Run.||Case Dismissed|
|R.P.||Van Nuys – LA Superior Court||Cell phone use while driving and .08%, PAS test and breath test.||Reduced to non-moving cell phone violation with a $20 fine.|
|S.C.||Airport – LA Superior Court||Stop for tinted window at 3:15 am. .09% breath test.||1 point exhibition of speed|
|M.A.||Metropolitan – LA Superior Court||Drifting across lanes at 3am. .09% PAS test, .08%/.08% breath test. Prior Conviction for DUI + Other Criminal History||Reduced to exhibition of speed. No Alcohol Program.|
|T.L.||Airport – LA Superior Court||Speeding and Weaving. .09% PAS test, .09% blood test.||Not Guilty of DUI, Not Guilty of driving with BAC of .08 or higher. Case Dismissed. DMV Victory.|
|J.K.||San Luis Obispo – Superior Court||Bad Driving. .20% PAS test. .19%, .18% breath test. Prior Convictions.||Prior Convictions declared unconstitutional. “Helmandollar” Acquittal. Set Aside DMV Suspension.|
|S.K.||Airport – LA Superior Court||Weaving at 4:17am. .10%, .09% PAS test. .09%, .10% breath test.||Reduced to 1 point exhibition of speed.|
|C.K.||Metropolitan – LA Superior Court||Erratic Driving. .08%, .09% PAS test. .09%, .10% breath test.||Reduced to 1 point exhibition of speed. No Alcohol program.|
|B.M.||San Fernando – LA Superior Court||Hit-and-Run and Driving on a Suspended License||Reduced to infraction: driving without a license (a no-point violation)|
|C.B.||Van Nuys – LA Superior Court||Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance and DUI||Demurrer Granted, Felony Possession and DUI Dismissed|
|M.D.||Metropolitan – LA Superior Court||Bad Driving at 1:45am, PAS test = .09%, .09% Breath test = .09%, .09%||Reduced to Exhibition of speed|
|S.H.||Airport – LA Superior Court||Felony DUI (3 Prior DUI Convictions)||Case Dismissed|
|N.D.||Van Nuys – LA Superior Court||Speeding and weaving between lanes. .09% PAS test. .08%, .10% breath test.||Reduced to Exhibition of speed|