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DUI Felony Car Crash, Accident with Injuries

2nd DUI Offense, Accident with Injuries > Low Bail, No Jail

A health administrator, already on probation for a prior DUI, was driving with friends late at night and ran into a tree, and then into a car, leading to soft-tissue injuries to one friend’s ear. He was now facing serious charges: Felony DUI with Injuries (V.C. §23153), and up to a year in jail. The…Read More

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Cal State Student Drifts Across Lanes (.12% BAC)

Facts: College student observed drifting across lanes at 2:11 am. Strategy: Artz used expert knowledge of blood-alcohol science to prove that driver was less than .08% BAC when stopped, despite subsequent breath test results. Results: Client acquitted of all charges, wins back drivers license. Case dismissed. Court: Fullerton – Orange County Superior Court

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TV Producer Fails Breath Test at Van Nuys Checkpoint (0.09% BAC)

Facts: Young producer stopped at San Fernando Valley checkpoint, fails BAC test. Strategy: Prove that blood alcohol was below .08% at time of stop. Results: All DUI charges dismissed, BAC charge reduced “Exhibition of Speed.” Won back drivers license Court: Van Nuys – LA Superior Court

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Palisades College Student Squeals Tires at 3:15 a.m. (0.17% BAC)

Facts: Squeals tires turning onto PCH from Sunset. Blood alcohol exceeds age limit. Strategy: Take officer testimony at DMV, later show testimony is inconsistent. Results: DMV charge reduced to “Exhibition of Speed” (1 pt). Court: Airport – LA Superior Court

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Pasadena Pharmacist Speeding at 2:40 am (0.12% BAC)

Facts: Speeding (70 mph in 40 mph zone) on Colorado Blvd. Risk: Possible adverse consequences for client’s medical license. Strategy: Limit officer’s testimony, demonstrate that speed was safe for conditions, alleged BAC not possible based on body weight Results: Acquitted of all charges. Won back drivers license. No adverse impact to career. Court: Alhambra –…Read More

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Real Estate Broker Causes Injury Accident on PCH near Coral Canyon (.08% BAC)

Facts: Client strikes Sheriff’s vehicle, injures Sheriff’s Deputy, refuses prelim breath test. Charge: Felony DUI with injury to L.A. County Sheriff’s Deputy. Risk: Serious jail or prison time. Strategy: Demonstrate less than .08% BAC, testimony inconsistent. Results: Reduced to Misdemeanor (no injury)—no jail time. Won back drivers license. Court: Malibu – LA Superior Court

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Single Mom Drives Erratically in Westlake Village (.16% BAC)

Facts: Third DUI offense.  Erratic driving reported by civilian, not seen by Officer. Risk: Serious jail time if convicted. Strategy: Kept client off stand, showed that client was not driver (via independent witness). Results: Client found Not Guilty, acquitted of all charges. Wins back drivers license. Court: Ventura Superior Court

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Movie Producer Causes Traffic Accident on PCH at 2:15 am (0.09% BAC)

Facts:        Client causes multi-car crash near Malibu Canyon. Police smell marijuana. Strategy: Show that driver could be .08% at time of arrest, no evidence he had smoked. Results: All DUI charges dismissed. DMV charge reduced to “Exhibition of Speed” (1 pt). Won back drivers license. Court: Malibu – LA Superior Court

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Airline Pilot Causes Traffic Accident in West Covina at 1:00 am (.24% BAC)

Facts: Client in solo accident, witnessed by civilian neighbor, 3x legal blood alcohol limit. Risk: Client could lose pilot’s license and career. Strategy: Keep client off stand, show that defendant was not driver, impeach (discredit) testimony of arresting officer. Results: Acquitted of all charges, 12-0. Won back drivers license and pilot’s license. Court: West Covina…Read More

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Top Civil Attorney Caught Driving 92 mph at 2:00 am (0.17% BAC)

Facts: Prominent attorney caught speeding (40 mph over the 55 mph limit). Risk: DUI conviction could affect attorney license, trigger discipline by State Bar. Strategy: Subpoenaed CHP officer to DMV hearing, used DMV tape to discredit Officer’s testimony at trial. Also attacked blood test results, kept client off stand. Results: All DUI charges dismissed. DMV…Read More

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