Have You Been Arrested for DUI in Long Beach or The Greater Los Angeles?

Posted by George L. FernandezFeb 18, 20210 Comments

Our Long Beach DUI defense attorneys fight driving under the influence cases all over the South Bay, including Lakewood, Signal Hill, San Pedro, and Rancho Palos Verdes. We enjoy great success in getting our clients' cases dismissed or reduced to significantly lesser charges. And if you wish it, we can always take your case all the way to trial.

Do not wait to call The Law Offices of George L. Fernandez at (562) 495-7900 for a free consultation with a South Bay drunk driving lawyer, and you can visit us at: 100 Oceangate Suite 1200 Long Beach, CA 90802 

Most people arrested for DUI in Long Beach are charged with the misdemeanors Vehicle Code 23152(a), and Vehicle Code 23152(b)

Long Beach DUI cases usually last several months before the case is finally dismissed or closed. It is annoying but also advantageous because it allows us ample time to craft as foolproof a defense as possible to present to the prosecutors during negotiations.

Long Beach DUI Penalties & Sentencing

Typical penalties for pleading to a California misdemeanor DUI (Vehicle Code 23152(a) and Vehicle Code 23152(b)) include the following:

  • Fines which may exceed $1,000
  • Three or more years of probation
  • A six month driver's license suspension (though we are usually able to secure a restricted license that allows driving to and from work, and you should be able to continue driving without restrictions if you agree to get an ignition interlock device installed)
  • Three to nine months of California DUI School (see below)
  • Two days to six months in jail, which is almost always suspendable

A second or third DUI obviously has harsher penalties: Fatter fines, longer DUI School programs, mandatory jail time, etc. In addition, the judge may require that you install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle. (An ignition interlock device is a breathalyzer that prevents the engine from starting if the driver's BAC level is too high.)

Long Beach Jail & Courthouse Information

If you are arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence, the police will likely book you at the Long Beach Jail:

Long Beach Jail
400 West Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 570-7260

The police then report the arrest either to the Long Beach City Prosecutor or, in the case of a felony, to the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office. If they decide to prosecute, your case will be heard in one of several departments in the Long Beach Courthouse. (If you plead to DUI, the courtroom clerk will give you information about local DUI Schools.)

Long Beach Courthouse
415 West Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 491-6226

Meanwhile, minors arrested for driving under the influence in Long Beach may be detained at the Eastlake Juvenile Hall and have their cases heard in Eastlake Juvenile Court:

Eastlake Juvenile Hall
1605 Eastlake Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(323) 226-8611

Long Beach DUI Schools

If you plead to or are convicted of misdemeanor DUI in Long Beach, you will definitely be required to complete California DUI School as part of your sentence. Judges typically assign three-month programs for a first DUI, but a third-time offender may be ordered to complete thirty months.

Some Long Beach DUI Schools are:

High Gain Foundation
Programs: First Offender; Eighteen-month; Thirty-month
315-A East 11th Street
Long Beach, CA 90813
(562) 436-9801

Safety Consultants Services, Inc.
Programs: First Offender; Eighteen-month; Thirty-month
5518 North Long Beach Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90805
(562) 428-6426

W & G Enterprises, Inc.
Programs: First Offender
1355 Redondo Ave. Suite 3
Long Beach, CA 90804
(562) 986-5046