We are a full-service criminal defense law firm with a particular emphasis on DUI defense and traffic-related incidents. Below you’ll find a few of the common reasons we see people coming into our office. If you’ve been charged with a crime in the Long Beach area, our team can help.
Long Beach DUI Charges
Representing individuals arrested for Driving Under the Influence makes up the majority of our law practice. Our lawyers represent people in state court and before the Administrative Driver License Revocation Office (ADLRO) to help them retrieve their suspended license and avoid serious criminal penalties. See our DUI offenses page for more information.
Excessive speed is defined as either driving 30 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit or driving 80 miles per hour or more regardless of the speed limit. Persons convicted of excessive speeding face suspension or revocation of their license from 30 days to one year and fines from $500 to $1,000, depending upon whether it is their first, second, third, or greater offense. Perhaps even more significant is the fact that a conviction for excessive speed appears on your record as a criminal conviction, whereas a citation for a regular speeding ticket does not. Even if you have been charged with excessive speeding, it is sometimes possible to have the actual violation lowered to a regular speeding ticket.
The rules for commercial driver's licenses are even stricter. A commercial driver can be cited for excessive speeding for driving fifteen miles per hour or more above the posted speed limit. Two such convictions disqualify the driver from driving a commercial motor vehicle for at least sixty days; three convictions in a three-year period equals a 120-day disqualification.
Generally speaking, misdemeanors are punishable by fines or imprisonment of less than one year. Certain behavior which is punishable by fine is not considered a crime at all but is more properly classified as an infraction. For instance, a regular speeding ticket will not result in a criminal conviction. Even having misdemeanors on your record can impact your ability to gain employment and enjoy other civil benefits.
Felonies are generally punishable by imprisonment of more than one year, although this does not mean that the conviction of a felony will automatically result in imprisonment of more than one year. Punishment could still be a prison sentence of less than one year or a fine, deferred sentencing, probation, or other alternatives.
Individuals convicted of felonies lose their right to vote during incarceration. The loss of or infringement on rights, privileges, and civil liberties suffered by convicted felons can be severe and hamper the individual's ability to resume a normal life. Contact our law firm and ensure your rights are well represented.