Los Angeles DUI Defense Lawyer

If you are facing criminal or DUI charges, it is crucial to hire an experienced Los Angeles criminal defense attorney to represent you. Having expert representation can make the difference between going to jail and getting your case dismissed.

At Chudnovsky Law, our Los Angeles criminal lawyers, Los Angeles DUI attorneys and professional license defense attorneys are respected former prosecutors. They are known by judges, prosecutors and licensing boards as honest, highly skilled attorneys that work tirelessly to win your case.

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Highly experienced Los Angeles criminal defense lawyers

Dealing with a criminal arrest, DUI or police investigation can be stressful. Conviction can have a devastating effect on your life, your license and your career. Our compassionate attorneys understand the stakes and know how to build a successful defense.

As experienced former prosecutors, we know the inner workings of the criminal justice system. We understand what prosecutors are thinking, what their undisclosed policies are and how to protect you at every step. Our criminal attorneys have unparalleled experience handling over 8,000 felony and misdemeanor cases and jury trials.

We fight to get the best outcome possible

Even if you think the facts are against you, the burden of proof is on the prosecutor. There are many ways we can resolve your case. While we relish court battles, the key goal is to secure the most favorable outcome possible for you. That can come via a case dismissal, a carefully negotiated plea deal or acquittal in a hard-fought trial.

If you are looking for expert criminal defense and compassionate lawyers laser-focused on protecting you, call (213) 212-5002 for a Free consultation. We offer experience and dedication to resolving your case, affordable fees and flexible payment plans.

Protect Your Freedom

Former DA, top rated lawyers with 75+ years of experience

When facing a criminal charge, you need a top Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer with experience and proven legal skills by your side. It is essential to have an attorney that will work quickly and confidently to protect you and present your side of the story.

We understand the stress and high stakes you’re dealing with. When you entrust us with your defense, we feel the full weight of responsibility and will work vigorously to secure the best possible outcome for you.

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The stakes are high in criminal cases

Being convicted of a criminal offense can affect many aspects of your life including your ability to work, to vote, to have a driver’s license or own a firearm. California defendants are subject to the “Three Strikes” sentencing law which can dramatically increase the prison term for multiple convictions. Originally enacted in 1994, the law was amended in 2012 to require that any third strike offender convicted of a serious or violent felony receive a state prison sentence of 25 years to life.

Chudnovsky Law is dedicated to securing the best possible outcome in your case and will employ every resource we have to fight for you in the criminal justice system. Tsion Chudnovsky, Robert Weinberg and Suzanne Crouts are highly skilled criminal defense attorneys in Los Angeles with experience handling all criminal offenses, including:

  • Misdemeanor. These are crimes punishable by up to 364 day jail sentences and fines typically not exceeding $2,000. Misdemeanor offense examples include: battery, disorderly conduct, domestic violence, drug possession, drunk in public, DUI, indecent exposure, juvenile crimes, petty theft, shoplifting and vandalism.
  • Felony. These are the most serious offenses with potential prison sentences of 1 year to life in prison or even the death penalty. Fines can vary widely into the thousands of dollars. Felony offenses can include: burglary, domestic violence, drug crimes, DUI with great bodily injury, embezzlement, federal crimes, grand theft, homicide, insider trading, manslaughter, robbery, sex crimes, violent crimes and white collar crimes.
  • Wobbler. These are crimes that can be punished as either a misdemeanor or felony offense. Prosecutors make the filing determination based on the facts of the case, prior convictions and presence of aggravating factors. Common wobbler offenses include: assault with a deadly weapon, burglary, child endangerment, child pornography, criminal threats, DUI with injury, forgery, grand theft, hit and run, lewd acts with a minor, sexual battery, spousal battery, stalking, statutory rape and vehicular manslaughter.
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Noncitizen immigrant criminal defense

Permanent residents, green card holders, visa holders and all non-U.S. citizens can be subject to serious immigration consequences for DUI and criminal charges. Under U.S. immigration law, many crimes can cause deportation for noncitizens no matter how long they have been in the United States.

Tsion Chudnovsky is a Los Angeles criminal immigration lawyer with extensive experience representing non-U.S. citizens charged with crimes. She is a recognized authority in the intersection of criminal and immigration laws and knows how to protect your future from the immigration effects of arrests, DUI and criminal convictions.

In 2016 California enacted PC § 1016.2 and PC § 1016.3 which require that prosecutors consider immigration consequences when resolving criminal cases. To learn about how how we use these laws to protect noncitizens, contact us for a free consultation.

Professional license criminal defense

Medical doctor, nursing, dental, chiropractic and all professional license holders face significant risks from criminal investigations and charges. Convictions and even mere allegations can trigger licensing board investigations that can ruin your career.

Attorney Robert K. Weinberg is both a Los Angeles professional license defense attorney and criminal defense attorney with extensive experience representing licensed healthcare professionals in criminal matters and licensing board investigation defense. He is adept at managing the complex intersection of state and federal criminal and licensing laws – all with the goal of protecting your life and career from accusations.

Mr. Weinberg provides effective representation to all healthcare licensees, including these specialties:

Mr. Weinberg handles all state and federal professional license criminal defense matters including: Los Angeles nurse DUI defense, medical doctor DUI defense, pharmacist criminal defense, nurse criminal defense, doctor criminal defense, federal DEA physician registrant investigation, chiropractic license defense, pharmacist DUI, dental license defense, dentist DUI defense, chiropractor criminal defense, and medical license criminal defense.

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Los Angeles DUI lawyer

Getting arrested for DUI in Los Angeles is one of the most common criminal charges our clients face. This is because LA courts process over 26,800 DUI arrests per year, or 20% of California’s 130,000 arrests for the entire state.

Challenging a DUI almost always makes more sense than just pleading guilty. Even a simple first offense DUI in California can risk your driver’s license and have a major impact on your personal and professional life. California has strict DUI penalties that you need to be aware of and there are collateral consequences that can affect you for years.

We work to get charges dropped or reduced and save your license

Drunk driving is a charge our law offices have extensive experience fighting. As former prosecutors, we understand how a District Attorney will approach building their case, where the weaknesses are, and what they need to see to agree to dismiss or reduce the charge. We have successfully handled 1000’s of DUI cases. (See recent DUI results)

Typically we first attempt to get your DUI dismissed on technical or evidentiary grounds. DUI charges can be challenged by an expert DUI defense lawyer using arguments, objections or legal motions that may have nothing to do with whether you were actually over the legal blood alcohol BAC limit.

If the charges cannot be dropped, your lawyer will then negotiate lowering the charge and/or penalties you face. We usually secure the best outcome without going to trial. But if the DA is unreasonable, there are instances when a trial may be advisable. Our experienced trial attorneys are able to skillfully defend you in any scenario.

We can usually make all court appearances for you

Usually our Los Angeles drunk driving defense lawyers can make all court and DMV admin per se hearing appearances in your place – especially for misdemeanor charges. This can save you and your loved ones the hassle and disruption of having to go to court.

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Types of DUI cases we handle

With over 65 years of experience handling thousands of felony and misdemeanor cases, our DUI defense attorneys have the expertise to handle all Los Angeles DUI cases:

  • First, 2nd or 3rd misdemeanor DUI
  • Felony DUI
  • DUI with injury
  • Driving under the influence of drugs
  • Commercial DUI
  • Driving without a license
  • Hit and run
  • DUI involved accidents with property damage
  • Foreign citizen DUI with immigration issues
  • Vehicular manslaughter and “Watson murder” cases
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DUI with injury defense attorney in Los Angeles, CA

Under California law, consequences increase substantially when DUI is the cause of an accident with injury. It is key to hire a Los Angeles DUI with injury defense lawyer experienced in fighting these tough cases.

California Vehicle Code 23152(a) and 23152(b) call for increasing the charge from misdemeanor DUI to felony DUI when injuries occurs. LA district attorneys usually file all DUI injury charges as 23153 VC felonies, even when there are only slight injuries.

While felony consequences can be severe (prison time, felony conviction, restitution), our skilled attorneys have extensive history defending felony DUI with injury cases and know how to attack this serious charge. Call for a free consultation at (213) 212-5002 to discuss your case and learn about successful defense strategies.

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Los Angeles felony DUI lawyer

Felony DUI charges in California carry severe penalties that can include mandatory prison time of up to 3, 4, 6 or even 10 years. While driving under the influence is usually charged as a misdemeanor, three scenarios can cause a DUI felony charge:

  1. Repeated DUI offenses: 4th DUI or with a prior felony DUI conviction,
  2. DUI involving an accident with injury,
  3. Vehicular manslaughter.

Chudnovsky Law lawyers are very experienced in handling these complex cases. As former prosecutors, we understand how law enforcement will attack the charge and seek a conviction. We have a proven record of finding the most successful defense strategies to use and winning for our clients.

If you are facing a felony DUI, contact us for a free attorney consultation.

Conviction for DUI Vehicle Code 23152(a) vc or 23152(b) vc

Most DUI offenses are charged under California Vehicle Code § 23152 vc which defines seven different types of driving under the influence crimes. The two most frequently charged DUI offenses are:

Vehicle Code 23152(a) VC

  • Definition: Driving under the influence of alcohol such that your physical or mental abilities are impaired and you cannot drive as well as a cautious sober person.
  • What the prosecutor must prove: This “subjective standard” does not require proving your BAC level. Instead the DA must prove the case primarily through the officer’s professional observations, witness testimony and any video evidence from officer body cam or dash cam. Officer testimony typically reviews how you were driving, your behavior, what you told the officer, physical evidence, alcohol smell, red and watery eyes, slurred speech and sobriety test performance.

Vehicle Code 23152(b) VC

  • Definition: Driving a vehicle with a BAC level of .08% or higher.
  • What the prosecutor must prove: This “per se” definition requires that the DA prove you were driving a vehicle and your BAC level was .08% or higher while you were driving. The DA must overcome challenges to the accuracy or admissibility of the BAC test result, whether there was probable cause for the stop and prove definitively that you were driving the vehicle while your BAC was above .08%.

Police often file both charges to give DAs options in how to prosecute the case. In DUI cases you are presumed innocent until the DA proves your guilt and all the crime elements “beyond a reasonable doubt.” Evidence that seems strong can be tossed out by the court. Law enforcement officers can bungle stops and DUI investigations by not following required procedures. BAC tests are prone to error and there are many ways they can provide falsely high alcohol readings.

DUI is a very technical area of law and the job of your lawyer is to identify any weakness in the DA’s case. There are many strategies to fight DUI charges and the best Los Angeles DUI defense attorneys know how to find the best strategy for your case’s facts.

Our California DUI Laws Guide explains all of the DUI laws including: California Vehicle Code 23152(c) VC, 23152(d) VC, 23152(e) VC, 23152(f) VC, 23152(g) VC, 23153 VC, 21221.5 VC and 21200.5 VC.

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Penalties for DUI conviction

Most DUI penalties can either be dramatically reduced or eliminated if the charges are dismissed or reduced to a lesser offense. Even the DMV license suspension may be avoided if you act quickly and hire a DUI lawyer. A skilled DUI defense lawyer can request a DMV admin per se hearing to save your license and use a range of negotiation and defense strategies to achieve the best possible outcome to your case.

The penalties for DUI conviction in California vary widely based on type of DUI charge. In general, they include varying levels of fines, jail time, license suspension, DUI school, probation and a vehicle ignition interlock requirement to get a restricted license.

California DUI penalties by type of DUI are as follows:

In addition to court and DMV penalties, there are a variety of collateral consequences for DUI conviction that can affect professional licensing, insurance, career prospects, certifications and immigration.

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Criminal and DUI defense in Spanish, French and Italian

Chudnovsky Law’s multi-lingual criminal defense attorneys are native Spanish, French, Italian, Hebrew, Portuguese and Amharic speaking lawyers. Our firm has extensive experience representing non-U.S. citizens on criminal defense, DUI and immigration matters. We offer the following multi-lingual criminal defense services:

USC DUI Lawyer | UCLA DUI Lawyer

Chudnovsky Law represents students for DUI and criminal defense at all universities in LA county including: USC, UCLA, East Los Angeles College, Santa Monica College, California State University Northridge, and Los Angeles City College. USC students that are arrested for DUI should contact Chudnovsky Law’s USC DUI lawyer.

The University of Southern California (USC) reported 11,387 international students in Fall 2017, making USC one of the largest international student universities in the United States. International F1 student visa DUI causes a variety of complications because an F1 visa is revoked due to DUI or criminal arrests.

International students facing DUI or criminal charges should consult with the experienced criminal defense attorney and immigration lawyers of Chudnovsky Law in order to minimize the effects on their ability to continue to study in the US. UCLA students arrested for DUI should contact Chudnovsky Law’s UCLA DUI lawyer to skillfully fight their case.

“Lawyer Tsion recently handled a complex case for my family member. She and her paralegals are beyond reproach. We were hoping for a plea reduction to dry reckless on a Los Angeles DUI charge. Ms Chudnovsky got the Airport Court case entirely dismissed with no probation or monetary fines. We would recommend her and her associates to those looking for capable defense attorneys.”

JESSIE

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Criminal defense & DUI law firm in Los Angeles, CA

Chudnovsky Law is located at 1933 S Broadway Suite 1100, Los Angeles, CA 90007. We are near Metropolitan Courthouse, Downtown Los Angeles and Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center. You can call us at (213) 212-5002, we are open 24 hours. When searching for the best DUI lawyer near me or criminal attorney near me, note that we represent clients throughout Los Angeles County and southern California.

Getting to Chudnovsky Law from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is easy, just follow these simple driving directions. First, head west on W Century Blvd toward Vicksburg Ave. Turn right on S Sepulveda Blvd. Turn right onto Howard Hughes Pkwy. Next take the ramp onto I-405 N. Take I-405 N, then merge right onto I-10E toward Los Angeles. Take I-10E to Grand Ave. Exit at Grand Ave, continue toward Convention Center, then merge onto W 18th St. Continue on W 18th St, turn right on S Broadway, Chudnovsky Law will be on your right.

About our attorneys

When your future and freedom are at stake, your choice of attorney matters. A knowledgable and experienced lawyer will fight for your interests, work tirelessly to protect you and help you deal with the emotional aspects of criminal charges.

Chudnovsky Law is a team of experienced defense attorneys that are known and respected by both judges and prosecutors as honest, effective advocates for our clients. We are personally invested in the outcome of your case and employ every resource we have to help you at every stage in the criminal justice system.

Chudnovsky Law is rated Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers, an honor only given to a select group of premier trial lawyers from across the country who have demonstrated exceptional qualifications in their area of the law.

Our three senior lawyers have a combined 75+ years experience navigating clients through some of life’s most challenging times:

Tsion Chudnovsky

Tsion Chudnovsky is the Managing Attorney and founder of Chudnovsky Law. Tsion’s practice includes criminal defense, DUI defense and criminal immigration matters. She has extensive experience defending both U.S. citizens and the specialized criminal immigration needs of foreign citizens. Tsion has been practicing law since 2002 and is fluent in Spanish, French and Italian. Read full bio →

Robert K. Weinberg

Robert K. Weinberg is a former prosecutor with more than 30 years of experience representing clients in criminal defense, DUI defense and professional license defense matters in both state and federal jurisdictions. Robert is a nationally recognized authority in both criminal and professional licensing laws and their complex intersection for medical, nursing, pharmacy and other licensees. Robert is fluent in Spanish, Italian, Hebrew and Portuguese. Read full bio →

Suzanne M. Crouts

Suzanne M. Crouts is a highly experienced criminal defense, DUI defense, and professional license defense attorney. She is an accomplished trial lawyer with over 19 years of defense experience and an accomplished track record of favorable outcomes for her clients throughout all Los Angeles courts. Read full bio →

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To speak with an attorney about your case and see if we are the best criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles for you, call (213) 212-5002 for a free consultation.

Recent Los Angeles criminal defense victories

Chudnovsky Law handles criminal cases in all Los Angeles courts, Orange County and Santa Monica. The following are some examples of victories our lawyers have achieved:

  • Felony transportation and sale of 1kg of cocaine HS 11352, LA Court. Client facing 10 years in prison if convicted. Result: Not guilty verdict in jury trial.
  • Felony murder with gang enhancement 187 PC, Ventura Court. Client facing life without possibility of parole. Result: Not guilty verdict in jury trial.
  • Felony rape and aggravated assault 261 PC and 245(a) PC, Torrance Court. Client facing 20 years in prison if convicted. Result: Reduced to 236 PC false imprisonment, 2 years w credit for time served.
  • Felony corporal injury to spouse with enhancement for great bodily injury 273.5 PC, West Covina Court. Client facing 7 years prison if convicted. Result: Reduced to 242 PC misdemeanor simple battery with no jail time.
  • Felony battery on a police officer by non-US citizen 243(c)(2) PC, LAX Airport Court. Client facing up to 16 months jail and deportation. Result: Reduced to misdemeanor, no jail time, no immigration consequence.
  • Felony corporal injury on spouse by non-US citizen 273.5 PC, Metro Court. International executive faced 2 years in prison and aggravated felony conviction causing deportation and inadmissibility to U.S. Result: Case dismissed, no immigration consequence.
  • Felony grand theft by international student 459.5 PC, LAX Airport Court. Student facing jail and deportation. Result: Charges dismissed, formal diversion program, student could continue education.

Recent Los Angeles DUI defense results

  • Felony 6th DUI involving accident with great bodily injury, Torrance Court. Client facing up to 16 years prison. Result: 180 days county jail.
  • Felony DUI, Clara Shortridge Court. Non-US citizen faced 16 mo jail, deportation. Result: Reduced to misdemeanor, no jail, no immigration consequence.
  • 1st DUI with accident, Glendale Court. Result: Case dismissed.
  • 1st DUI, LAX Airport Court. Result: Not guilty verdict in court trial.
  • 1st DUI enhanced due to high BAC and 100+mph speeding in residential zone, Torrance Courthouse. Client facing up to 240 days jail. Result: No jail.
  • DUI drugs, Metropolitan Court. Result: Set case for trial, dismissed.
  • 2nd DUI while on probation for 1st, East LA Court. Result: No jail.
  • 1st DUI enhanced due to high BAC, international executive faced 6 mo jail, losing job. Result: Reduced to wet reckless, no jail, no immigration consequence.
  • 1st DUI enhanced due to .28 BAC and high speed, non-US citizen faced 6 mo jail and deportation. Result: 15 days ankle monitor, no jail, no immigration consequence.
  • 1st DUI enhanced due to high BAC and high speed, Metropolitan Court. Non-US citizen facing up to 6 mo jail. Result: No jail, no immigration consequence.

Our Client Testimonials

“Excellent experience from start to finish. My partner was arrested for a felony criminal charge and I found Mr Weinberg after searching online for a well reviewed attorney. He responded quickly on a Saturday and helped immediately arrange bail at a discounted bond fee. You can tell Robert really cares and he knew the DA in our case…which turned out to be a big bonus. You feel protected and respected with him representing you. He has a lot of gravitas with prosecutors and judges. We always felt like he was very skilled at handling our case and gave very sage advice on what to do every step of the way. Long story short, he got the charge dismissed. Thank you!”

TOM

“My felony DUI was reduced to dry reckless. I got in an accident and was arrested for a DUI. Unfortunately there was substantial injury involved and I got charged with Felony DUI. I was really freaked out by the whole thing and what the consequences could be. Tsion and her team really went above and beyond to calm me down and educate me on my options and how they would attack the charges. After some careful research, they identified some issues with the evidence and were able to able reduce the charge to a dry reckless and I kept my license. I can wholeheartedly recommend Chudnovsky Law. They are top notch!”

MARIA

“I am very pleased with attorney Robert Weinberg’s representation in my nursing license defense matter. He saved my nurse license during a complicated situation I worried was hopeless. He was always professional, responsive and a highly effective attorney that really knows how to protect you.”

PATRICIA

“I spoke to several attorneys when my daughter was arrested and charged with a felony for trying to buy a controlled substance. After talking to Tsion Chudnovsky, we hired her right away. Tsion exudes compassion and puts you at ease. She was great at relating to both my daughter and I during this stressful situation and explaining how the system works and how things would play out. She is also very knowledgeable and well connected in the OC court system. Three weeks later we got a call to say she was able to get the case rejected by the DA! What a load off our shoulders as I REALLY didn’t want my daughter having a criminal record hanging over her head…Bottom line is I totally recommend Tsion and her team to anyone needing a top notch criminal defense attorney with a heart.”

NICK

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