Gardena, Client Refuses to Submit to BAC Test, 75 in 25 Zone

Our client was charged with one count of driving under the influence of alcohol (Vehicle Code Section 23152(a)), a misdemeanor, for appearing to the arresting officer to be under the influence of alcohol.  He was not charged with violating Vehicle Code section 23152(b) because police did not obtain a blood alcohol content and never performed a forced blood draw.

Gardena Police stopped our client at approximately at 2 a.m. as he allegedly was speeding at 75 miles per hour through residential streets in Gardena where the speed limits is just 25 miles per hour.  He was coming home from a party and he was upset that his girlfriend and he had been in an argument.  As police officers followed him with sirens blaring, he tossed boxes and other items out the window, allegedly in an attempt to resist arrest. 

When arrested, our client refused to submit to the breathalyzer test, but admitted to the officer that he had four tequila shots about two hours earlier that night.  We always advise clients that it is best to say almost nothing to police except that you respect them and would like to remain silent.

The case was filed in Torrance.  The prosecutor considered the case one for special treatment because of the speeding in a residential area and the client’s having thrown items from his car at police while being pursued.  We thought this was kind of a silly approach because children are not out playing on sidewalks or crossing streets at 2:00 a.m.   They are sound asleep.

Her initial offer for this first-time DUI was that our client be placed on five years of summary probation, serve 60 days in county jail, pay a fine of $1,000 plus penalties and assessment, pay the Gardena Police Department booking fee of $220 and attend a nine-month alcohol awareness program because the client refused to submit to a breath or blood test at the station.

She also demanded that our client, as a condition of his continued release on his own recognizance, attend two Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings per week, which the judge agreed with and ordered our client to attend.

Greg Hill of Greg Hill & Associates negotiated a plea bargain for the client whereby he agreed to plead no contest to a violation of Vehicle Code section 23152(a) charge, but on much better terms (lower fines, etc.) than the overly zealous prosecutor first demanded. 

The court then struck the refusal to submit charge and the speeding penalty enhancements.  In addition, our client agreed to attend the three month DUI program (also known as the AB541 program), pay $390 in court fines, plus assessments and the City of Gardena booking fee. 

Our client was happy with this deal, as the District Attorney originally demanded that our client undergo the nine month alcohol awareness program and pay up to $4,000 in fines due to his admission of having four tequila shots before driving, speeding and refusing to submit to a blood alcohol test.

For more information about refusing to submit to a DUI breath or blood test, as well as the punishment for first-time DUI, click on the following articles:
  1. What Happens if Police Say I Refused a Breath or Blood Test?
  2. What Punishment Do I Face for a First Time DUI?
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