Palos Verdes Estates, DUI for Drugs, Self-Test, DA Reject
Police arrested our client, age 24, as he drove almost directly in front of the Palos Verdes Estates Police Station at approximately 2:20 a.m. As the reader may be aware, the bars of Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach close at 2:00 a.m. and it is about a ten-minute drive south to the Palos Verdes Estates Police Station.
Palos Verdes Estates Police Station
Our client told the police officer he had not drank any alcohol and in fact, he had not. But he was quite nervous and the stop caused him to begin sweating from anxiety. In fact, our client was under a prescription for anxiety and had not taken the medication because of the side effects he disliked.
Police nonetheless had our client submit to a roadside Preliminary Alcohol Screening (PAS) test, which measured our client’s blood alcohol content (BAC) at zero percent. Police, however, noticed our client’s sweating – as well as his tattoos – and came to the opinion that our client was under the influence of methamphetamines. When they asked our client about this, our client also denied this.
The police then drew blood from our client, with our client’s consent, and put him in the Palos Verdes Estates jail.Summary: Palos Verdes Estates, DUI for being under influence of drugs, “DA reject” after Greg Hill has client immediately tested for drugs and results are negative.
Greg Hill received a phone call from the client at approximately 8:00 a.m. and immediately went to the Palos Verdes Estates jail. Greg was able to persuade the police to release our client to him, rather than holding the client for twelve hours to “come down” from the influence of drugs.
Greg drove the client home and spoke to the parents about the situation. He recommended that the parents immediately take their son for a blood test or urinalysis for all common illegal drugs and provided the parents with the address of the clinic nearby. He also got a photocopy of the client’s prescription for his anti-anxiety medication. The parents then immediately took their son for a blood or urine test as suggested.
A blood test was administered. It measured no measurable quantities of any illegal substance in our client’s blood. Greg then hand-delivered this report to the Palos Verdes Estates Police Department detective handling the client’s case, with a cover letter explaining also the anxious state our client certainly demonstrated. Greg commented that the client was treated for anxiety, but often did not take the prescription, which then naturally caused him to display anxiety, which is exactly what the police officer making the traffic stop observed. The client’s nervous condition was not related to taking drugs, but not taking what he was prescribed. Greg also enclosed a photocopy of the client’s prescription for anti-anxiety medication.
The Palos Verdes Estates Police Department did not respond at all after receiving the documents. This was not unusual, but it was nonetheless unnerving.
Four weeks later, Greg followed up with the Palos Verdes Estates Police Department with a further letter enclosing a collection of letters and awards that the client had earned. Greg asked that the police consider such letters in handling the case.
On the day of the arraignment, Greg appeared in the Torrance Superior Court and was told that the District Attorney had decided the case a “DA Reject.” Obviously, our client’s blood sample given to the police was consistent with the blood test results our client obtained with his parents.
Had the results from the police shown our client was positive for any drug, our client’s independent blood test would contest such a result.
Our client and his family were greatly relieved, as the client had experienced criminal prosecution several times over the last few years. He was very happy that the case was not filed.
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