Palos Verdes Estates, DUI for Drugs, Self-Test, DA Reject

Police arrested our client 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 to the Palos Verdes Estates Police Station.
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.
Our client was driving a full-size, older model pick-up truck with a New Mexico license plate.
When police pulled him over, the officer advised our client that his rear tail light was burned out.  The officer then asked our client if he had been drinking.

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 had our client submit to a roadside Preliminary Alcohol Screening (PAS) test, which measured our client’s blood alcohol level at zero percent.  They noticed our client’s sweating – as well as his tattoos – and came to the opinion that our client was under the influence of methamphetamines.  Our client also denied this.

The police then drew blood from our client and put him in the Palos Verdes Estates jail.

Greg Hill received a phone call from the client at approximately 8:00 a.m. and immediately went to the 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 for all common illegal drugs and provided the parents with the address of the clinic.  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 test as suggested.

The blood test measured no measurable quantities of any illegal substance in our client’s blood.  Greg hand-delivered this report to the Palos Verdes Police Department detective handling the client’s case, with a cover letter explaining also the anxious state our client certainly demonstrated.  Greg also enclosed a photocopy of the client’s prescription for anti-anxiety medication and explained our client had not taken the medication due to the side effects.

The Palos Verdes Police Department indicated nothing in receiving the documents.  Four weeks later, Greg followed up with a further letter enclosing a collection of letters and awards that the client had earned.  Greg asked that the police consider this 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 labeled the case a “DA Reject.”  Our client and his family were greatly relieved, as the client had experienced criminal prosecution several times over the last fifteen years.  He was very happy that the case was not filed.

For more information about DUI based on drugs, having one’s arrest record destroyed and what to do if stopped for DUI, click on the following articles:
  1. DUI Based on Being under the Influence of Drugs
  2. How Do I Have My Arrest Record Sealed and Destroyed?
  3. 10 Things to Do If Stopped for DUI
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