Assemblyman Roger Hernandez of West Covina has been found not guilty of drunk driving. According to a news report in the Los Angeles Times, five months after his DUI arrest in Concord, a Contra Costa County jury found Hernandez to be not guilty of the DUI charge. Officials pulled him over during the early morning hours of March 27 after seeing his state car weaving between lanes. His vehicle allegedly smelled of alcohol and he had bloodshot eyes. His defense team argued that his tests were mishandled. He still faces a second count of driving with an illegal blood alcohol level of .08 percent. A decision on that charge is expected to be made later this month.
Many people make the mistake of not fighting DUI charges because they assume there is no point. This case points to the importance of discussing your case with a skilled DUI defense attorney as it is sometimes possible to have the DUI charges reduced for the case or entirely dismissed.
There are many questions that a skilled DUI defense attorney will ask. Why was the driver pulled over? Was there probable cause for the traffic stop? Was the motorist informed of his or her rights? Was the officer acting outside normal or acceptable behavior? Were the rights of the driver violated during the arrest? When was the last time the Breathalyzer was calibrated? Were the blood samples handled properly by the police officers or the lab? These are some of the important questions that must be asked and answered in a DUI case.
The skilled West Covina drunk driving defense lawyers at Sitkoff & Hanrahan have a proven track record of aggressively fighting drunk driving charges. We provide no-cost case evaluations at (866) 430-8383 to anyone who has been accused of driving under the influence.