The 30-year-old son of Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson was arrested for drunk driving after being stopped at a DUI checkpoint. According to a news report in the Los Angeles Times, the DUI arrest occurred at 9th and Figueroa streets in Los Angeles. Officials say the legislative deputy was not driving a city vehicle when he was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. He was taken into custody and released the following day. The results of the blood alcohol test are pending.
There are harsh penalties for driving under the influence in California. Even first-time offenders who are not involved in an accident could face serious charges for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. A first-time DUI conviction can result in jail time from four days to six months, fines and penalties up to $2,600, court fees, car insurance rate hikes, a license suspension of up to 10 months, and the installation of an ignition interlock device.
A skilled DUI defense attorney will review the circumstances of the arrest to determine what legal options are available for the defendant. In some cases, an attorney will aggressively fight the charges. In other circumstances, a DUI lawyer will negotiate for lesser penalties and alternative sentencing to keep the defendant out of jail.
The experienced Los Angeles DUI defense lawyers at Sitkoff & Hanrahan fight for the best interests of drivers. We provide no-cost consultations at (866) 430-8383 to anyone facing drunk driving charges. Please call us before discussing your case with the authorities.