Allison on the intersection of marijuana law, DUI, and the 4th Amendment.
People v. S.L. (2009)
Attorney Allison B. Margolin was hired as trial counsel in a DMV case where the client’s vehicle was found driverless after hitting two vehicles. Client was found shirtless and with a BAC of 0.19. Counsel had argued that because client was not observed actually driving the vehicle, she could not have been guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol. After deliberations, there was a hung jury leading to a mistrial. When the district attorney’s office re-filed the case, client only plead to a traffic ticket.
DMV v. Client (2012)
California is an implied-consent state where every driver, by receiving a driver’s license, consents to make themselves available to a chemical test when they are driving under the influence. The penalties for refusing a chemical test, eiher breath, urine, or blood, are heavy – 1 year suspended license for the first refusal.
In 2012, Margolin and Lawrence won a DMV Refusal Hearing where the client refused to take a chemical test at a DUI checkpoint – an exceptionally rare result.
(People v. J.T. (2012): LAX)
What began as a random and routine traffic stop turned into a full-blown DUI stop leading to our client’s arrest. In the beginning the City Attorney’s Office, who deals with misdemeanor DUI cases in Los Angeles County, refused to give anything but a DUI. Our office shed light on the probable cause regarding the stop as well as the efficacy of the breathalyzer test. After numerous negotiations between the attorneys of Margolin and Lawrence and the City Attorney assigned to the case, as well as supervising City Attorneys, the client go the result he was aiming for – a dry and reckless.
Whether you are currently under investigation for a drug crime or have already been arrested, it is important to retain a skilled attorney for an adequate representation. California has some of the strictest narcotic laws in the nation, and the police and prosecutors involved in your case are not going to let you off easy. In fact, the prosecuting attorneys are going to come after you aggressively, so it is important that you call our office so that we can provide you with equally aggressive defense representation. By working with our firm we can provide extensive knowledge, skill, and practice in this area of criminal law, your chances of resolving your case will successfully increase.
Our firm has defended hundreds of people against drug charges throughout Los Angeles and California and has been extremely successful in resolving their cases favorably, whether by getting the charges dropped or reduced or winning the cases in court. When a client comes to our office, we take the time to thoroughly review their charges, so we know what we are dealing with and what type of defense strategy would be most effective. In addition, we never back down from the chance to defend someone and protect their rights. Even when the odds are stacked against us we will find a way to help our clients.
Regardless of what type of drug charges you are facing, you can trust us to provide you with personal attention, unwavering dedication, and uncompromising defense throughout the criminal process. We accept all types of drug crimes cases, including those involving:
- Possession of a narcotic or controlled substance
- Being under the influence of drugs
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
- Possession with intent to sell, manufacture, or deliver
For information about California drug laws or the criminal process or to discuss your criminal matter with an experienced and dedicated defense lawyer, please schedule a free, confidential consultation by visiting our contact page or calling (323) 653-9700.
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