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Torrance DUI Defense

Torrance DUI Defense

Torrance DUI Lawyers | Former South Bay Prosecutors

If you have been recently arrested for a DUI in Torrance or anywhere in the South Bay, it is imperative that you consult with qualified Torrance DUI attorneys with experience defending drunk driving charges out of Torrance Court. Even as a first offense, a DUI in Torrance carries a number of mandatory penalties that can carry consequences that extend beyond your immediate punishment. Since 1987, the DUI attorneys at Takakjian & Sitkoff, LLP have successfully defended both felony and misdemeanor DUI charges in Torrance Court and the El Segundo DMV Driver Safety Office. With over 70 years of combined DUI defense experience, former Torrance Court prosecutors, Paul Takakjian and Stephen Sitkoff, provide our South Bay clients with an unparalleled advantage in both the courtroom and DMV Driver Safety Office. Highly rated and recognized amongst the most experienced DUI attorneys in Torrance, Mr. Takakjian, and Mr. Sitkoff, personally handle each of their cases with a genuine commitment to obtaining only the best case outcomes. If you are in need of an experienced DUI lawyer in Torrance, call our South Bay DUI defense firm now at (424) 757-0865 for a free consultation to review the facts of your case or to schedule an appointment at our Torrance office location.

Our Soutbay DUI Defense Approach

Drunk driving defense is a complex area of criminal defense practice, which involves defending your criminal matter out of the Torrance criminal court and the administrative suspension matter out of El Segundo DMV Driver Safety Office. Therefore, the experience and expertise of your DUI lawyer can be the single most critical factor towards achieving the best possible resolution to your drunk driving case and preserving your driving privilege. As former Torrance Court prosecutors, we know the investigative rules and procedures law enforcement and crime labs must follow in order to properly and legally capture and preserve chemical evidence, as well as the procedures they must follow in order to ensure integrity and reliability of the chemical evidence. More importantly, we know what evidence Torrance prosecutors need to prove their DUI case against you, as well as how to attack the evidence they do have. Clients who entrust the defense of their DUI cases to us can count on us to perform the following tasks:

  • Subpoena the arresting police officer to face a thorough cross-examination of his/her police report, DUI investigative training, and Title 17 compliance at your DMV Admin. Per Se (APS) hearing
  • Subpoena radio, communication, and dispatch logs to verify the timeline the arresting officer represents in his/her police report
  • Subpoena dash and body cam video, as well as audio recordings to compare to the arresting officer’s representations in his/her police report
  • Subpoena maintenance and calibration records for each breathalyzer instrument used
  • Subpoena a split sample of your chemical specimen (blood/urine) for independent testing by our independent forensic toxicology lab

DUI Punishment In Torrance Court

The penalty for a South Bay DUI conviction depends on the specific circumstances of your case and whether there are aggravating factors involved such as a traffic collision, blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level above 0.15, excessive speed (speed enhancement), or chemical test refusal. Your punishment can be further enhanced with mandatory jail time if you have prior drunk driving convictions within the last 10 years, whether the convictions occurred in or outside of the state of California. An skilled Torrance DUI attorney can help you avoid the following the potential punishments you face if charged with a DUI in Torrance Court:

  • Jail time up to 1 year
  • Fines up to $1,000
  • Summary or informal probation for up to 5 years
  • Drunk driving education program up to 12 months
  • Driver’s license suspension for 6 months or 1 year for chemical test refusal
  • Mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device (IID)
  • 2 points on DMV Record
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) victims impact panel
  • Hospital and Morgue (HAM) program
  • Community labor or service

2nd misdemeanor DUI punishment in Torrance:

  • 4 days of mandatory imprisonment and up to 1 year in jail
  • Fines up to $1,000
  • Summary or informal probation for up to 5 years
  • Drunk driving education program up to 18 months
  • Driver’s license suspension for 2 years
  • Mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device (IID)
  • 2 points on DMV Record
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) victims impact panel
  • Hospital and Morgue (HAM) program
  • Community labor or service

3rd misdemeanor DUI punishment in Torrance

  • 120 days of mandatory imprisonment and up to 1 year in jail
  • Fines up to $1,000
  • Summary or informal probation for up to 5 years
  • Drunk driving education program up to 30 months
  • Driver’s license suspension for 3 years
  • Mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device (IID)
  • 2 points on DMV Record
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) victims impact panel
  • Hospital and Morgue (HAM) program
  • Community labor or service

Torrance Courthouse

If you have been arrested for drunk driving in the South Bay, you likely have an upcoming court date at the Torrance Courthouse for your arraignment hearing. Located at 825 Maple Ave in the city of Torrance, 90503, this court serves as the jurisdictional court for all criminal matters arising out of the South Bay cities of Los Angeles County. There are 3 independent prosecutorial agencies within the courthouse and the agency which assumes the prosecution of your case will be determined by the city you were arrested in and/or the charge level (felony or misdemeanor). The 3 agencies are:

  • Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office – (310) 222-3552
    Prosecutes all felonies committed in the South Bay and all misdemeanors committed in
    South Bay cities with the exception of Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach and Torrance
  • Redondo Beach City Attorney’s Office – (310) 318-0633
    Only prosecutes misdemeanor crimes committed in the cities of Redondo and Hermosa Beach
  • Torrance City Attorney’s Office – (310) 618-5810
    Only prosecutes misdemeanor crimes committed in the city of Torrance

Contact Our Torrance DUI Attorneys Today For A Free Consultation

Whether you are facing a first offense misdemeanor DUI or a 4th offense felony DUI, you can rest assured that as a client of our firm, you will receive first-class legal representation and a genuine commitment to a successful resolution of your case. Mr. Takakjian and Mr. Sitkoff are highly decorated former senior deputy district attorneys who previously prosecuted both misdemeanor and felony drunk driving cases out Torrance Court and since 1987, have specialized in DUI defense in the South Bay. Please contact us now at (424) 757-0865 for a free no-obligation consultation to review the facts of your case and each of your potential outcomes. We proudly serve the following South Bay communities: Gardena, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Lawndale, Lomita, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, and Torrance