August 6

Long Beach Courthouse

Courthouse, DUI


Long Beach Courthouse

The Long Beach Courthouse is a beautiful place. If your case is in Long Beach, chances are that it will end up in Long Beach Courthouse on Ocean blvd.  If it ends up here, then your  DUI will end up in department 8 on the 3rd floor of the Long Beach Courthouse.  Department 8 of Long Beach Courthouse handles the arraignment and the pre trail for all DUI cases.  The department will open at 8:30 in the morning.  However, the fact that you arrived there early does not you will get out early.  There are many issues that will keep you there.

For example there are many other cases out there just like yours inside the same department.  Many of these cases have attorneys who also have to be in other courts.  As a result of this, many of the attorney cases are called first.  Another issue that may arise are the in custody people. These are people that are in custody and needs to be moved.  They are also given priority. The Long Beach Police Department does not have to file their case until 1:30 on the day of filing. As a result, you will not be able to leave until then. Even if the case is not filed, the clerk will say you can’t leave until 1:45.

One of the unique things I notice is the quick first court date which is different from the surrounding courts.  Your first court date is always a few weeks away as opposed to Metro court where it may be months away.  This often means that the court date will be scheduled ahead of the DMV date. This leaves you in a sticky position because you will not know the status of your DMV hearing.  However, if you resolve your case quickly then you license will adversely affected.

Long Beach DUI Attorney
Dept 8 handles DUI. It is on the 3rd floor on the right hand side off the escalator.

Most cases resolve quickly.   This is the nature of the beast in a DUI in Long Beach.  The Long Beach DUIs are resolved quickly because the court moves cases along quickly.  This has negative consequences to attorneys who are out of the area and are not familiar with the court.  When this happens, a party may be expected to go to trial without the entire discovery and as a result the party will not be ready for trial.

For example, imagine going to trial in your Long Beach DUI without having all the calibration records on the machine.  These records are important but without them, a person would not know if the machine is working or not in your Long Beach DUI case.

However, this doesn’t have to be the case with you. You are entitled to a discovery and maintenance record of the machines used on you which a Long Beach DUI Attorney will be able to help you with.


About the author 

Hieu Vu

“To the client, every angle is important, there’s a number of questions, and each person also have their own worries. Some will need a person to listen to them. At the end of the day, it’s more than just delivering legal results. I put a 110% into every person I work. I strive to make sure everyone knows what is going on and is kept in the loop as the case goes on. The practice of law is more than just getting the results in court.” -Hieu Vu

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