Floyd Skeren and Kelly LLP Law Firm
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Pleading Guilty...Not Smart

Criminal Law Firm of California

We have lawyers and offices statewide in California.

Our Criminal Defense Attorneys handle all types of cases involving Driving Under the Influence, DUI Arrests, including DUI's where an injury occurred, DUI with priors where a Felony DUI is charged, Gross vehicular manslaughter and vehicular manslaughter.

We also handle the Administrative Per Se (APS) DMV hearing associated with a driving under the influence arrest. (This is where they are trying to take away your driver's license in a license suspension hearing.)

Being arrested for DUI is frightening enough without having to understand what to do. You will need to make some important decisions immediately; most urgently being about posting bail and selecting a qualified DUI attorney.

 

Why Fight?

Many actions taken by a skilled DUI Attorney can be used in your favor to successfully challenge a DUI/DWI charge. 

First, your DUI Attorney must file a DMV hearing request within 10 days of the date of your arrest; otherwise the DMV may automatically suspend your license and take away your ability to legally drive. 

Often the prosecution will rely solely on breath machine results. The government may also use the results of a blood test to convict. If a breath test was the way blood-alcohol content (BAC) was determined in your case, you should realize that the "BAC" reading may very well be inaccurate. It may not only be slightly inaccurate; it may be extremely inaccurate. The electronic device, a machine, is only that, a machine. You probably have heard the phrase "garbage in - garbage out." If the person who was operating this "magical" machine was not properly trained, certified, or if the machine was not properly maintained and in good working order, then you have a basis to fight. 

Do you know if your blood was drawn in a medically approved manner consistent with state law? Even if it was drawn legally, and many times it is not, it should always be tested by an independent laboratory to see if the result is consistent with what the government lab says it is. In all too many cases, the results from the independent lab are very different from the results gathered by the government and police in their attempt to convict you and brand you a criminal. Most crime labs don't test the blood to ensure that the proper amounts of anti-coagulant and preservative are present in the blood sample. They also don't check to see if bacteria has contaminated the blood rendering it unreliable for use in court. 

How do you know if the officer correctly perform the Field Sobriety Tests (FST's)? Are the FST's they used approved by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA)? Most people don't know that there are only three (3) FST's federally approved by NHTSA. 

Do you know if the contact by the police was based on reasonable cause to suspect you were violating the law? 

All of these questions and so many more can only be successfully asked by a skilled, experienced DUI attorney. Sometimes, the right questions asked at the right times can lead to outright dismissal of a DUI case. Of course, no ethical attorney can guarantee that will happen in your case, but the only way for you to know is by hiring a skilled experienced DUI attorney who knows more about DUI law than the cops, lab technicians, the prosecutors, or even the judges.

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TROY W. SLATEN

Attorney at Law, Partner
Managing Attorney,
Criminal Defense Department

Email our Worker Comp Law Firm troy.slaten@fsklaw.com
Call our Law Practice (310) 824-8896
Fax our Law Practice (310) 824-1237

BIOGRAPHY

   Troy Slaten is a partner with the Law Offices of Floyd, Skeren, & Kelly, LLP. He is the managing attorney of the firm's criminal defense practice.
   Mr. Slaten earned his Bachelor's Degree, with honors, in English Literature from The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He went on to earn his Juris Doctorate at Pepperdine University School of Law. While in law school, Mr. Slaten actively participated on the honors Trial Team winning awards at various trial competitions.
    Before devoting his efforts to practice criminal defense, Mr. Slaten began his legal career working for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office. At the DA's office, he was involved in the prosecution of various felonies and misdemeanors ranging from complex fraud cases to drug, theft, and sex cases.
    Mr. Slaten is certified to administer and evaluate Field Sobriety Tests (FSTs) by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). He is certified on the Alcosensor Preliminary Alcohol Screening (PAS) device commonly used in DUI investigations. He regularly attends seminars and lectures on criminal defense and DUI defense. He is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, National College of DUI Defense, California DUI Lawyers Association, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, Criminal Courts Bar Association, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Los Angeles Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.
    Mr. Slaten is licensed to practice law in all the courts of The State of California, as well as in The District of Columbia.

     
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ROBERT A. DUDLEY

Attorney at Law

Email our Worker Comp Law Firm robert.dudley@fsklaw.com
Call our Law Practice (310) 824-8896
Fax our Law Practice (310) 824-1237

BIOGRAPHY

   Robert Dudley is an associate attorney with the firm’s Beverly Hills office where he is a member of the criminal law department. Mr. Dudley holds a Juris Doctor (cum laude) degree from Pepperdine University School of Law where he was awarded the Order of Barristers. He also holds a Masters of Public Policy degree (emphasis in economics) from Pepperdine’s School of Public Policy and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis (dual majors: economics and Spanish). During law school, Mr. Dudley was a member of two national championship moot court teams that took top honors at the Chicago Bar Association and the University of North Carolina School of Law moot court competitions. Mr. Dudley completed an externship with the Honorable Anthony J. Mohr in the Complex Litigation Division of the Los Angeles County Superior Court where he worked on a variety of complex civil matters involving corporate, insurance, and employment law. Prior to joining Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, Mr. Dudley was a law clerk at the Law Office of Joel Koury where he assisted with the defense of a capital murder case in addition to DUI, federal RICO, and drug trafficking cases. While completing his joint law and public policy studies, Mr. Dudley also performed legal and policy research on juvenile sentencing for Human Rights Watch in Los Angeles. He is fluent in Spanish (written and verbal).

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