Law Offices of Gabriel H. Avina

Los Angeles Personal Injury and Criminal Defense Lawyers


Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!

Don't forget, if stopped because of a suspected DUI, or if you believe you may have consumed too many drinks, don't consent to the field sobriety test or breathalyzer test at the scene.

These tests are designed to give the officer enough evidence to arrest. However, DO take the breathalyzer test at the police station if arrested.

Drive safe and have a happy new year.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas from Terry Gilliam in 1968!

For those who don't know, Terry Gilliam was an American ex-repatriate in the 60's who did the animations for Monty Python.  Here is one such video.

Happy Holidays,

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

New website for California court forms!

If you want any free court forms, the website has changed to

This website is especially helpful for traffic matters since one can download both a trial by declaration form and a trial de novo form if one loses the trial by declaration.

*For more information see our Criminal Defense or Personal Injury pages.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Pogo Plug offers 10GB FREE Cloud Storage!

For three days only, go to 
CNET is offering 10GB of FREE FOR LIFE Cloud Storage!  The program is called Pogo Plug and it even automatically syncs your pictures on you phone wirelessly. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Importance of C.C.P. Section 170.6

Civil Code Section 170.6 deals with peremptory challenges against a judge. Why does this matter? Well, it doesn't. Unless, of course, you're facing a judge who refuses to allow your client release on his or her own recognizance. This is exactly what happened to me this morning. The judge had a policy to deny all O.R. (own recognizance) releases. Since I was appearing without my client, I would have had to continue the matter and my client would have had to pay the entire bail before he could get a trial date. Since the bail was for around $1,000.00, would would have posed a hardship. Thus, I filed the C.C.P. 170.6 challenge, and my matter was transferred to a more reasonable judge. So the point here is don't forget your right to challenge the judge if he is mean.

*For more information see our Criminal Defense page.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

YouTube releases feature-length film, "Life in a Day"

YouTube has released the feature-length film, "Life in a Day."  More proof that YouTube is the new TV.  This film is still screening in some theaters and bypassed a DVD release, directly to YouTube.

These are interesting times.

Thursday, October 20, 2011


This Saturday, I will be offering Free Legal Advice at the Venice Vintage Motorcycle Rally!

Feel free to stop by and say hello.

Friday, August 19, 2011

DUI Crackdown this Weekend! Here are some tips.

According to the Los Angeles Times, there will be a DUI crackdown this weekend. Here are some tips for the weekend if pulled over.

1. Be nice to the officer. If the officer asks if you have been drinking, simply say, "I'm sorry officer, but I believe the activities I do in my private life are personal." Saying this means you're not lying to the officer and also not giving them incriminating information.

2. Politely decline to take any field sobriety test. Trust me, they are designed to create probable cause. Simply tell the officer, "I'm sorry, but my lawyer told me never to take those tests because there is no way to document how I perform on them."

3. Do not take the initial Preliminary Alcohol Screening breathalyzer test. This is the test at the scene when pulled over. However, DO take the breathalyzer at the police station. The first test only helps the officer, not you. The second one, after the arrest, is required or you risk losing your license.

Although this advice may sound counter-intuitive to some, it works. What it does is prevent the officer from having any direct evidence of actual driving with a BAC above .08% at the time of arrest.

Ride safe,
Gabriel Avina

*For more information see our Criminal Defense page.