Actor Marion “Pooch” Hall, of the Showtime series “Ray Donovan,” was accused of driving under the influence of alcohol with his 2-year-old son on his lap and crashing his Chrysler sedan into a parked car at the beginning October. The actor is facing felony and misdemeanor charges for the incident.
Ray Donovan Actor Marion Hall Facing Felony and Misdemeanor Charges
Last month Hall, 44, was arraigned on one felony count of child abuse and one misdemeanor count each of driving under the influence of an alcohol and driving with a 0.08 percent blood-alcohol content.
He was arrested but was released the next morning after posting $100,000 bail.
“When police officers arrived, witnesses reported seeing a man driving a Chrysler 300 sedan weaving in and out of traffic with a small child seated on his lap,” said Burbank police Sgt. Derek Green shortly after Hall’s arrest. “One witness reported seeing the child’s hands on the steering wheel. This driver ultimately collided with a parked vehicle and was detained at the scene on suspicion of driving under the influence.”
Green went on to say Hall allegedly “displayed obvious signs of alcohol intoxication and was unable to perform standardized field sobriety tests.”
“Mr Hall’s 2-year-old son was riding in the car with him at the time of the collision and was determined to have been riding in the vehicle unrestrained, as required by law.”
No one was reported injured and the boy was released to the custody of Hall’s wife at the accident scene.
Child Endangerment Lawyer
Have you been arrested for child endangerment? Do you have questions about your charges, the penalties you face or how to best resolve your case?
California’s Child Endangerment Laws
Child endangerment under California Penal Code 273(a) may be charged as a misdemeanor or felony. The prosecutor has the discretion to determine whether he or she will charge you with a misdemeanor or felony offense. If your actions put a child at risk of great bodily harm, the prosecution will likely charge you with a felony offense.
It is important to understand that your child does not have to suffer any actual injuries. The California Penal Code states that you may be found guilty of child endangerment if you willfully cause or permit a child to be placed in a situation where the child is endangered. For example, if you intentionally leave a child in a hot car for several hours unattended, you could be convicted of child endangerment even if the child suffers no injuries.
Defenses to a Child Endangerment Charge in Los Angeles
As experienced Los Angeles child endangerment lawyers, there are many ways by which we can raise a strong defense on your behalf. If you want to fight your charges at trial, we have the trial experience to provide a vigorous defense on your behalf in the courtroom. The prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you acted willfully (with intent) or permitted a child to be placed in danger. Moreover, the danger must entail a risk of great bodily harm. Our attorneys will hold the prosecution to its burden of proof.
Minimizing Penalties and Consequences
If the prosecution has a strong case and you do not want to fight your charges at trial, there are many ways we can help you minimize the penalties and adverse consequences arising from your charges. Depending on the facts of your case, we may be able to obtain a plea agreement that will help you avoid a criminal conviction, plead guilty to a lesser offense, or reduce the penalties you would otherwise face if convicted at trial.
Fighting DUI Charges
If you have been arrested for drunk driving anywhere in the Los Angeles area, you owe it to yourself to get the advice of a knowledgeable Los Angeles DUI attorney as soon as possible. The fines, license suspension and increased insurance rates that may result from a DUI arrest can together represent a much greater expense for you than an attorney’s fee.
The Law Offices of Daniel R. Perlman in Los Angeles will determine the right defense strategy based on the facts of your specific case. We handle all types of DUI cases, including:
- First-offense DUI: Contrary to the rumor mill, nearly 80 percent of our first offender clients’ cases are resolved without a DUI conviction.
- Underage DUI: Alleged juvenile DUI offenders face unique challenges when facing such charges. We are prepared to respond to those challenges.
- Felony DUI: These are serious charges that require urgent attention. Felony charges include DUI causing an injury or a fourth offense within 10 years.
- DUI involving drugs, whether prescription drugs or banned substances (“street drugs”), carries the same penalties as DUI involving alcohol.
- Multiple DUI charges will result in higher penalties based on how many times you have been previously convicted. We are often successful in minimizing statutory jail sentences by seeking treatment options.
- DUI involving an accident causing property damage, injury and/or death requires a knowledgeable, experienced defense attorney. This is as serious as it gets, involving the possibility of state prison, so it is important to hire a diligent and skilled lawyer.
- Boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs can have the same negative consequences as driving a vehicle while intoxicated.
- DMV hearing: Act promptly to protect your driving privileges. We must request your hearing within 10 days of your release or your license will be automatically suspended.
Possible DUI Defenses
Although it is never easy to beat a DUI charge in Los Angeles, you probably have a stronger defense than you think. In order to expand your options for a positive outcome, our law firm seeks to determine any procedural or civil rights violations, including:
- Why did the arresting officer pull you over?
- Was there a field sobriety test?
- Was there probable cause to support the DUI arrest?
- How was the blood test at the police station administered?
- Are there inconsistencies between the police report and the criminal complaint?
There are hundreds of possible police errors, and they can add up to reduce your charges. Depending on the facts of your misdemeanor or felony DUI case, our DUI attorneys can concentrate on seeking a dismissal based on any violation of your constitutional rights or a reduction based on other errors or mistakes by law enforcement. Our Los Angeles DUI lawyers are also fully prepared to secure a victory by casting doubt on the evidence obtained against you.
Los Angeles DUI Attorney
In addition to defending clients against criminal DUI charges, we also represent clients at DMV hearings, which will determine the length and conditions of a driver’s license suspension or whether a license will remain valid.
To learn more about our approach to client service in Los Angeles DUI defense, contact the Law Offices of Daniel R. Perlman in Los Angeles at 213-514-8324, at 213-514-8324 or by e-mail. Whether you were arrested coming out of a bar; leaving a restaurant or birthday party; or celebrating a special holiday such as Cinco de Mayo, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July (Independence Day), Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s or St. Patrick’s Day, it is essential to hire a DUI defense lawyer as soon as possible to seek the best possible results you can get.