The Court in Pasadena is located at 300 E. Walnut Street in Pasadena, California 91101. It is right across the street from the Pasadena Public Library and also near the Pasadena Police Department. Pasadena Court has courtrooms assigned to hear felony and misdemeanor cases, including DUI cases and other criminal offenses, family law and restraining order cases, and traffic infraction offenses.
Police officers from Pasadena Police Department enforce DUI and criminal laws within the city of Pasadena. They oftentimes patrol the Old Town area on weekend evenings looking for impaired or drunk drivers. Altadena CHP Officers also conduct DUI patrol and enforce the traffic and criminal laws in Pasadena.
The library is open to the public and a great place to do legal research or to just browse the shelves. There is a café in the courtyard as you walk in through the entrance on Walnut Avenue.
The City Prosecutor in Pasadena is responsible for filing and prosecuting DUI charges and other misdemeanor criminal offenses in the City of Pasadena. If the crime occurred within the city limits of Pasadena, then the prosecutor’s office will have the jurisdiction to file or not file criminal charges. If the crime occurred outside the city limits or if the crime occurred in Pasadena but is a felony, then the Pasadena District Attorney will have jurisdiction over the case.
The Pasadena PD makes it known that they are out in full force looking for people who drink and drive impaired. Often times, a very minor traffic infraction such as a burnt out tail light will be the reason for the initial encounter with a Pasadena Police officer. Knowing your rights and what you must do and what you are not required to do (and should NOT due!) is very important. For example, performing field sobriety tests and providing a PAS (Preliminary Alcohol Screening Test) is optional and typically results in self incrimination. Even answering an officer’s questions about what you drank, where you consumed alcohol, etc… is not mandatory. The only mandatory test you must take is a chemical test such as a breath test, blood test or urine test AFTER you are arrested. If you are on probation for a DUI or under 21 years of age, then you would be required to take a PAS test. For more detailed information, see the DUI related pages on this site and call Ann Gottesman for a free consultation.