If you or a loved one has been arrested for a DUI, it is crucial that you contact a DUI attorney immediately. After the arrest takes place, the driver will be given a court date. They will then need to show up in court to respond to the criminal charges for driving with a blood alcohol level over 0.8% or that they were under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs while operating a vehicle. Next, the driver will receive a temporary driver's license and an order of suspension from the DMV.
DUI Convictions in California
For a person to be convicted of a DUI, it must be proven in court that they were operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol level of 0.8% or more, or that they were under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs while operating a vehicle.
If accused of a DUI in California, you could be facing a misdemeanor or felony charges. If someone is injured in an accident caused by you driving under the influence, your case could be charged as a felony. You could also face felony charges if you have been arrested for a DUI three or more times prior to your latest offense. In order for these past charges to affect your current case, they must have taken place within the past ten years of the present conviction.
It is important to know that in order to contest the suspension of your license, you must make a request to the DMV within 10 days of your arrest.
If you wish to completely avoid a license suspension after 30 days, immediate action must take place even though your court date can be set for up to two months in the future. You must request a hearing within 10 days of the arrest for the DMV to stay the suspension of your driving privileges pending the outcome of the hearing or if you fit specific criteria, you can install an Ignition Interlock Device on your vehicle and then avoid a 30-day hard suspension. At the Law Office of James M. Taylor, we will request a hearing in order to receive all documentation of your results and drug tests. We can even go as far as to issue subpoenas for the records of the machines used during your alcohol blood level testing.
Due to the commitment and dedication of a skilled DUI attorney, almost 30% of all arrests avoid convictions. In other circumstances where a conviction takes place, it may not result in jail time for the offender. You have options. At our law firm, we will take care of each step, making your chances of avoiding a DUI conviction increase dramatically.
Most people are unaware that a DUI conviction will last for 10 years on your driving record, affecting you for a long amount of time. Do not make the mistake of pleading guilty without consulting a DUI attorney. This mistake could leave you stranded without a license for up to three years with no chance of getting a work restriction.
To speak to us about your DUI law concerns, contact our office by phone at (951) 849-2081 or complete our online contact form. Initial consultations are free and confidential.