The DUI Process
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If you’ve been arrested on suspicion of a DUI, your driver’s license is in imminent danger. You have an extremely limited amount of time to protect your license from automatic suspension, so it is important to act quickly. Find out more about the DUI process in California, and don’t hesitate to speak to one of our Murrieta DUI lawyers to begin your defense today.
Step 1: Contact the DMV Immediately
Once you’ve been arrested for a DUI, it is very likely that the officer will take your driver’s license away and issue you a 30-day temporary license.
If you do not call the DMV within 10 days of your arrest, your license will automatically be suspended at the end of the 30-day period.
Stay Request and DMV Hearing
A stay request and a hearing can give you more time to retain your driver’s license and allows you to fight the suspension of your license. Your attorney can help you call the correct offices to make these requests, and can help you start the process of protecting your license.
Step 2: Obtain a Copy of the Police Report
Requesting a copy of the police report regarding your arrest is important for your lawyer to review. They will be able to begin planning your defense if they know what the officer has specifically said about the arrest. Your police report should include:
- The reason you were stopped
- The officer’s opinion of your driving
- Your objective symptoms of impairment
- Your performance on field sobriety tests
- Your answers to the officer’s questions
- Your blood test results
- Your breath test results and the serial number of the machine
Your police report will usually be available at your first court date, which is listed on your ticket. You may also request a copy from the DMV 10 days prior to your DMV hearing. Your lawyer can help you request and obtain a copy of your report.
Step 3: Choose Your Legal Defense
If you haven’t already, you should get in contact with an experienced DUI defense attorney. You should speak to a few lawyers and find one that you feel comfortable with, has the necessary experience, and is affordable. Your attorney can:
- Assess the case and counsel you
- Represent you in court
- Handle your DMV hearings to protect your driver’s license
- Conduct an Investigation and Discovery to evaluate the evidence against you
- Help obtain alternative sentences that do not include jail time
- Try to protect you from additional charges or penalties
- Negotiate a plea bargain
Step 4: Go to Court or Negotiate
Your attorney can help you determine your best option to resolve your case. For some, it may be best to face a jury trial and defend your case in court. For others, it may be best to negotiate a plea bargain, where you will plead guilty in exchange for a reduced sentence. Your lawyer can review your case and advise you as to your best options, and help you ensure that you receive the lightest possible penalties.
At Hanson, Gorian, Bradford & Hanich, we are prepared to take on your DUI case, no matter how complex it may be. Our experienced team of Murrieta DUI defense attorneys can help you protect your driver’s license and your freedom. Learn more by requesting a free initial consultation.
Contact our offices today. Call (951) 506-6654.