Arrested for DUI? The consequences might be worse than you think. Approximately, one million people are arrested for driving under the influence each year. But this high number does not exonerate offenders from the penalties associated with driving under the influence. DUIs are not allegations treated lightly by the court or by law officers. Important aspects of your life, such as your driving record and your insurance rate, can be adversely affected. Need a lawyer for a DUI case in Rancho Cucamonga? If you have been charged with a DUI, our firm understands what a scary time this can be.
In California, when charged with a DUI, you only have 10 days to act! From the time you are arrested, you only have this short window of time to request a DMV hearing before losing your license. You need to seek help immediately to get the legal representation and counsel you need. Don't let your future hang in the balance.
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While two-thirds of DUI arrests involve first time DUI offenders, law officers take hard-hitting measures against DUI charges. This means that even for one offense, you can face jail time, probation, and fines. The DMV can also suspend your license for a duration of time, the length of which is dependent on the circumstances surrounding your DUI. You can be charged with either a misdemeanor or a felony.
First Time DUI
While repeated offenders are prosecuted more harshly, first time offenders are not let off the hook. A first time offender can feel the repercussions just as strongly and incur many of the same penalties. A general practice lawyer may not have the expertise that you need to represent you; you need an experienced DUI attorney.
Breath & Blood Tests
A DUI attorney can obtain the calibration records, maintenance history, and accuracy checks of the machine that performed your chemical test. A DUI lawyer can also examine your blood sample for independent testing.
Field Sobriety Test
A qualified DUI lawyer can successfully challenge the logic of a field sobriety test, which forces an already nervous person to have to "perform" for an officer in order to be rendered innocent.
The DMV hearing is a proceeding regarding your suspended driver's license. The following issues will be discussed in a DMV hearing: were you violating Vehicle Code Section 23140, 23152, or 23153? Were you lawfully arrested? Were you driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08% or more?
Multiple DUI refers to a 2nd, 3rd, or 4th offense. This allegation correlates to a longer stay in jail, larger fines, time in a drug/alcohol treatment program, and a driver's license suspension for several years.
Driver's License Suspension
Driver's license suspension is a common repercussion in California for driving under the influence. If a license is revoked in one state, it's extremely likely that another state will not issue you a license as well. First time DUI offenders can apply for a restricted license.
Underage DUI has serious consequences including: paying exorbitant fines, impounding the car, attending drug / alcohol and driver's education classes, completing community service, revoking of driving privilege, jail time, and probation.
DUI of Drugs
Vehicle Code §23152(a) specifically discusses driving under the influence of drugs. As part of a criminal conviction, one's license can be revoked. DUI of drugs is evaluated differently than a standard DUI but has many, similar penalties.
DUI with Injury
A DUI with injury can change the offense from a misdemeanor to a felony. This violates California Vehicle Code §23153. The charges pressed depend largely on the extent of the injuries sustained.
Out of State DUI
If you are driving in California with an out of state driver's license and are charged with an out of state DUI, the officer can take away your privilege to drive in California for 30 days. The California DMV is then notified, and you have ten days to challenge this allegation and receive a DMV hearing. Out of state drivers and California residents are both treated the same during a DUI process. Once you return to your home state, due to the Interstate Driver's License Compact your driver's license will most likely be adversely impacted.
A commercial driver's license (CDL) DUI can affect you legally and professionally. Normally for you to receive a CDL after a DUI conviction, it takes several years. While you can be given a temporary license after a DUI, this does not apply to a commercial driver's license.
Felony DUI involves bodily harm to an individual. Also, many states press felony charges, if an offender recently had a DUI on his record. The difference between these two charges corresponds to a longer sentence. While a misdemeanor DUI means you can spend several days in jail, a felony DUI means you can expect a longer term in prison.
Leaving the Scene
The stakes are that much higher if you are charged with a DUI and a hit and run. If you were involved in an accident while driving under the influence that resulted in injuries or death and you fled the scene, you can face felony charges.
Vehicular manslaughter is when an individual is driving under the influence and causes the death of a human being. Questions that will be considered in court include: Did a death occur? Was the death caused by the vehicle under the operation of the defendant? Was the defendant under the influence of alcohol?
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If you choose to entrust your case to us, you can count on us to represent you to the best of our abilities and to be a reassuring, helpful source you can turn to. We have helped others who have faced charges similar to yours, and we can help you today!