Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) is a serious crime that can carry severe fines and penalties in California. These may include suspension or revocation of a driver’s license, payment of fines, and court costs. They also include attendance at education or treatment programs, installation of an ignition interlock device, community service, jail or probation.
If you want to avoid or reduce these consequences, it is best not to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. But if you have already been arrested or charged for a DUI, we give you some tips that can help you deal with this situation:
Request an administrative hearing before the DMV
When you are arrested for a DUI, the police officer takes away your driver’s license and gives you a temporary suspension notice. You have ten days to request an administrative hearing with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and try to get your license back.
At this hearing, you can present evidence or witnesses that support your defense, such as that the officer did not have probable cause to stop you, that the breathalyzer was not calibrated correctly, or that you had a medical condition that affected the test result.
Hire a DUI Lawyer
An expert DUI lawyer can represent you in both the administrative hearing and the criminal process. A lawyer can analyze your case, identify possible errors or violations of your rights, negotiate with the prosecutor for a reduction in charges or sentences, or even achieve a dismissal of the case, depending on the circumstances.
An attorney can also advise you on options you have to minimize the impact of a DUI on your life, such as applying for a restricted license, participating in a diversion program, or serving an alternative sentence.
Complies with all orders and conditions imposed
If you are convicted of a DUI, you must comply with all orders and conditions imposed by the court and the DMV. This may include paying fines and costs, attending classes or therapy, installing an ignition interlock device, community service, jail or probation.
Complying with these obligations will allow you to demonstrate your good behavior and willingness to rehabilitate yourself, which can favor your legal and personal situation. Additionally, it will help you avoid more serious consequences, such as revoking your license, increasing penalties, or violating your probation.