The DUI Process
Knowledgeable Murrieta DUI Attorneys - (951) 506-6654
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.
Contact the team at
Hanson, Gorian, Bradford & Hanich to find out how we can help.
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
- Try to protect you from additional charges or penalties
- 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
- Negotiate a plea bargain
- Help obtain alternative sentences that do not include jail time
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.
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.