If this is your first time being arrested for a
DUI crime you may have a lot of questions about the process and the possible
penalties. When you were arrested the officer most likely took your license
away and now is the time for you to request an administrative hearing
in order to challenge a license suspension. You may be found guilty at
this hearing and your license can be suspended but it is worth a shot.
This hearing is with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in CA and
it is called a DMV hearing. The hearing will review the evidence related
to the suspension of your license. You can present a testimony and have
witnesses speak for you and the judge will make a decision if the suspension
is lawful and if there was probable cause from the arresting officer.
Another hearing you should expect to take place is the hearing in criminal
court in which you will plead guilty or not guilty and defend yourself
in court. It is important to have aggressive and knowledgeable legal representation
from a San Diego DUI lawyer throughout this process to ensure that your
rights are fought for. The penalties for a first DUI offense are strict,
you could face all of the following punishments in CA:
- A jail sentence from four days to six months
- A fine between $390-$1,000 plus penalties
- A penalty assessment which could be three times the amount of the fine
- A License suspension for up to six months
- DUI program completion
- A reinstatement fee for your driver's license of $125
- Filing a proof of financial responsibility with the DMV
You may also have to install an ignition interlock device in your car if
convicted so that you are unable to operate while under the influence.
There are circumstances in which experienced legal counsel can help you
fight for a lesser offense than a DUI. There are plea bargains such as
"wet reckless" driving or "reckless driving" convictions
that hold lesser penalties than a DUI conviction.
Seeking a lawyer for your DUI case in San Diego, CA?
The various hearings can be stressful and with this much at stake it is
imperative to have a San Diego DUI attorney by your side. Our lawyers
are familiar with the paperwork and court processes that follow being
arrested for a DUI. We know how to build a strong defense and cross-examine
the DMV and arguments against our clients. After representing hundreds
of clients facing DUI charges in San Diego we can pick out the flaws in
the evidence and help our clients fight for lower charges. If you are
first DUI offense team up with a DUI lawyer by
calling The Law Offices of Kerry L. Armstrong, APLC as soon as possible.