I Have Been Arrested for a DUI. What Next?
ACT NOW: You have 10 days to contact the DMV to try and save your license. Get the legal help you need from top Los Angeles DUI Attorney Meital Manzuri
If you were arrested for drunk driving, it can be charged as a felony* if:
- You caused injury or death to another person
- You have 3 or more previous convictions of a DUI or a “wet reckless” within the last ten (10) years or
- You have at least one prior felony DUI conviction.
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When it comes to DUI cases, there is always a way to fight it. There is always room for error when it comes to either the Blood tests or breathalyzers not being conducive, or even the potential of a Medication interfering with the testing results for Blood Alcohol Content (BAC). These are just some examples that Manzuri Law would exploit to win your cases.
If you end up receiving a DUI, you are bound to end up losing your driver's license for a certain period of time. The time span can go from 30 days to several years, depending on if you have a prior DUI, wet reckless convictions, or even whether you refused to take the DUI blood or breath test.
The potential of losing your license is something that we, in California, dread the most. Sure, there are other means of transportation, but once you've gotten use to your own comfort and personal space, why not continue with what you know and what you love.
If someone continues to drive with a suspended license and gets pulled over, the offense will be so severe, that the penalties will increase and there will be mandatory time spent in jail. Who wants that?
For any DUI case, our firm takes the most initiative with making sure every part of the investigation was done lawfully and that your rights were protected the entire time. This is why we want to make sure you are in the right hands. The story starts with you and ends with you.
Severe Consequences of a Felony DUI Conviction:
- Driver's license suspension for several years
- Hefty fines
- Considerable time in California State Prison
* Even though all DUIs cause stress, inconvenience, and heartache, a felony DUI is life-altering. If you have been arrested for a felony DUI, an aggressive and skilled DUI attorney is necessary to help you beat it.
If you have been bailed out or released on your Own Recognizance (O.R.), you will be given your first court date and usually be given a pink form that is your temporary license. From the date of the release, you have 10 days to contact the DMV and reserve a hearing to try and keep your license from being suspended. If you hire a lawyer within these 10 days, he or she will usually reserve this hearing for you and also represent you in the DMV hearing. To be clear, the DMV hearing is separate from the court date — the DMV and the court are two separate entities. Your DMV case may be influenced by the outcome of your court case, but it is in no way directly related.
Most DUIs are charged as misdemeanors and carry less severe penalties and fines than a Felony DUI. Although most lawyers can help get your license back with minimal suspension time and reduce the fines, the skill of an attorney in a misdemeanor is in helping ensure you are not ultimately convicted of a “standard DUI”.
Consequences of a standard DUI:
- DUI stays on your record for 10 years
- It is “probable,” meaning if you get another DUI within that 10-year period the consequences are great
- You will have to file an SR 22 with the DMV, resulting in possible license restrictions as well as a skyrocketing insurance bill
- A fine of thousands of dollars
- License suspension
Under the law, there are two sections for driving under the influence: 1) Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content of over .08% and 2) Driving while impaired. Thus, you can be charged with part 2 if you were allegedly under the influence of drugs while driving. A drug-related DUI can be charged as a misdemeanor or as a felony.
Your attorney will best advise you on the specific circumstances of your case, as every DUI is different. If, for example, the alleged DUI is for marijuana or is otherwise unrelated to alcohol, you will have a completely different case than an alcohol-related DUI. Drug-related DUIs, specifically marijuana, are based on toxicology reports rather than a breath test. Also, since impairment due to drugs is more difficult to prove, a skilled lawyer will have a lot more leverage when negotiating your case.
Call experienced Los Angeles DUI attorneys at Manzuri Law if you have been convicted of an alcohol or drug related DUI.