What to do Right After a DUI Arrest in California

October 11, 2017 by Michael Poole in DUI  
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What to do Right After a DUI Arrest in California

According to the right after a DUI arrest in California, there are a few things you should do directly after being arrested for a DUI in California to ensure that you will face the minimum punishment and fines.

1. Contact the DMV

The sole purpose of the DMV DUI hearing is to determine whether or not your driver’s license will be suspended as a result of being charged with a DUI. Unlike the criminal court hearing, the DMV Hearing is much more relaxed and you should generally have an easier time proving your innocence.

Schedule a DMV DUI Administrative Hearing at your local DMV Driver Safety Branch.

2. Obtain and Review the Police Report

The Police Report is available on your first court date. This court date is listed at the bottom of the ticket you were given.

3. Educate Yourself About Your DUI Defense Options

You have 3 choices:

  • represent yourself
  • obtain a public defender
  • or hire an attorney

You may request a 2 to 3 week continuance to decide. Clearly your best chance of beating your case is to hire a criminal defense attorney.

It can be argued that the single most important thing to do after you’ve been arrested for a DUI is to hire a criminal defense attorney. DUI cases can be confusing and intimidating and it pays to have an attorney who knows the best DUI defense for your individual case.

An attorney will advise you on what steps to take to ensure the minimum punishment while keeping you informed about what’s happening in regards to your case. Hiring an attorney will bring peace of mind in these troubling times.

4. Know Your Court Options

Essentially, unless your case can be dismissed by a good DUI attorney, you will either accept a plea deal, or take the case to trial. There are advantages and disadvantages to both, and it’s best to consult a DUI Attorney ​to find the best route for your case.

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If you or a loved one is being charged with a California DUI in the Greater Los Angeles Area, we invite you to contact us immediately for a free case review. Schedule an appointment to meet with us in person, or feel free to submit an evaluation online and we will get in contact with you ASAP. We can provide a free consultation in our office located in Century City, or by phone. Our experienced and assiduous attorneys will be sure to fight until the end to reduce or drop your charges completely.

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How to Win Your Case

We cannot stress enough that you read, understand and follow these 10 basic rules if you are criminally charged or under investigation:

  1. Don’t ever talk to the police
  2. Do not discuss your case with anyone
  3. Everything you tell your lawyer is confidential
  4. Tell police you need to contact your attorney
  5. Never consent to any search by the police
  6. If the police knock on your door, don't answer!
  7. Realize the consequences of a criminal conviction
  8. Your lawyer (not you) will contact any witnesses
  9. Information on your cell phone is evidence
  10. Early Intervention is the key

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