What Happens After an Arrest
Following a DUI arrest, the arresting officer must immediately forward a copy of the notice of suspension or license revocation to the Department of Motor Vehicles. The DMV will review all field sobriety tests, blood or breath tests and the revocation or suspension orders. Once all of the necessary paperwork has been received to the DMV, you will have ten days to contest your DUI charge.
If you have been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, it is important that you understand the charges against you and get in touch with a San Jose criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. When you work with my firm, I will fully investigate the conditions leading to your arrest, examine if the stop was legitimate and challenge any breath or blood tests that may have been administered. Many people who have been arrested for a DUI are initially asked to participate in a field sobriety test. These tests are not clear indicators on blood alcohol levels and can be contested.
What penalties am I facing?
Drunk driving penalties are incredibly harsh. If you were arrested, jail or prison time, fines and license suspension will vary depending on the number of prior offenses you may already have. First time offenders may be facing up to six months in jail, $2,600 in fines and a 10 month license suspension. If this is not your first offense, you may be facing up to one year in jail, $18,000 in fines and a license suspension of up to three years. The state of California also works on an implied consent law, which means that if you refuse to adhere to the breath or blood test, you are considered automatically guilty and will have your license suspended.
Obtain Guidance from a San Jose DUI Lawyer
Have you been accused of driving under the influence? It is important that you contact a San Jose DUI attorney as soon as possible. Many people assume that there is no way to get out of DUI charges, but the truth is that you may be able to receive reduced charges or be acquitted altogether. If you are questioning the legitimacy of your case, or the conditions that you were stopped under, you need to contact a San Jose criminal lawyer as soon as possible. I offer free case evaluations to all potential clients and can help you build a strong defense for your DUI charges.