Without the help of an experienced DUI lawyer, this process can quickly become overwhelming and exhausting. A DUI attorney from our firm will be able to guide you through each of these steps, advising you on what action to take every step of the way.
1. After being arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, your driver’s license is immediately sent to the California DMV. Unless you request a DMV hearing within 10 days of your arrest, the DMV will automatically suspend your license. This process is completely separate from the court proceedings.
2. The arraignment is the first step of your court proceedings. During this hearing, the prosecutor will give you the state’s first offer and an opportunity to enter a plea.
3. If you plead not guilty, your DUI lawyer can begin reviewing the case against you. He or she will look for any signs of flawed police investigations, inaccurate scientific calculations or faulty equipment.
4. Once this is complete, the proceedings will move to pre-trial motions and plea bargains. This is the phase where the attorney will argue issues with the investigation or ask for lesser charges if applicable.
5. Most DUI cases settle prior to trial, however there are some circumstances that warrant a trial. In this case, the court proceedings become very lengthy and complex, with a jury selection, extensive case presentation, verdict and sentencing.