Being pulled over by police and cited for driving under the influence (DUI) can turn your world upside down. Instantly you are plunged into the “the system” which can be very overwhelming and downright scary. At that point you need to contact an attorney because the difference in handing a DUI case properly and improperly can be the difference between paying thousands of dollars in fines, losing your driving privilege and even jail time.
Our defense attorneys take a detailed and aggressive approach towards drunk driving cases has yielded amazing results for our clients. Whether it is your first arrest, or you have multiple priors, there are things you need to know when facing a drunk driving charge.
Drunk Driving Hearing With DMV
This is one of the most overlooked aspects of a DUI arrest and is also one of the most important. It can mean the difference between having the right to drive and losing that right for an extended period of time. The most important thing you need to know about a Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Administrative hearing is that you need to act fast. A person arrested for drunk driving is given a temporary license by the arresting police agency that allows them to drive for ten days. Within that ten day period you have to contact the DMV and request a hearing on whether or not your license should be suspended and for how long. Failure to request such a hearing will result in automatic suspension for four months or up to a year depending on the circumstances.
The Sigal Law Group can do all of that for you and also represent you at that hearing as part of our service included in any DUI retainer. At that hearing we will zealously fight for you to retain your license and you driving privileges. In addition, these hearings are often times a good tool to conduct “discovery” or investigative work on your case because it gives us an indication of what information the police and the prosecutor will have against you when we go to court.
Even for those cases where the DMV suspends your license, it is still possible to obtain a restricted license that will allow you to travel to work or school for the duration of your suspension. The most important thing is to act fast and not let your rights slip away.
DUI Court Cases
Once your case comes before the California Courts whether it is in Los Angeles, Van Nuys or any of the other criminal court's in the southern California area that is when an experienced, aggressive attorney will make all the difference. A lot of people will tell you that a driving under the influence case is pretty straight forward and once you are arrested you are basically assured of being convicted. That is not true! Don't forget that it is up to the prosecution to prove you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. In that regard, we feel that when we go into court we have the advantage.
There are many ways to resolve a DUI case and not all of them need to end with a conviction. Over the years, we have had exceptional results that often times had our clients walk away unscathed by the entire ordeal. The faster you act the better your chances are. So call the Sigal Law Group today and speak with a Van Nuys DUI lawyer.