Arrested For DUI? California Law Exerts Harsh Penalties
Filed under: DUI ATTORNEYS
When Randy Snyder saw the lights flashing on his way home from a party last New Year’s Eve, he knew that he was in trouble. He had just been pulled over for a DUI. California law is harsh when it comes to drunk driving.
The police officer gave Randy a “field sobriety test” and then took him to the station for a blood alcohol test. Then Randy was placed in jail to “dry out” until the next day.
But the case was just starting. The arrest initiated two separate cases. A DUI in California gets filed in both criminal court and with the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles. Randy had just 10 days to contest the suspension of his driver’s license with the DMV.
The courts in California no longer have the power to suspend or revoke a driver’s license in a DUI case. That power now lies solely with the DMV. That is why it was so critical that Randy retained a DUI attorney just two days after his arrest. If he had waited any longer, it would have been too late for the attorney to file the necessary paperwork to challenge the suspension.
But the nightmare wasn’t over yet. Randy had to take time off work to go to court. The lawyer worked out a plea agreement so that Randy wouldn’t have to spend any more time in jail. But he was ordered to attend a 52 week alcohol course, which he found quite intrusive into his life.
Randy is certain that he will never drive drunk again. But he knows that he got off a lot lighter than he would have if he hadn’t retained an attorney right away.