If you are facing drunk driving charges in California, you will have to defend against the criminal charges brought by the state prosecutors in court as well as against the DMV’s attempt to suspend your driving license. If you get convicted of a driving under the influence (DUI), the consequences and penalties depend on various factors.
Below are some frequently asked questions by clients during their initial case consultations after a DUI arrest:
- Can I get my car released if it was impounded by the police?
You can get your car released from impound after you have paid the release fees and showed proof of ownership after a standard DUI arrest. However, if you were involved in some other serious offense as well, such as a possession of drugs or a fatal crash, your car may be kept as evidence until all necessary investigations have been completed.
- When will I be released from jail?
Most people are released from jail within a few hours after a DUI arrest. In most cases, you will not be required to make bail in order to get released from jail, especially if it is your first offense. However, it is in your best interest to immediately hire a Central Valley DUI defense attorney to guide you through the process.
- Will my driver’s license get suspended?
Following a DUI arrest, your driver’s license remains valid for 30 days even though it gets confiscated by the police. You will be issued a temporary license after your release from jail. This temporary license will also be your official notice to request a hearing within the next 10 days to the DMV to contest your suspension.
- What happens for a First-Time DUI?
As a first time DUI offender, you will be subject to:
- 3 years of informal probation upon conviction
- Fines of approximately $2,000
- Having to undergo a first offender 30-hour alcohol program
Call an Experienced Central Valley DUI Attorney
If you or someone you care about has been arrested on the suspicion of drunk driving, it is imperative that you immediately hire an experienced drunk driving attorney to help protect your legal rights and ensure that you have the best defense possible to avoid a drunk driving conviction.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with Fresno drunk driving attorney Gurjit Srai, please call us at (209) 323-5558.