Being arrested for a DUI is one of the most stressful situations that a person can endure. Given the level of stress involved, many California drivers will sometimes do things that are not in their best interests. Therefore, we thought it would be useful to share some tips about what you should do following a DUI arrest. If you follow these tips, you have the best chance of achieving the best possible outcome in your DUI case.

What to Do at the Station

When the officers tell you that anything you say or do can be used against you, they mean it. So, make sure that you keep control of your emotions and that you don’t do or say anything that will give the prosecutor additional ammunition for the case that he or she will make against you. Simply comply with the requests that are made of you, and do not make any incriminating statements. Remember that California’s DUI laws require you to submit to a chemical test; do not refuse it. You do not, however, have to submit to more than one.

What to Do After Leaving the Station

The first item on your agenda after you’ve been left to your own recognizance is to hire a qualified and experienced California DUI attorney. I’m here for you, and I’ve had years of experiencing representing California residents just like yourself in their DUI cases. Give me a call at (760) 613-5384‬, and we can review the facts of your case.

Dealing With the DMV is the First Order of Business

After you’ve been released, there will be two separate aspects of your DUI case that you will need to deal with: the administrative aspect and the criminal aspect. The administrative aspect is what you will need to attend to first. Following your arrest, you are given a 10-day period in which you can challenge the DMV’s suspension of your license. Therefore, it’s important that this be dealt with as soon as possible. After you’ve hired me to represent you, I can arrange a hearing with the DMV and fight to have your license suspension overturned.

The Criminal Component of Your DUI Case Is Next

Even if we are successful at overturning the suspension of your driver’s license with the DMV, the criminal component of your case will still need to be attended to. There are a number of different defenses that can be used to try to get the charges against you thrown out or reduced. For example, we can challenge the veracity of the chemical test that was administered to you in the station. We can also challenge the reasons that an officer pulled you over in the first place.

You may or may not have to attend the initial hearings in your case, which will be the time when pre-trial motions are submitted to have your case dismissed. If you are a first-time offender, or if the case against you is relatively minor, you will most likely not have to attend. However, if you are facing felony charges, or if you are a repeat DUI offender, then your attendance will likely be mandatory. Either way, I will be there to make sure that your interests are represented to the fullest extent possible.

Let Me Help You!

Choosing to go it alone when dealing with your DUI case is the worst mistake you can make. While the prosecutor may want you to believe that you have no options, you almost always do. I can help to pursue your interests to the fullest extent possible, and I can ensure that you face the lowest penalties – if any at all – possible in your case.