Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions after being arrested for DUI in San Diego
These are just some common questions asked by people who have been arrested for DUI in San Diego that we come across often at DUI Crew. If you have any other questions or concerns, or would just like to talk to a lawyer call us today at (619) 500-9939
The answer is yes. Dui Crew has an extensive track record of fighting and winning DUI cases. It is not only possible to get DUI charges reduced, but in some cases we are able to get them entirely dismissed. A number of DUI defenses have proven successful in prior cases including challenging blood alcohol concentration measurements and arguing constitutional violations.
DUI Crew will systematically review police reports for inconsistencies and lapses in procedures. We will also request complete disclosure regarding the device used to test your blood alcohol level, the personnel involved in the maintenance and operation of the device, and the lab certification.
- Incarceration from a few days in county jail to many years in state prison
- Probation, either formal (with a probation officer) or informal
- Monetary damages in the form of fines, penalties, and restitution
- Restriction, suspension or revocation of your California Driver License
- Mandatory attendance at treatment programs
- Car impoundment
- Installation of ignition interlock device
The imposition and severity of these various DUI penalties can vary depending on prior DUI convictions and the circumstances of the current case.
In addition to state sanctions, DUI convictions almost always result in significantly higher insurance premiums, and in some cases can affect your employment.
On your ticket, or somewhere in your paperwork, the date, time and location of your first court appearance will be listed. If you have not hired an attorney by then, you must attend court on that date and time. After the attorney-represented cases the judge will begin calling on the non-attorney cases.
The judge will ask you to enter a plea to the charges. At this time you must plead either not guilty or guilty. Depending on your plea, the judge will ask you several questions to determine whether you want to waive your constitutional rights, including your right to a speedy trial.
If you plead guilty, it is likely the judge will pass sentence immediately. Depending on the charges you are facing, the county you are charged in, and the specific judge, this sentence may vary. Most DUI crimes require, at minimum, some time in jail or a program in lieu of jail time, a drinking driver program, a substantial fine, and probation.
After you are arrested for a California DUI, you are facing two different proceedings – the DMV and the courts. You must contact the California DMV to request an Administrative Hearing within 10 days of arrest to protect your driving privileges. Even if you spent time in jail, or it was a weekend, you still only have 10 days to request an Administrative Hearing. Temporary driver licenses issued to DUI defendants will expire after 30 days, but driving privileges will be extended until a DMV hearing has been held and a decision is rendered.
If you win the California DMV hearing, your driving privileges will be protected until the courts render a decision (which can also be favorable).
- Who was driving the vehicle
- Whether the police officer had “reasonable cause” to pull over and arrest the driver (which can be a complicated legal question)
- Whether the driver had a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or above (which is open to many challenges)
There are a number of potential costs that come with a DUI including court costs, fines, attorney fees, expert witnesses, traffic school, and increased insurance premiums. Even in the best of circumstances where all charges are dropped, once arrested for a DUI you should expect to pay a minimum of several thousand dollars for various expenses. More complex DUI cases can exceed ten thousand dollars after insurance, fines, and defense fees are included.
DUI Crew reviews these circumstances during a Free DUI Defense Consultation, which allows you to know exactly what your attorney fees will be before retaining us.
For over several years, we have been committed to providing premium DUI defense at affordable rates. DUI defense is what we specialize in, and we do it well.
You will get the DUI attorneys who know the law, have a proven track record of successful DUI defense, and are willing to go the distance for you.
If you are charged with a DUI in San Diego, call DUI Crew today!