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DUI Frequently Asked Questions

I've been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI). What's going to happen?

My driver's license was taken by the officer. Is there any way I can have it returned to me?

What happens if I refuse to take a chemical test?

What are the penalties for a DUI conviction in California?

What should I expect in court proceedings?

Is there any way my DUI charge can be reduced to a lesser offense?

Why should I reach out to the California DUI defense legal team at The Amer Law Firm?






Q: I've been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI). What's going to happen?

A: The arresting officer is legally obligated to send the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) the arrest report, any blood alcohol content test results, a completed notice of suspension or revocation form, and any confiscated driver license. The DMV decides whether to uphold the suspension or revocation order based on this information.

If the DMV decides to uphold the suspension or revocation order, you will be given 10 days to request a hearing to contest the decision. If you successfully argue your case in the hearing, the DMV will notify you in writing that the suspension or revocation order is set aside.

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Q: My driver's license was taken by the officer. Is there any way I can have it returned to me?

A: If you receive a license suspension or revocation order, you will need to wait out the period specified in the order before you can get your driver's license back. Additionally, you will need to pay a reissue fee of $125, or $100 if you are under 21, and provide proof of financial responsibility. If the suspension or revocation order is determined to be unfounded, you will get your license back promptly.

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Q: What happens if I refuse to take a chemical test?

A: You are obligated by California's implied consent law to submit to the test. If you refuse, you will be automatically subjected to a substantial fine and license suspension. Even first time offenders receive a one-year license suspension period for refusal alone.

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Q: What are the penalties for a DUI conviction in California?

A: A DUI conviction is a serious matter and may result in the following penalties:

In addition to the above penalties, a DUI conviction may lead to significantly more expensive car insurance and lost employment opportunities.

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Q: What should I expect in court proceedings?

A: You will be given a court date on your ticket or some other piece of paperwork. Unless you have an attorney request a change, you will have to attend court on the specified date.

In the courtroom, your case will likely be processed with numerous others. The judge will ask you whether you want to plead guilty or not guilty. If you plead guilty, you will probably receive an immediate sentence. The sentence may vary depending on the circumstances of your case, the county, and the judge. At the very least, you will be sentenced to complete mandatory classes, pay an exorbitant fine, and carry out probation.

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Q: Is there any way my DUI charge can be reduced to a lesser offense?

A: If your blood alcohol content (BAC) was on the borderline of the legal limit at the time of arrest, no accident was involved, and your record is clean, you may be offered a plea bargain of "wet reckless," which is definitely preferable to a DUI since it carries significantly less severe penalties. However, you should know that a wet reckless counts as a prior DUI offense towards any subsequent drunk driving violations. Also, your insurance company may treat your wet reckless the same as a DUI.

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Q: Why should I reach out to the California DUI defense legal team at The Amer Law Firm?

A: At The Amer Law Firm, we have gained a deep familiarity with DUI proceedings after years and years of practice. We will work hard to contest the prosecution's case and have your charges dropped. If that is not possible, then we will use our skills in negotiation to try and net you a lesser charge along with significantly reduced penalties. To learn more about your legal rights and options, call us today at (866) 431-2637.

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