Archive for April 2018

Arrested for DUI in Oroville Chico Paradise Butte County California – Now What?

So you or somebody you know has been arrested for driving under the influence (aka driving while intoxicated) or DUI or DWI for short. What do you do now? Well, the things to do will be different for different people and their different circumstances. Most people reading this will have already been booked and released with a date and time to appear in court. One thing that everybody should be aware of is that the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) almost always takes action against your privilege to drive a motor vehicle in California — if arrested for driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) or breath alcohol concentration (BrAC) of 0.08% or greater. If that’s the case, you need to calculate right away the date that is 10 days from the date you were arrested. That’s your deadline to request a hearing with the DMV to dispute the suspension of your driver’s license. If that 10 day deadline is blown, expect your driver’s license suspension to go into effect 30 days from the date of your arrest. Notice of this is almost always part of the paperwork you are given when released a few hours after your arrest. So you should have the paperwork that more fully explains this. DMV hearings are conducted under exacting procedures. While it’s possible to do it yourself, it is highly inadvisable. Consequently, most people will have their lawyer deal with the DMV. Which is why the next thing you should do is hire a lawyer with a focus on criminal and DUI defense within 10 days of your arrest.