First Time DUI Attorney in Contra Costa County
Surprising Facts You May Not Know about Your First Time DUI Charge
Contra Costa County DUI attorney Anthony Blalock aims to keep our clients informed and armed with everything they need to understand about their DUI case. For example, many DUI clients arrested for the first time don't know that they must request a hearing with the DMV within ten days of their arrest or their license will be automatically suspended.
Find out more about your DUI case by contacting The Blalock Law Firm, PC at (925) 259-3270. We are proud to be the trusted source for targeted DUI defense and offer free consultations to help you get started.
Protecting Your Rights During a DUI Stop
If you’ve been pulled over by an officer who suspects you’ve been drinking, there are things you can do to ensure that your rights are protected and that you aren’t inadvertently giving the officer any self-incriminating information.
During a DUI stop, you should do the following:
- Politely refuse taking a field sobriety test
- Provide only basic information, such as name, age, and address
- Remain silent when asked questions regarding how much you’ve had to drink
- Contact an attorney if the stop leads to an arrest
Do You Lose Your License For Your First DUI in California?
You will automatically lose your license for your first DUI in California. A Judge, however, does not impose this suspension. Instead, upon your conviction, the court notifies the DMV and the DMV imposes the suspension. Significantly, if you get the DUI charge reduced to reckless driving or to an offense other than driving under the influence, then there is no court-triggered license suspension. The California DMV usually allows defendants to continue driving anywhere during their license suspension if they agree to install an ignition interlock device in their cars. In the event you decide to take your DUI case to trial and it results in a mistrial, hung jury or “not guilty” verdict, then no court triggered license suspension will take place.
What is the DMV-Triggered License Suspension?
Immediately after being arrested on a first time DUI offense, you will be given just ten days in which to request a DMV hearing from the California Department of Motor Vehicles, and therefore, put a temporary hold/stay on the suspension of your license. However, if no hearing is requested, the DMV may then be able to automatically proceed with the suspension of your driver’s license. Significantly, only individuals arrested for DUI with a BAC of .08 or higher face such an administrative driver’s license suspension.
Don't Know Where to Start? Begin Here.
At your free initial consultation, we'll put your mind at ease and offer to fax the DMV Hearing Request free. We know your head is probably spinning with anxiety, confusion, and unease and we enjoy being able to lift this burden from our clients, as it gives you a first step forward.
After we've faxed the DMV, we'll form a plan as to how we will navigate your charges. We'll evaluate:
- The circumstances leading up to your arrest. Did the officer have reasonable suspicion to initially detain you and the probable cause necessary to legally arrest you? What was your actual BAC at the time of driving (not later when tested)? Were you taking any medications that might conflict with that reading?
- Whether or not anyone was injured as a result of your alleged DUI. The court will also want to know if you allegedly put anyone else immediately in danger as passengers.
- Your actual charges and the demands the court is putting on you, including court dates, fines, and any future hearings. Most first-time DUI offenders are placed on years of probation, ordered to pay $2,000+ in fines, required to attend months of DUI classes, sentenced to jail time, and possibly install an Ignition Interlock Device, although each case is unique in its resolution.
You're not alone, even though these charges may seem daunting. Find a friend in our team at The Blalock Law Firm, PC. Consult with our experienced Contra Costa County DUI attorney Anthony Blalock about your first-time DUI today. Call (925) 259-3270.