If you blew under the legal limit in Los Angeles County I wouldn't hire a lawyer so long as you are 21 or older even though I am a DUI attorney. I would go to the arraignment and see if they are even going to file the case against you. Rest assured, they can still file the under the influence count if they feel you were impaired to such a degree you could no longer operate the motor vehicle with the caution characteristic of a sober person. It has been my experience, with certain exceptions,...
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You should consult an attorney experienced and dedicated to DUI defense immediately. You have a 10 day deadline with the DMV to secure an APS hearing. A 2nd offense DUI requires minimum jail time in California so hiring the best attorney you can afford is the easy decision to make here.
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I would hold off hiring a lawyer and appear in court by yourself if your case was in Los Angeles County. Anywhere else I would hire the best lawyer you can afford.
So long as you have no other holds and not on DUI probation for your second DUI you are eligible after six (6) months to request a restricted license. You have to be enrolled in your multiple offender program, have your SR-22 on file with DMV, have an ignition interlock device installed on the car and pay a $125 re-issuance fee to DMV.