The most important thing for you to do, is to consult with a DUI specialist in your area to assist you in resolving your case. There are alternatives available to jail in many jurisdictions that include, electornic monitoring and residential alcohol treatment. However, only an attorney who handles DUI cases in the Fullerton area can confirm which, if any alternative is available. You can go to the Calfornia DUI Lawyers Association webstie to find a DUI specialist in Fullerton.
If you just received a warning, there are no adverse consequences. Generally, a restricted license includes driving to, from and in the course of your employment. Certainly, stopping for gas on your way home should be included.
If you drive on a suspended license and your license is suspended for a DUI related manner. You are subject to no less than 10 no more than 6 months of jail. There are jurisdictions where the courts can suspend your license further as a condition of probation. However, this can vary from county to county and court to court.
Mr. Mueller has presented all of the important issues for you to consider. I would strongly suggest you hire an attorney to petition the court for a possible reduction to a misdemeanor and subsequent motion to withdraw your plea. It will serve you well to have this handled appropriately.
Generally, a misdemeanor DUI offense will not preclude travel to the UK. There are other countries, such as Canda, that have more restrictions. To make certain, you can contact an immigration attorney in your area or the embassy.
You will have to complete the program if you wish to be licensed in California. If you are just here temporarily. you may want to consider other alternatives. You can contact DMV Mandatory Action at (916) 657-6525 to get advice directly from DMV.
In California, there is case law that allows the observation to be done in a number of ways. This includes one officer beginning the observation, followed by another officer concluding the observation. The observation does not have to be done by the officer who administered the test.
You should consult with an attorney who specializes in DUI law in your ares. There are a number of methods to determine the accuracy of the observation period that include obtaining the dispatch...
The DMV does have a right to continue the hearing, but only for good cause, as Mr. Mueller indicated. An attorney representing you would know how to object to these illegal continuances. From your post, it appears that, not only was the case continued inappropriately, but also, there are other more complex issues about whether or not the officer had reasonable cause to believe that you were DRIVING a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol of over .08%. This is the third issue that the DMV must...
I suggest you consult with an attorney who practices DUI defense in your state. Depending on the prioribility statues in force, you may be looking at a first offense. However, if there is a greater prioribility time period, a prior may be charged. In any event, courts can sometimes consider old priors even if they cannot be charged. Schedule a consultation for accurate advice.
Contact a local attorney immediately. It sounds as if, although you didn't have a court date on the case in 2000, that one was set at a later date. Usually, a notice to appear is sent. Clearly, you didn't receive this notification. If this was in California, and the warrant had been in the system for this length of time with no efforts made to serve the warrant, a skilled attorney might be able to have that case dismised.
The sooner you speak with a local attorney who specializes in DUI,...