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First Time DUI Arrest: Understanding the Charges and the Penalties

Posted by attorney Aaron Hicks

Driving under the influence of alcohol is an extremely serious charge that can have lasting consequences to that person who is arrested if they are ultimately convicted.

Once a person is arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, they will be taken to either the Police station or the San Diego County jail to submit to a chemical test, either breath or blood. After the chemical test, they will be booked into jail and will remain there until their initial court date, or unless the bail out by posting a cash bond, which is typically $2,500 or using a bail bond company and paying them a small commission, usually 10% or $250. If you use a bail bond company, an initial court date will be scheduled for you to appear in court, or an attorney on your behalf.

Once you are released, it is imperative that either yourself or an attorney contact the DMV within 10 days of the arrest, or your license will automatically go into suspension within 30 days of the arrest date. After the DMV Hearing, the DMV will decide whether or not your license will be suspended or not. If you lose the hearing, and it is your first offense, your license will be suspended for 1 month, followed by a restricted license for 5 months. However if there was a refusal to the chemical test, the DMV will suspend your license for 1 year.

If you are ultimately convicted of a DUI in court, you can face anywhere from 3 to 5 years of informal probation, up to 6 months in jail, a 3 or 9 month alcohol program, fines exceeding $2,000, MADD Victim Impact Panel, additional public work service for elevated blood alcohol levels, and additional license suspension by the DMV.

It is therefore vastly important that should you be facing something of this nature that you do not hesitate to secure legal representation from an aggressive and heavyweight criminal defense attorney. These cases have been placed heavily in media attention and therefore prosecutors and law enforcement alike are under extreme pressure to penalize the defendants.

Do not let one innocent act turn into a criminal charge that haunts you for the rest of your life. Your future is on the line – you need to be confident that you are doing everything possible to defend and protect your legal rights. So do not waste another moment – contact a criminal defense attorney that you can trust to help you defend your freedom.

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The Law Offices of Aaron T. Hicks is a criminal defense law firm located in San Diego, California. This firm has proven over the years that quality legal representation does not need to be equivalent to exorbitant prices and has worked exhaustively to pair excellence with affordability. Should you choose to work with a San Diego criminal defense attorney from this firm, you will be able to experience the difference that a heavyweight advocate can make. Instead of the detached and apathetic legal assistance of so many other firms, you will be able to enjoy personalized answers, a responsive attitude and a true desire to help you in your time of need. To learn more, please contact The Law Offices of Aaron T. Hicks today by calling at 619-940-5566.

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