If it's a dui with hit and run and GBI, I'll wager it will be a felony, meaning the DA has 3 years to file. From my experience as a former DA, you were probably released per 849(b) because the DA needed more time to ascertain certain things about your case, such as the severity of the damage or injuries sustained in the crash. You should expect a notice in the mail either saying that no charges will be filed against you, or that charges are filed and you have an appearance date. Either way you should contact a local attorney who specializes in this field of law, someone who can talk with the DA ahead of time to try to mitigate any charges they might file.
This is common. They have couple days to hold you without arraignment and since no charges have been files, they released you. The DA is now determining what if anything to charge you with. It could be misdemeanors or a felony and a misdemeanor. They have one year to file the misdemeanor and three years to file any charge that could be charged as a felony, even if they actually charge it as a misdemeanor. Don't make any statements about the facts of your case online or you may find yourself regretting it. You can call the court periodically to see if charges have been filed. I wouldn't count on receiving anything in the mail. Good luck to you.
I agree with my colleagues.
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The DA has 3 court days to arraign you or the Jail has to release you. That does not mean it is over. I am guessing they are going to file felony charges which means they have 3 years to file not 1. The 1 year is for misdemeanors. I deal with the Vista DA's all the time and it is not uncommon for them to not file in the 3 day window so they can be sure they have done a thorough job in gathering evidence and interviewing witnesses. I would expect a notice in the mail or police at your door in the coming months. An attorney can help you arrange bail with a bondsman and a surrender to keep you out of jail or minimize any jail time if you can afford bail.
The DA may be waiting on the results of any blood alcohol tests and/or to determine the extent of the injuries of those you are alleged to have hit before making their decision to file the case as a felony or a misdemeanor.
Do not be complacent during this time and do nothing but wait and wonder what's going to happen. Consult with and hire a locally experienced criminal defense attorney who can be your voice to the DA's office while advising you of all the stuff you can be doing between now and when/if the DA files charges...not to mention make sure you setup your DMV hearing within 10 days of your arrest to ensure you do all you can to preserve your driving privileges.
You should not contact or speak with any prosecutors or law enforcement officers concerning this matter. Anything you say can be used against you, and you have no way of knowing how they'll interpret your statements or anticipate what information they need to strengthen their case. I've been a defense attorney in North County for a number of years and am familar with how the D.A. operates here. The best course of action is to have a defense attorney begin to speak with the D.A.'s Office immediately to see what can be done to keep the case from getting entirely out of hand. You were likely released because they needed additional time to build a case against you. Once they know how they're going to proceed, they'll either mail you a letter telling when to appear in court, or simply obtain an arrest warrant and come and get you. Please feel free to contact my office to address any additional questions or concerns. Good luck.
The DA is waiting for results of tests or hospital records regarding the injury to other people - just as others here have said.
My point is different. DUI+injury is where you drive dui + break traffic law driving/drive negligently + your unlawful act caused injury.
Next- this charge is a wobbler - meaning it can be charge either as a misdo or felony
Next - if injury is really bad they could charge it as a Felony + Great Bodily Injury = Violent Strike.
Line up a bail bonds person and lawyer.
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