Posting bail following an arrest for a Los Angeles DUI
In some cases, particularly felony Los Angeles DUI cases, you will have to post bail in order to be released from jail. Bail is a monetary security that is paid to the court to ensure your appearance at a future court date. Failure to appear at the specified court date will result in a loss of the bail posted and a warrant being issued for your arrest. Hiring a Los Angeles Drunk Driving Defense Attorney prior to contacting a bail bondsman is strongly advised as the bail bondsman will often offer a reduction in their rate.
Appearing at the criminal court listed on your citation
The criminal process in a Los Angeles Drunk Driving case is completely independent of the DMV hearing. Unfortunately a success at one does not guarantee success at the other. The LA DUI criminal process begins with the arraignment phase. At this phase the charges against you are read and you are required to plea. If you hire a leading Los Angeles Drunk Driving Defense Lawyer then they can likely appear at all court hearings on your behalf and will likely enter a not guilty plea during the arraignment phase. Negotiating with the District Attorney is often the best way to get a favorable disposition in your case. Contact a highly capable Los Angeles DUI Lawyer now to discuss the possible defenses in your case. Learn more about the Los Angeles Criminal Courts at www.lasuperiorcourt.org.
Contacting the DMV to place a stay on the automatic suspension of your license
You have only ten calendar days from the date of your Los Angeles County DUI arrest to contact the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Failure to contact the Driver's Safety Branch nearest to the area of arrest within ten days will result in the automatic suspension of your license for a minimum of four months. If your license is suspended for four months then you will likely be eligible for a restricted license. After serving 30 days of a hard suspension (no driving), you must enroll in a first offender alcohol program, file an SR-22 and pay $125.00 reissue fee. The restricted license will allow you to drive within the course of work and to and from an alcohol program, but your restriction will be for five months. To find out more about the DMV process in a Los Angeles DUI case contact one of our committed California Drunk Driving Defense Lawyers.
Hiring a Los Angeles Drunk Driving Defense Attorney
If you have been arrested for a Los Angeles DUI there are probably a number of thoughts flying through your head. In order to sort out the DMV hearing, alcohol programs, license suspensions and potential jail time you should consult with a dedicated Los Angeles County DUI Lawyer. If you hire a California Drunk Driving Defense Attorney within ten calendar days of your arrest then they can request the DMV hearing on your behalf and appear at the hearing. In addition, in most cases the LA DUI Lawyer you hire can appear at all court dates without you having to be present. No matter what the circumstances of your Los Angeles DUI case you should hire a reputable attorney to represent you.
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