San Bernardino Drunk Driving Guide and Information
Contact the Department of Motor Vehicles within ten calendar daysYOU MUST CONTACT THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES WITHIN TEN CALENDAR DAYS OF YOUR ARREST OR YOUR LICENSE WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY SUSPENDED.
There are two separate hearings that occur when you are arrested for a San Bernardino DUI. The first hearing is a criminal process through the San Bernardino County Superior Court system described below. The second is an Administrative Per Se (APS) hearing through the California DMV. This hearing will determine whether the DMV will suspend your license based solely off of the arrest. Remember you must contact the California Department of Motor Vehicles within ten calendar days to request this hearing. To contact the San Bernardino Driver's Safety Branch send correspondence to 1845 Business Center Drive, Suite 212, San Bernardino, California 92408. Tel: (909) 383-7413
Fax: (909) 383-7439. Remember it is in your best interest to submit all requests in writing and over the phone.
Enrolling in a San Bernardino Alcohol ProgramThe California Department of Motor Vehicles may require you to complete an alcohol program in order to obtain a restricted license which allows you to drive to and from an alcohol program or within the course of work if your license has been suspended. In addition, the court may require you to complete an alcohol program as a term of your San Bernardino DUI probation. It is important to research the programs early and figure costs and time into your finances and schedule. Since there are two potential suspicions on any DUI case, you should always consult a dedicated San Bernardino drunk driving attorney to ensure that you do not serve a longer suspicion than you should.
Appearing at your arraignmentThe criminal process in a San Bernardino DUI case is completely independent of the DMV hearing. The first date of the criminal proceedings is generally listed on the citation issued to you upon release from arrest for your San Bernardino Drunk Driving incident. This date is mandatory unless you hire a qualified San Bernardino DUI Attorney to represent you. However, if you are arrested for a felony San Bernardino DUI then you will have to be present at all court dates due to the gravity of the charges. No matter what the facts of the criminal case, you should consult a San Bernardino DUI Defense Lawyer prior to making your first court appearance. www.co.san-bernardino.ca.us/COURTS/flash.asp
Remember to collect the following things following an arrest for a San Bernardino DUIo Collect all of the facts surrounding your San Bernardino DUI arrest
o Take detailed notes of conversations between you and the police officers (and any other persons present during the arrest). It is important to include what was said by you and what was said to you, to the best of your recollection
o List any and all potential witnesses present when you were stopped and when you were drinking prior to the DUI arrest
o Gather all of your paperwork, including:
o Notice of Suspension (pink copy)
o Temporary Driver's License DMV Form DS-367
o Any documents given to you by the police
o Expect to attend two criminal court hearings:
o DMV court hearing
o DUI court hearing
o Contact a DUI lawyer immediately who will arrange your hearings and represent your case