The California DUI Court Process
Understanding the Two Components of Your DUI Charge
There are two issues associated with a DUI charge: the criminal charge and the hearing with the DMV. The criminal charge starts when you are arrested under probable cause or suspicion from the police. Law enforcement can administer certain tests, such as a field sobriety test or a BAC breath or blood test. You can refuse these and any on-site breath test, but refuse a BAC test used for evidence may mean an automatic one-year license suspension. The second component to a DUI charge is the DMV hearing.
DMV Hearings in California
Hearings are separate from criminal cases, and will determine whether your license will be suspended. Even if you are found innocent in the case, the DMV may still suspend your license. This hearing must be scheduled in 10 days of your arrest. If not, your license will automatically be suspended.
At Brehmer Law Corporation, our Bakersfield DUI lawyer can handle both aspects of your DUI case, which includes fighting to keep your driver's license. Call now for a free consultation.
Representation Throughout the Process
The next issue in the DUI process is your arraignment when you are formally charged and have the opportunity to plea. It is highly recommended that you have a Bakersfield DUI attorney represent your best interests at the arraignment. If bail is set, your attorney may be able to argue for a reduction or release. In most cases, you will never even need to make an appearance in court.
By entering a not guilty plea, we are able to get to work on your defense, including thoroughly reviewing your case. This may include:
- Incorrect breathalyzer test results
- Challenging field sobriety tests
- Revealing that there was no probable cause
At Brehmer Law Corporation, our DUI attorneys will fight aggressively to defend you. Contact our Bakersfield DUI defense attorney today.