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18 Feb

What to do if arrested for DUI

Posted by David Jones on Feb 18, 2014


What to do if arrested for DUI in Fresno, Clovis, Madera, Hanford, Tulare, Visalia, Lemoore or Porterville.

Take a breath. If you've been arrested for DUI, you're probably in shock, frightened, and ashamed. But take heart. Others have been in your situation and survived with their lives, careers, and families intact. Many expected to lose their freedom and driver's licenses, but didn't. So take a deep breath. Relax. There is hope, even if you can't see it now.

Find an experienced DUI attorney. Ask them how familiar they are with the local court of your case, and if they know the prosecutors. Ask them how often they take their DUI cases to trial?  Do they also handle DMV and drivers license issues?

Request a DMV Hearing. At the time of arrest, the officer confiscated your driver's license, and gave you a (Pink) Temporary License/Order of Suspension. The Temporary License expires in 30 days, along with your ability to drive, unless you take action within 10 days. An experienced DUI lawyer will quickly contact the Department of Motor Vehicles to request a DMV hearing to defend your driving privileges. In many cases your attorney can help you keep your right to drive.

Follow your attorney's advice. If you have followed the steps above and hired an experienced DUI lawyer who has handled similar DUI cases within your specific county court, you can now relax and let them do their job. They'll tell you what they need from you. They know the process and will do what is necessary to ensure your best day in court.

David Jones

David E. Jones is a Central Valley area DUI and criminal defense attorney who represents those accused of DUI and other crimes in both state and federal court. Mr. Jones has practiced criminal law throughout Fresno, Madera, Kings and Tulare counties since 1996. Mr. Jones was a Deputy District Attorney for Fresno County 12 years and has been an instructor for the Police Academy for over 10 years. He is an experienced and respected trial attorney.

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