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Nicholas W.

William R.

Criminal Defense Experience - 40+ Years

After a DUI arrest in Vista, what needs to be done?

After a DUI arrest in Vista or anywhere in San Diego County, most people post bail and are released with a Court date on a misdemeanor DUI generally set about a month later.   Aditionally, most people arrested have their driver’s license taken away and are served with a pink temporary license and notice of suspension for a blood alcohol level of .08 or more, .01 or more if on DUI probation or under 21 or for a refusal to take a the blood or breath test.

This  notice after a DUI arrest is extremely important for you to read because it states that you only have 10 days to contact the DMV to set a hearing to challenge any suspension.  Failure to set a hearing by calling within 10 days will waive your right to any hearing and the suspesnion will be imposed 30 days from the arrest date.  The suspesnions vary from 4 months to 1 year depending on whether you are 21 or older or refused or had a prior within 10 years.  Normally your attorney will call and set the DMV hearing and that will get you a temporary full driving privilege for 60 days and valid pending the outcome of the hearing.

Most of the time you will not have to be present for the DMV hearing.  Your attorney can do that hearing without you after reviewing the reports DMV forwards to him before the hearing.  Only if your testimony is necessary will your attorney want you present.  Anyone arrested for DUI should immediately contact a DUI defense attorney to understand what needs to be done and how these cases proceed.  Call Christoph Law Offices for a free consultation at 760-941-5720.  We have been located across from Vista Courts for over 33 years, providing the highest level of personal and professional DUI representation. 

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