An Escondido DUI arrest can cause a suspension of your license, but there are things that can be done to try and avoid a suspension or minimize it. If you are 21 or over with a valid drivers license, you will be given a pink sheet 30 day temporary license and suspension notice if the officer believes you are .08 blood alcohol or more. You must contact DMV within 10 days of your arrest to request a hearing to challenge any suspension. Failure to do so will waive any hearing and result in an automatic suspension for 4 months if this is your first DUI offense and 1 year if this is a second DUI offense in 10 years. This suspension will start 30 days after your "driving under the influence" arrest. This suspension is in additon to any suspension triggered by a DUI conviction. By requesting a hearing, you can get a 60 day temporary license instead of the 30 day pink sheet and delay any suspension pending the results of the hearing.
Drug offenses in Vista, Oceanside, Carlsbad, Escondido, and Encinitas vary by locale and from simple possession, possession for sale, sale, transporting, to manufacturing. The criminal penalties go up with the seriousness of the case. A simple possession of some drugs may be filed as a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the facts of the case and the individual's background. There may be alternatives to a conviction with treatment or classes through the Diversion process. A person may qualify for "prop 36" treatment if not eligible for Diversion. Prop 36 involves a program, 18 months of probation and utilamately a dismissal. Finally, there is also Drug Court which is an intense program of treatment and monitoring.
The California Highway Patrol (CHP), San Diego County Sheriff's Department, and many local police forces including Carlsbad, Oceanside, and Escondido bring most of those who have been arrested for DUI to the Vista Detention Facility located at 325 S. Melrose Drive in Vista California. They will be put through the "booking process", and authorities will check to see if there are any outstanding warrants, immigration related issues, and allow time to pass until the person has sobered up before they are eligible to be released on bail or bond. This can be several hours or more. You can contact the facility to determine bail (bond), and the process to follow to get your friend or loved one released at (760) 940-4473.