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What to Expect after a DUI California Arrest : Confused about the procedure at the DMV and in the Criminal Case? Here's an overview of what to expect.

What Happens at the DMV Hearing?

REMEMBER: You must contact the DMV WITHIN 10 DAYS OF YOUR ARREST. We can arrange this hearing for you.

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The DMV Hearing is conducted to determine if there is sufficient evidence to suspend your license for four months. Without a hearing your license is automatically suspended.  We can make  this appearance for you.

Important: A Public Defender CANNOT represent you at the DMV hearing.

Without a seasoned, skilled DUI Lawyer to stand with YOU at the DMV hearing you will lose your license because there is NOT EVEN the appearance of fairness on the DMV’s part!

The DMV Hearing is held at one of the DMV Field Safety Offices in front of a Hearing Officer who is an employee of the DMV – The same person who prepares your suspension. It can be conducted either in person or telephonically. We prefer to do so in person.

What Happens at the Criminal Case?

ARRAIGNMENT: You are formally charged and provided with some of the Prosecutor’s discovery. A skilled criminal DUI lawyer will know how to demand more information from the Prosecutor and from Police Agencies.

PRE-TRIAL: The Court will ensure that the parties are progressing toward trial. If any motions, either to suppress (exclude) testimony or evidence or order additional discovery may be heard at this time.

After all pre-trial motions have been heard, there will be a trial. A Jury will be selected. Opening statements will be made. The Prosecutor will put his case on seeking to show you were driving under the influence. At this time, our skilled DUI Lawyer will cross-examine the Prosecutor’s witnesses. After the prosecution presents its case, we will present your case raising affirmative defenses and rebutting the testimony and evidence put on by the prosecutor. Both sides will argue, the judge will instruct the jury, and the jury will retire to deliberate.

It is extremely important to be well represented at the Criminal Court. the issues and defenses are highly technical. The penalties can be severe. A great attorney can make sure you get the best outcome possible.  Contact us at right to get the defense you deserve and need.

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