In recent years, the penalties for getting a DUI in Placentia have become more severe. If convicted, you’ll face a driver’s license suspension, up to tens of thousands of dollars in fines, jail time, and mandatory DUI school. That’s why if you’re arrested for DUI, it’s almost always worth it to fight. And a Placentia DUI lawyer can help you do so.
DUI defense lawyers have the training and experience to find holes in the prosecution’s case against you. They can look for solutions even in the hardest DUI cases. Having a lawyer on your side may help save you money, reduce your penalties, or even win your case completely—meaning you walk away without any charges. To get connected with a DUI lawyer for a FREE case evaluation and consultation, contact us today. You’ll be able to discuss your situation and talk about your best options. For that free consultation, call us at (310) 862-0199 or fill out the Free Case Evaluation form to the right.
Can I Apply for a License to Get to Work During a Suspension?
After being arrested for DUI, local police will send a report to the DMV and you’ll receive a temporary license. An administrative hold will be put on your real license, and after 30 days, the DMV will suspend your license—unless you take action quickly. You’ll need to call within 10 days to request a DMV hearing.
But what if your license does get suspended and you really need it to get to work? Not being able to drive yourself to and from your job during the DUI process can make everything more difficult. Thankfully, in many cases you can apply for a “restricted” driving license to get to and from court-ordered programs and sometimes to and from work.
You are not eligible for restricted driving privileges if:
- Your license has already been suspended or revoked for another reason
- You have a hard suspension, which means you have a second or third DUI offense within 10 years. (A hard suspension lasts 1-2 years, and you’ll have to wait until it’s over to apply for restricted driving privileges)
- You refused to take a breath or blood test after you were arrested
- You held a commercial driver’s license when you were arrested for DUI
How to Apply
If you lost your DMV hearing, you’ll have to wait 30 days before applying. You’ll also need to:
- Ensure you’re enrolled in a treatment program or DUI school you were ordered to take and get proof of that enrollment
- Be sure your auto insurance is up-to-date and get an SR-22 form
- Bring the above documents to your local DMV office and pay a $125 fee to apply
You might also have been sentenced to get an ignition interlock device (IID) installed (at your own cost) before you can get restricted driving privileges, and you’ll need proof it was installed when you apply. If the process is overwhelming for you, a DUI lawyer can help you complete each step.
How Can I Beat a DUI in Placentia?
If you intend to fight the charges against you, you’ll need to speak with a DUI lawyer and start taking legal action right away. This begins with knowing some important deadlines that impact your outcome:
1. The DMV hearing
To prevent license suspension by the DMV after 30 days, you or your lawyer will need to contact them and request a DMV hearing within 10 days of your arrest. Although you don’t have to do this to try and win your case, having your license can make life in between much easier.
2. The Arraignment
Within the next two weeks, you’ll have your arraignment hearing. It’s during this court hearing that you officially plea Guilty or Not Guilty. If you don’t already at this point, you need to have a DUI defense lawyer. Your lawyer can use the arraignment as a chance to check out the prosecution and get a sense of their evidence against you.
This is also your opportunity to show the prosecutor you won’t be an easy conviction. A good DUI lawyer will show them you’re serious about fighting your DUI, which may persuade them to give you a fairer offer.
3. The Trial
The trial date is typically 30-45 days after your arrest. However, if your DUI lawyer is able to resolve your case before this time, you may never have to go to trial at all.
It’s the time leading up to your trial that really matters if you want to beat a DUI. The key is hiring an experienced DUI lawyer who can work to challenge the evidence against you, look for ways your rights may have been violated, and poke holes in the prosecution’s case.
Even if you aren’t able to get your charges dropped completely (which can and does happen), having a lawyer can help you at least pursue a lesser charge or reduced penalties, which you wouldn’t have a chance of otherwise.
What Happens if You Get a DUI Under the Age of 21?
Drivers under the age of 21 aren’t legally able to drink alcohol, so they may face more penalties than a legal adult who drove while drunk. That’s because even if you’re under the age of 21 and drive drunk in Placentia, you are still liable for the same base penalties as an adult who gets a DUI.
The threshold for underage drivers is also lower. For adults, a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent or more is considered driving under the influence. But for those under 21, any amount of detectable alcohol in your system can lead to charges against you. This is under California’s “Zero Tolerance” law. Here’s how the penalties work if you’re found drinking and driving under 21:
- If you have a BAC of between 0.01% and 0.05%, you’ll lose your driver’s license for a year
- If your BAC is between 0.05 and 0.08%, it counts as a criminal charge and will put a DUI on your record. You won’t have to go to jail, but you’ll lose your license for a year, have to pay a $100 fine, and will have to pay for and complete a three-month DUI course
- If your BAC is 08% or greater, you can face the same criminal charges as adults. That includes driver’s license suspension, thousands of dollars in fees and fines, up to six months of jail time or juvenile custody, three to nine months of a DUI course, and years of probation
A DUI conviction can greatly impact any future college acceptance and or careers, so it’s also in your best interests to get a good DUI lawyer who can defend you.
Speak With a Placentia DUI Lawyer Today
If you’re facing a DUI in Placentia, you need a good DUI lawyer on your side. We can connect you with one of the top DUI lawyers in your area for FREE. For a free consultation, call us today at (310) 862-0199, or fill out the form to the right to get started.