You are standing on the side of the road. You've just been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. You may wonder how your pending DUI will impact you and your family. It is important to know the social, legal, and financial ramifications of a DUI, and the importance of hiring a DUI attorney to mitigate them.
When someone is arrested for driving under the influence in California, the officer making the arrest is required by law to give you a temporary license that is good for 30 days. License suspensions vary and are dependent on the nature of your DUI and whether or not you have any prior DUI offenses. A driver convicted of a DUI may request a hearing—at which she and her DUI attorney may contest the suspension or revocation—within ten days of receiving a suspension order.
In addition to immediate fines, a DUI that becomes part of your permanent record could put your current job in jeopardy and limit future employment opportunities. A long-term suspension or revocation of your license could further affect you financially, depending on the availability of public transport and the frequency with which you typically drive.
Drivers convicted of DUI often have to spend time in jail, are required to complete alcohol education programs, and may have to complete dozens of hours of community service.
Even though drunk driving is fairly common in our society, DUIs are highly stigmatized. You will likely feel embarrassed and ashamed in front of your friends, your spouse, and your children. However, especially in the case of police misconduct, you may not deserve this treatment. A tenacious DUI lawyer can fight for your rights and protest unfair treatment.To minimize the impact your DUI has on your life, contact a DUI attorney as soon as possible after your arrest.
For the best available DUI Defense in Northern California, call Amy Morell Law at (510) 314-8736.
Amy Morell will personally handle every aspect of your case, including your DMV hearing and court appearances.