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What is going to happen if you are facing DUI charges?

Criminal charges can have a significant impact on your future, particularly those involving drunk driving. A DUI or DWI in California can change your life in many ways, but a conviction or guilty plea is never your only way forward. There are ways you can fight back and preserve your future interests, starting with a strong DUI/DWI defense strategy. 

It is useful to know what you should do after a DUI/DWI arrest. When you understand what to do next, you will be better prepared to protect your future interests and your rights. Whether it is your first offense or you have other infractions on your criminal record, your future is worth protecting. You also have the right to fight for your driving privileges.

What's next? 

It can be overwhelming to know that you are facing a drunk driving charge, especially if you have never experienced this before. The unknown can be stressful, especially if you need to drive for work and for other important reasons. Starting with the initial suspected DUI traffic stop, you can expect the following things to happen:

  • If you fail a chemical test or refuse to submit to one during the traffic stop, you will then be arrested. Law enforcement will take you to the local police station, and they will take your mug shot and book you.
  • Before you leave, you will likely receive notice of a time for you to appear in court for a DUI/DWI hearing. You have the right to plead not guilty to the charges against you.
  • You will lose your license, but there is the opportunity to seek restricted driving privileges that will allow you to drive to school, work and to other necessary places.
  • If the court convicts you, you may have to pay a fine, or you may have to go to jail. The specific penalties you could face depend on the nature of your individual situation.
  • It is possible that you will have to go to some type of alcohol treatment program or you may have to go to drunk driving school. You may have to have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle. 

These are only a few of the things you may have to deal with as you walk through the entire DUI/DWI process. Every situation is different, which is why you may benefit from working with an experienced attorney who can help you with the unique issues that affect your individual case. After an arrest for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you may want to reach out for help and an explanation of your defense options.

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