DUI is a serious crime, and it should not be taken lightly. If a person is arrested for DUI, it will create a criminal arrest record. If convicted, the record of conviction may be viewed negatively by present and future employers and can also impact a person's educational opportunities. A person who is convicted of DUI is also subject to harsh legal consequences, such as jail time, fines, license suspension, DUI School, and probation. Sentences can be enhanced if the driver refused to take the BAC test, had a BAC result of 0.15% or higher, had a minor under age 14 in the vehicle, or had prior DUI convictions.
If a person is arrested for DUI, the officer will seize the driver's California license. Drivers from out of state who are arrested for DUI are not subject to having their driver's license seized. The Police Officer, California Highway Patrol Officer or Sheriff's Deputy will serve a person arrested for driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08% or greater with a pink sheet of paper which is the Order of Suspension and temporary driver's license. The form, also called California DMV Form DS-367, notifies the driver that there is only ten (10) days from the date of the arrest within which to schedule a hearing to contest the license suspension. Failure to schedule a hearing within ten (10) days will result in an automatic license suspension by the DMV, which is completely separate from the court process. Karren Kenney can help you schedule the hearing, if contacted within the 10 days, or represent you for the hearing as part of her representation for the underlying DUI court case.
If you have been arrested for DUI in Orange County or its surrounding areas, hiring a qualified attorney is the best decision you can make. A qualified lawyer will protect your rights, inform you of your legal options at all stages of the case, investigate the circumstances of your arrest, and may question law enforcement and other witnesses. Most importantly, an experienced attorney will obtain the best possible result if you settle your case or provide the skill and necessary resources to successfully fight your charges. When you hire Karren Kenney to help you with your DUI case, you can be assured that you are obtaining one of the most knowledgeable and trustworthy criminal defense lawyers in Southern California. Call (855) 505-5588 to schedule your free consultation.