Arrested for Drunk Driving? Here’s What You Need to Know

If you have been arrested for DUI (Driving Under the Influence) in Los Angeles, it’s critical to seek experienced legal representation immediately. Contact The Law Offices of Arash Hashemi at (310) 448-1529 to discuss your case and get the defense you need.

Being arrested for DUI can be a frightening and overwhelming experience. Understanding the legal process and potential consequences is crucial to navigating this challenging situation. California Vehicle Code § 23152 defines DUI as operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or higher.

When arrested for DUI in California, the following steps typically occur:

  1. Traffic Stop or Checkpoint: Law enforcement may stop you for a traffic violation or at a sobriety checkpoint.
  2. Field Sobriety Tests (FSTs): Officers may conduct physical and cognitive tests to assess impairment.
  3. Breathalyzer or Chemical Test: You may be asked to submit to a breath, blood, or urine test to measure your BAC.
  4. Arrest and Booking: If the officer determines you are impaired, you will be arrested and taken to a police station for booking.
  5. Administrative Per Se (APS) Hearing: You have ten days to request a DMV hearing to challenge the suspension of your driver’s license.
  6. Court Appearance: You will need to appear in court to face DUI charges, where potential penalties may include fines, license suspension, DUI school, probation, and even jail time for severe cases or repeat offenses.





    Definition of DUI in California

    In California, Driving Under the Influence (DUI) is a serious offense that can have severe consequences. A DUI is typically characterized by the following:

    Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC): It’s illegal for anyone to operate a vehicle with a BAC of 0.08% or higher. This percentage decreases to 0.04% for those who possess a commercial driver’s license and is 0.01% for individuals under the age of 21.

    DUI of Drugs: Apart from alcohol, being under the influence of drugs (whether legal, prescription, or illegal) can also result in a DUI charge if they impair your ability to drive safely.

    You Only Have 10 Days to Request a DMV Hearing

    If you’re arrested for DUI in California, it’s crucial to act quickly. You have only 10 days from the date of your arrest to request a DMV hearing. This hearing is your sole opportunity to contest the suspension of your driver’s license. Failing to request this hearing within the 10-day window results in an automatic suspension of your driving privileges. If no request is made, your license will be automatically suspended in 30 days.

    Rights During a DUI Arrest

    Understanding your rights during a DUI arrest is crucial:

    1. Right to Remain Silent: You’re not obligated to answer questions that might incriminate you. Politely inform the officer that you wish to remain silent.
    2. Right to Legal Representation: After being arrested, you can request to contact an attorney before answering further questions or participating in further tests.
    3. Right to a Chemical Test: If you are arrested for a DUI, under California’s implied consent law, you are required to submit to a breath or blood test. Refusing can result in more severe penalties, including a longer license suspension.
    4. Right to a DMV Hearing: If you are arrested for DUI and your BAC is above the legal limit, or if you refuse a chemical test, the arresting agency will issue an order to suspend your driver’s license. You have a limited time to request a hearing with the DMV to challenge this suspension.
    5. Protection from Unlawful Searches: Without your consent, a warrant, or probable cause, officers cannot search your vehicle. If they do, any evidence obtained may be deemed inadmissible in court.
    6. Right to Due Process: You are entitled to a fair trial and to challenge the evidence against you.

    Immediate Steps After a DUI Arrest

    Being arrested can be an overwhelming experience, especially for a DUI charge. Here’s what you should do immediately following a DUI arrest:

    1. Stay Calm and Compliant: Respond politely to law enforcement. Making a scene or becoming combative can only make your situation worse.
    2. Know Your Rights: While you should provide your name and basic identification details, you are not obligated to answer questions about where you were, what you drank, or any other details about your evening without a lawyer present.
    3. Avoid Self-Incrimination: Politely decline to perform field sobriety tests or answer any questions that might incriminate you. You may also decline a preliminary alcohol screening test unless you are under 21 or on probation for a previous DUI.
    4. Document the Details: As soon as you are able, write down everything you remember about the arrest – from what you had to drink to how the officer behaved. These details can be invaluable for your defense.
    5. Secure Legal Representation: Before any formal questioning or hearings, consult with a criminal defense attorney experienced in DUI cases. An attorney can provide guidance, ensure your rights are upheld, and offer the best possible defense strategy.

    Why Choose The Law Offices of Arash Hashemi for DUI Defense?

    When facing DUI charges, you need an experienced defense attorney with a proven track record. Attorney Arash Hashemi has been an active member of The State Bar of California since December 2002. On his second day as a lawyer, Arash was already in court, participating in a bench trial. Over the years, he has handled a wide variety of criminal cases, from simple misdemeanors to complex felonies, including DUI cases.

    Arash has represented thousands of Californians accused of various offenses and has argued cases before the California Court of Appeals. He is admitted to practice before all California State Courts and the United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Central, and Southern Districts of California. Currently serving as the 2024 President of the Criminal Courts Bar Association, Arash brings a wealth of knowledge, dedication, and a deep understanding of California’s DUI laws to every case he handles.

    Contact a Los Angeles DUI Defense Attorney & Schedule Your Consultation Today

    If you have been arrested for DUI, do not hesitate to contact The Law Offices of Arash Hashemi for a free consultation. We are here to delve into the details of your case with you, providing expert legal guidance tailored to your specific circumstances. We understand the sensitivity and stress of facing DUI charges. You can be assured of complete confidentiality and our support throughout this challenging period. Our commitment is to stand by your side and advocate fiercely on your behalf.

    Don’t face your DUI charge alone. Contact us today to ensure that you have a dedicated advocate on your side, fighting for the best possible outcome.

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      Disclaimer: The content provided here is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. It is not intended to predict outcomes, as individual circumstances vary and laws may change over time. Those seeking legal advice should consult with a qualified attorney to understand how current laws apply to their specific situation. For detailed legal guidance on the topics discussed, please contact our law firm directly.