Common DUI Mistakes in California
Being arrested for a DUI can be confusing and disorienting. If you’re not educated about the process, you might unknowingly make some of these common DUI mistakes when arrested for drunk driving in California.
1. Pleading Guilty
Many offenders plead guilty to DUI charges because they don’t feel like they have a choice. They assume fighting the charge will be too expensive or impossible to win. Unfortunately, pleading guilty has some serious consequences and means the DUI will stay on your record for 10 years or more.
Pleading guilty is a common DUI mistake in California. The ramifications of the plea include fines, jail time, inability to rent a car and increased insurance rates, among other things. It also often results in alcohol-related classes.
2. Failing to Seek Legal Representation
DUI charges are complex and those who try to represent themselves in court do not usually fare well. It’s important to seek legal representation immediately if you are arrested for drunk driving.
Just as you would hire a contractor to build a house instead of building it yourself, it’s best to have a lawyer handle your drunk driving case. They will help you understand the intricacies of your case and protect your rights.
3. Failing to Schedule a Hearing Within 10 Days
When you are arrested for a DUI, the police officer immediately forwards a copy of the suspension or revocation of your driver\’s license to the DMV. You have 10 days from the arrest to request a hearing with the DMV.
Failing to schedule a hearing within the allotted 10 days is another common DUI mistake, and it is similar to admitting guilt. Immediately after receiving a DUI, call the DMV to schedule a hearing. From there, contacting a lawyer immediately is your best option. They will walk you through the entire process, including representing you at your hearing.
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