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How Is DUI Defined Under California State Law?

DUI stands for driving under the influence. A lot of people think that in order to get a DUI, you have to be drunk behind the wheel. The reality is the standard for a DUI is simply driving while impaired to the degree that you cannot safely operate a motor vehicle.

What Happens Once I Have Been Arrested And Taken To Jail In Los Angeles County On DUI Charges?

After you are arrested, you will be taken into custody. Usually, the police will have you do the blood or breath test once they get you back to the station. A lot of stations do not have blood testing, so if you choose the blood test, they will take you to the hospital. If you did not do field sobriety tests out in the field, then they will ask you to do them in the station. Once you bond out, you will receive a court date. You will have the opportunity to go meet with an attorney to figure out exactly how you are going to handle your case.

Do I Have To Take The Breathalyzer Test At The Station If I Am Under Arrest For DUI Charges?

If you refuse a Breathalyzer test, you are going to be charged with a refusal and lose your driver’s license for a year. If you are not intoxicated, take the test and move on with your night. Even if you think you may be over the legal limit, at some point, you are going to have to take the test. Unless you are being offered a handheld breath testing device out in the field, you should comply.

Why Are The Days Following A DUI Arrest Critical For My Driver’s License In Los Angeles County?

You are entitled to have a hearing before your license is suspended. You will receive a pink piece of paper stating that you have 10 days to contact the DMV or your license will automatically be suspended. That pink piece of paper is your driver’s license for the next 30 days. If you want to try to challenge the suspension, then you are going to need to ask for a hearing and a stay on any suspension. It is wise to have an attorney handles this process.

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