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How Will Your Record Be Affected If Arrested for DUI?

Learn How Your Record be Affected if You Were Arrested for a DUI Under California Vehicle Code 23152

When we talk about a record, at least when I talk about it, especially how it relates to a DUI, I'd be talking about two things.  One is your DMV record.

If you get arrested, the DMV is going to see that you've been arrested.  They're going to have a hearing and they're going to try to take your driver's license away for a period of time.

So, obviously, you want to hire an attorney to defend you when the DMV come to take your license away.  If you get a sustained administrative ruling against your driver's license, then for a significant period of time, you're going to have that on your DMV record.

Police Can See DUI Record On a Traffic Stop

The police will be able to see if when they pull you over.  If someone runs your DMV record, they will be able to see it.  It will fall off after a period of time, but still, you don't want to have that on your DMV record.

Most times the DMV will be able to see it forever.  Your insurance will be affected and there's a whole host of other factors that should be taken into consideration if you picked up a DUI in Los Angeles county and you're trying to protect your record.

Criminal Record on Background Check

The other area where your record is affected is the criminal record.  When you get arrested, your fingerprints taken, your picture taken, you're brought down to the police station, you're booked — that's going to go on your permanent criminal record.

How to Defend a DUI Arrest in Los Angeles

For example, if you do a live scan, they take your fingerprints, the Department of Justice is going to have that arrest on your record and everybody that has the ability to do a background check on you is going to be able to see that you were arrested for a DUI.

As far as a conviction goes, that will be determined in the criminal court.

What a lot of people don't realize is that a DUI, whether it's a misdemeanor or a felony, is definitely a crime.  There is no such thing as an infraction DUI which his not a crime.

Misdemeanor or Felony DUI Conviction

There's misdemeanor DUIs and felony DUIs.  So, that's another issue that's going to hit your record — if you're convicted for a misdemeanor DUI, for example, you will have a conviction for a misdemeanor on your record. You'll typically be:

  • placed on 36 months of summary probation;
  • you'll be given a fine;
  • you'll have to complete an alcohol program.

There will also be a number of other things you're going to be ordered to do.

Hopefully, they'll be no jail included in your sentence, and obviously, that's something you're going to have to talk to your attorney about and try to avoid at all costs.  I would assume most people don't want to go to jail.

Minimizing The Damage of a California DUI Arrest

So, the two big things you're looking at is your DMV record and your criminal record.  I've been doing this for 26 years.  I help people with DUIs.  I help minimize the damage and the effect that a DUI can have on someone's DMV and criminal record.

Los Angeles DUI Attorney

So, the first thing you want to do is pick up the phone.  As to speak with Ron Hedding.  Set up a meeting with me either on the phone or live, in person.

We can talk about everything.  We can figure out exactly what happened and see if there are any motions that can be filed to assist you.

Also, to start the process of doing damage control and getting you out of the criminal justice system as fast as possible.

Working towards trying to get any DMV reference off of your criminal record so that you can protect your rights, your freedom, your future, your record, your job prospects and all the things that are important to you.

I've handled thousands of DUIs in Los Angeles county since the early 1990s.  I know how to protect somebody's criminal record and I know how to get you the best possible outcome.

Hedding Law Firm is a top-rated criminal defense law firm located in Los Angeles County at 16000 Ventura Blvd #1208 Encino, CA 91436. Contact our office for a free case evaluation at (213) 542-0963.

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