What To Do If You Are Arrested for a DUI in California
If you’re arrested for driving under the influence, you have 10 days to request a hearing with the Department of Motor Vehicles. If you do not, you lose your right to the hearing. What makes it crucial that you request a hearing? In most counties, you won’t have your first court appearance for 45 to 90 days from the date of arrest, which means up to 3 months may have passed before you or your attorney can even review the police report. If you fail to request a DMV hearing, your license will automatically be suspended 30 days after your arrest. If you request a DMV hearing, you’re entitled to obtain “discovery,” which generally includes the police reports. You might be also entitled to a “stay” of your license suspension, meaning you get to keep driving until the DMV comes to a decision regarding whether to suspend your license.