The 4th of July is always a festive holiday in the United States, filled with barbecues, fireworks, and joyous celebration on a warm summer day, all potentially involving a few alcoholic beverages. However, what most people often forget is the 4th of July is one of the holidays when police crackdown heavily on driving under the influence due to a large number of intoxicated drivers on the roads.
If you were arrested on the 4th of July for driving under the influence, you should not hesitate to seek legal representation immediately. Your DMV hearing takes place 10 days after your arrest, which would put your hearing on 14th. This gives you a very limited amount of time in which to assemble your criminal defense case and protect yourself from penalties.
Assembling your defense with the assistance of a Los Angeles DUI attorney can give you the best possible chance of getting a favorable result out of your DMV hearing after an arrest. With so much at stake, it is important to take as few risks as possible.
For a first-time DUI offense in California, you could be facing:
- A fine up to $1,000
- Three to five years on informal probation
- Penalty assessments up to $2,600
- Up to six months in jail
- A minimum license suspension of six months
- A three to nine month DUI school
- Permanent criminal record
DUI charges can also show up on background checks for things such as employment or firearms purchases, which can make these processes more difficult, if not impossible. A DUI attorney may be able to have your penalties for your charges reduced, pursue a restricted license, and ensure that your rights are protected.
The experienced team at Hutton & Wilson have helped thousands of clients with DUI charges in the Los Angeles area. Their strong legal representation and dedication to their practice has led to their receiving numerous accolades from their clients and peers alike, including being named the Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year by the Criminal Justice Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.
If you were arrested this 4th of July, call Hutton & Wilson at (626) 587-2220 and schedule your free consultation with our team now. Don’t delay.