DUI Defense

First-Time DUI: Am I Going to Jail?

By September 6, 2019 No Comments

Being arrested for DUI is a frightening experience. Many motorists are unaware that they may have had just enough wine at dinner or one too many drinks for setting them over the legal blood alcohol limit of 0.08%.  For drivers under 21, that limit is 0.01% under the Zero Tolerance Law.

You may be pulled over for a traffic violation or find yourself unable to avoid a DUI checkpoint. Remember, your right to remain silent should be invoked immediately, as law enforcement can and will use anything you say against you, including what you say prior to your Miranda Rights being read to you. Be polite but do not make any statements to law enforcement about where you are coming from, what you have had to drink or how much. Do not submit to the voluntary breathalyzer at the scene and opt for the blood test at the station after the arrest.

Should you be arrested for a DUI, you will need a highly qualified attorney to advocate for you through the long road ahead. Dolan Law Offices has decades of experience defending against DUI charges.

DUI’s are expensive and the fees begin when your car is towed from the scene and you will be required to pay an exorbitant fee to have it released. You will typically be taken to jail and may have to spend several hours, an overnight stay, or longer prior to your release. If you are required to post a bond, you will have to either pay the bail amount in full or hire a bail agent to do so for you.

As you might imagine, the experience of being hauled off to jail is horrendous. Jails are loud, smelly, cold and you won’t always be treated with respect by the correctional staff. Our goal is always to for you to be out of jail as quickly as possible, either by release on your own recognizance or by posting a bond.

Call us at Dolan Law Offices at the first available opportunity. We will assess your case and schedule a DMV Hearing for you. If you, or your attorney, does not request a DMV hearing within 10 days of your arrest, you will lose the opportunity to try to get your license back from the initial suspension imposed. We are experts at handling your DMV Hearing and are frequently successful in saving our client’s driver’s license from suspension.

If you are suffering from alcoholism or drug addiction, we will work with you to address this. We have many resources through our Recovery Law division to get you the help that you need through treatment, AA, or counseling.

Your first time DUI may be a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on whether there was a traffic accident, injury to yourself or others, property damage or other violations involved including extreme speed.

Your matter may be resolved in a plea agreement or it may go to trial. DUI trials are highly technical and typically involve expert witnesses and sometimes an accident reconstructionist. We will challenge the government’s version of events with our own experts and analysis of the scene and your blood sample.

If you have been arrested for a DUI, please call the Dolan Law Offices now. We will listen carefully to your concerns, review your case, and offer advice based on many years of experience. John Patrick Dolan understands California’s complex DUI laws and our office will provide the experience you need to help you fight for your rights and best interests. Call us at (760) 775-3739 or contact us online as soon as possible.