Ahmed & Sukaram, Attorneys at Law

What happens if I get charged with a DUI in California?

Getting charged with a DUI in California may have serious implications on your personal and professional life. Every DUI case is unique and many factors go into what the accused is ultimately charged with, if anything at all. However, there are certain things that happen every single time a person is charged with a DUI in Redwood City, whether the charge ends up sticking or not.

First of all, according to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, the officer who has charged you with the DUI is required to forward a copy of any suspension notice or revocation notice, as well as your confiscated driver’s license (if your driver’s license was actually confiscated) along with a sworn report to the DMV itself.

When this happens, the DMV conducts its own administrative review of the officer’s report, and it takes into consideration any blood or breath alcohol tests that were done at the time. After the administrative review, there are two potential courses of action: if the DMV finds that the DUI charge is not substantiated, they set the action aside. However, if the DMV finds that the officer’s charges were indeed in accordance with the law, further administrative action will be taken against you depending on the nature of the charges.

Being accused of a DUI in California is a serious charge that can result in serious consequences. These may include suspension of your driver’s license, heavy fines, insurance consequences, and potentially criminal charges. This post is intended to inform you about what happens in the immediate aftermath of being charged with a DUI; however, it is not meant to serve as legal advice.