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What steps do I take after a DUI arrest in California?

You were arrested for a DUI. Now what? Many people do not know what to do or who to turn to in their time of need. As the handcuffs go on and you are escorted into a patrol car, you need to be thinking of the next step to take in order to protect your rights, driving privilege and freedoms. Here are the steps that should be taken to make sure that you have a fighting chance at a favorable outcome for your case:

  1. Contact Someone as Soon as Possible
    When you are at the station, you may be given the chance to contact someone. By placing a phone call, you will be able to record with another person what your behavior is like and they can hear the sound of your voice and be aware of any slurring speech of out-of-character behavior that you may be exhibiting. A phone call to someone you trust can be a huge help in terms of testimony on your side should your case go to court.
  2. Collect Receipts for Alcohol or Food Purchases Prior to the Arrest
    If you were out drinking prior to the arrest, contact the restaurant, bar or club and ask for receipts. Check with your bank and document the time that the card was swiped to purchase any food or beverages. The time between when the drinks were consumed, how much was consumed and the amount of food in your system can be a defense in your case.
  3. Document the Day
    Perhaps you were out in the sun and forgot to drink water. Maybe you had not eaten anything during the day. Maybe the last drink was hours before you drove and the taste of alcohol still lingered on your breath. All of these things could make a difference in the outcome of your case. It is important that you work hard to remember everything that happened prior to the arrest and that you document as much as possible.
  4. Schedule a DMV Hearing
    You only have 10 days to schedule a DMV hearing. At these hearings, you will be able to defend your driving privileges. Although these hearings are only administrative, you can still have an attorney present. It is recommended that you work with our firm to defend your license.
  5. Get in Touch with Witnesses
    Any witnesses that may be able to testify in your case can benefit the overall outcome of your situation. If there were passengers in the car or someone that was with you before you left the bar, restaurant or house, ask them to make a statement to the attorney.

At Anthony Curiale and Associates, A Professional Corporation, we understand that many people have never faced a run-in with the law before and the entire legal process may be new to them, which is why we are here to help. After an arrest for a DUI, it is important that you contact an attorney from Anthony Curiale and Associates, A Professional Corporation immediately and speak with a Brea DUI lawyer to talk about your situation.

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When you work with our firm, we will immediately begin to conduct an investigation of your case, including the DUI stop or checkpoint and the legality of the arrest or search of your vehicle. We will interview witness and contest any evidence that may have been produced by the arresting officers. You have a limited amount of time to contact an attorney before the legal process beings. Get in touch with a Brea DUI defense attorney from Anthony Curiale and Associates, A Professional Corporation today by scheduling a case evaluation now!

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