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DUI TASK 3: Get Informed – rights, laws & penalties

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Being arrested for DUI in Los Angeles County is a traumatic and confusing experience. Protect yourself from being taken advantage of by the DMV, the police, prosecutors, judges & DUI lawyers.  Get informed.

Knowledge is Power

  1. Know Your Rights
  2. Know the DUI Laws
  3. Know the Penalties
  4. Understand What You Face
  5. Understand the Timeline

1. DUI RIGHTS

Know your rights. You have a right to:

 

2. DUI LAWS

By law in California, DUI – Driving Under the Influence of alcohol or drugs is a criminal offense. It is more serious than most other traffic offenses.

By DUI laws in California, it is illegal for any person to operate:

By the Admin Per Se law [2], the DMV is required to suspend your license if you are charged with one of the above offenses, or you have refused a chemical test. This suspension by the DMV is called an “administrative action” and is independent of any court-imposed criminal penalties for conviction of the DUI offense.  Be aware that the DMV and the Court [9] are two separate institutions with separate and independent powers over your license.

See DUI Law FAQ [10]

3. DUI PENALTIES

See DUI Penalties FAQ [11]

4. UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU FACE

Two Major Hurdles

After being arrested for DUI in Los Angeles County, you face two major hurdles ahead:

  1. Your DMV Hearing
  2. Your Court Case

These two are separate events, in two separate institutions.

Learn more about these what you face at your DMV Hearing vs Court Hearing [9] and about DUI Courts in Los Angeles County [12].

5. UNDERSTAND THE TIME FRAME