DUI is an extremely serious offense in the state of California. Any person pulled over and stopped for suspicion of DUI can expect to be subjected to various field sobriety tests, as well as blood
and/or breath tests. In cases where an individual is placed under arrest for suspicion of DUI, they will have their driver's license physically taken from them and they will be issued a temporary license, which is valid for only thirty days. It is then up to the driver to request an Administrative Per Se Hearing with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) within ten days of their arrest, or face having their license automatically suspended.
Things are different, however, for those individuals who are visiting or simply driving through California. Although California laws allow law enforcement officers to physically take a California driver's license from an individual who has been arrested on suspicion of DUI, they are not allowed to take an out-of-state driver's license. Despite that fact, even an out-of-state driver will need to contact the California DMV and request a hearing or else their privilege to drive within the state of California will be suspended after thirty days. The California DMV will also notify their home state's DMV. Should they be convicted of DUI in California, and their state is part of the Interstate Drivers License Compact, it is very likely that their state will honor the conviction and their driver's license will, in fact, be suspended.
If you have found yourself in such a situation, it is strongly recommended that you consult with a skilled criminal defense attorney the Law Office of Brian Andritch as soon as possible following your arrest. As a Certified Criminal Law Specialist, whose firm focuses on DUI-related cases, Attorney Brian Andritch has an in-depth understanding of California DUI laws and knows the negative impact a California DUI can have on your out-of-state driver's license. When you contact his firm, he will not only work diligently to save your driver's license, but he will defend you against the criminal charge to protect you in your home state. He can appear for you in court and in many cases, may be able to assist you to avoid having to return to Fresno for court dates.
If you are an out-of-state resident, who has been arrested for DUI in the Fresno area, you owe it to yourself to contact a Fresno criminal defense lawyer today.