Out-of-State Drivers DUI in Aliso Viejo

If you visit Aliso Viejo and if you are arrested for a DUI, you need to be careful about how you handle the DUI charge. If you respond immediately and appropriately, you could avoid the DUI charges and a criminal record from being passed to your home state.

In order to mitigate the consequences of your DUI charge, it is a good idea to call a competent DUI attorney who knows the court system in Orange County. Time requirements in California DUI law make it necessary for you to respond to your charges as soon as possible and certainly within 10 days. The DUI attorney will arrange a meeting with the California DMV, and make appearances before the court on your behalf – you won’t have to appear in court in most cases. However, there are circumstances where a judge may require you to appear in court. Call our law office to find out more information regarding your particular case.

Why You Need to Respond Immediately?

When you are charged with a DUI is Aliso Viejo, you should be concerned about:

  • The criminal DUI charge brought against you by the District Attorney and
  • The California Department of Motor Vehicles and the administrative actions for the DUI charge - including suspension of your driving privileges, not only in California, but in your home state as well.

The criminal court and DMV act independently of one another. As such, our attorneys will represent you in hearings before both sets of hearing officers. Similarly, even if you aren’t found criminally liable in Superior Court, you can still face consequences from the Department of Motor Vehicles.

If you don’t respond to your DUI charge in 10 days time, you will not only face the penalties for the charge in Aliso Viejo, but the DUI penalty will also be sanctioned in your home state. This is because the state of California has interstate compacts and agreements with other states to forward information on DUIs and other criminal issues.

If you take action immediately and find a competent DUI attorney to represent you, one positive outcome that you can hope for is to prevent the offence from ever hitting the California DMV records.

Johnson Criminal Law Group can help you – call now.

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