DUI – Driving under the influence

A DUI arrest is traumatic. Most people arrested for DUI have never been exposed to the criminal justice system, and handcuffed and taken to jail. If you have been arrested for DUI, Attorney David C. Hardy can meet with you to review the case and explain your options. Understanding the process and options you have can reduce the stress and anxiety you may be feeling.

It is understood that there are two important parts in a DUI case: the first is the administrative proceeding conducted and the second is in fact the legal action by the prosecution.

The administrative process

When you are arrested for DUI, the agent takes your driver license and gives a temporary permit with duration of 10 days. You must take action immediately. If you want to fight the license suspension as you only have 10 days from the date of arrest to request a hearing with Department of Highways and Motor Vehicles.

The criminal case

The state prosecution in the county where you were arrested process your case in the court of the county or judicial district. The attorney meets all police reports, videos and results of the studies so you can determine how convincing the prosecution’s case is. Police may make mistakes which may result in reduced charges against you, or in some cases, the dismissal of the case.