Today’s Torrance DUI Lawyer checklist is about what you will need to do if you were arrested for a Memorial Day DUI. If you were arrested for a Torrance DUI this weekend or if you are facing charges for any Los Angeles DUI, there are certain steps you should immediately take if you hope to avoid a DUI conviction and/or an automatic suspension of your driver’s license.
A Torrance DUI Lawyer is a must have if you hope to achieve the best possible result on your case. In addition to an experienced DUI attorney, the following is a list of steps you should take to begin the process of defending and protecting yourself:
- Carefully review paperwork – Specifically you need to make note of two dates: 1) the 10 day deadline to request your DMV hearing (if you or your Torrance DUI attorney do not request your DMV hearing within 10 days of the date of your arrest your license will be automatically suspended in 30 days from your arrest date) and 2) your DUI arraignment date in Torrance Superior Court (this date can be found at the bottom of your citation and/or on your bail paperwork if you had to post a bond)
- Statement of Facts – Take a moment to write down everything that happened prior, during and after your DUI arrest. This will be very helpful when you begin contacting DUI lawyers to evaluate your case.
- Budget – Make sure you know what your budget is for hiring a DUI attorney. Having a firm understanding of what you can afford to pay will allow you to focus on hiring the best lawyer for you and not having to hire the only lawyer you think you can afford. Most DUI lawyers will find a way to make it work if you truly want them to help you.
- Hire a Torrance DUI Lawyer – To start this process, try to get a referral from a trusted source such as a friend or family member. The internet is absolutely fine just make sure that any DUI attorney you meet with has a lot of experience (10 years defending DUI cases is a good place to start), is good communicator, listener, knowledgeable about DUI defense in Torrance and answers your questions thoroughly. Any meeting with a lawyer should leave you with a greater understanding of you case, any defenses you may have and what you can expect to happen next.
- Request your DMV Hearing – If you are nearing the 10 day deadline to request your DMV hearing and you are still in the process of hiring a DUI attorney or if you are unsure if you are going to hire one at all, then you should go ahead and request your DMV hearing to prevent an automatic suspension of your drivers license. To do this you will need to contact the DMV – El Segundo Driver Safety Office at (310) 615-3500 and request an “in person” hearing. Also request that they send you a new temporary license for when your current one expires after 30 days. If you hire an attorney after you set your hearing, make sure that you advise them of your DMV hearing date so they can let the DMV know that you will be represented at the hearing.
As a Torrance DUI Lawyer for the past 16 years, I know that a Memorial Day DUI arrest can be overwhelming to say the least. However, it does not have to be. The important thing is that you take immediate action. Following the steps noted above should set you on the right path and help you achieve a successful result on your case.