DUI FAQs

Facing a DUI? A Long Beach DUI Lawyer Can Help.

If you have been charged with a DUI offense, you may believe you do not have any recourse but to accept the penalties. However, if there is any doubt in your mind about the legality of the charges against you, ask the court for time to get legal representation. Our Certified Criminal Law Specialist at the Law Office of Peacock & Le Beau can pursue case dismissal, a plea bargain, or a an acquittal at trial depending on your specific case and what is in your best interests.

After a DUI arrest, what should I do first?

We can immediately contact the California DMV to request an administrative hearing. This will allow you to continue driving with a temporary driver's license until the hearing has taken place and a decision made about your case. The information submitted to the DMV could allow you to retain your license, and we are very familiar with what to do in these hearings.

Next, plan to show up for your first court appearance listed on the DUI citation if you have not hired an attorney. Also, be prepared to plead either guilty or not guilty to the charges against you during that first court date. If you have hired legal counsel, talk to your lawyer about when you need to appear in court and what could be done to help you to avoid conviction. There are many cases that can be dismissed due to errors in police procedure, testing, or in the arrest process.

If convicted, what penalties will I face?

A conviction will very likely lead to much higher automobile insurance costs. Additionally, depending on prior convictions and other circumstances of the case, a person convicted of DUI can face the following repercussions:

  • Mandatory installation of an ignition lock device in the offender's vehicle
  • Vehicle impoundment
  • Mandatory substance abuse treatment
  • Suspension or cancellation of the offender's driver's license
  • Fines or restitution charges
  • Probation
  • Time in jail or state prison (ranging from a few days to many years)

What are the benefits of hiring a DUI lawyer?

Hiring a professional DUI lawyer can prove to be beneficial for several reasons, including:

  • By utilizing the attorney’s knowledge of the ins and outs of the law, a powerful defense can be made on your behalf
  • A unique and appropriate response can be crafted for each argument brought by the prosecutor
  • The attorney handles the legal aspects of the case so that the client can focus on the emotional and relational aspects of the DUI
  • With extensive training in the legal field, an attorney can build arguments in their client’s favor

What are the potential consequences of not hiring a DUI lawyer?

  • If the case is lost, the cost of compensation for the crime may be larger than the cost of hiring a legal professional in the first place
  • Lack of guidance for decisions and strategy
  • Countless hours of the defendant's time used up to educate their self in preparation for the trial
  • The risk that without an attorney, your arguments may be weak – whereas a professional may be able to use unique and powerful defenses

Can I win my DUI case?

Yes, defeating or reducing a DUI charge in California is possible, but usually only with the help of a skilled Long Beach DUI defense attorney. An experienced lawyer knows how to investigate a case for potential constitutional rights violations, inaccurate or unreliable blood alcohol concentration measurements, and failures to follow protocol in police reports to see which of those factors may have influenced the charges against you. The Law Office of Peacock & Le Beau has successfully defended thousands of clients during our 20 years of courtroom experience. We take a team approach to fighting cases to ensure our clients get the best legal representation possible. Contact us today to get started with a free case evaluation.


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