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Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

Statistics

In California, over 200,000 people were arrested for a DUI in 2007 [1].

Being charged with a DUI can be a frightening experience.  If you are arrested for a DUI, your license will immediately be taken by the officer and will be suspended unless you request a DMV hearing challenging the suspension.  The DMV hearing must be requested within ten (10) calendar days to protect your rights.

Consequences of DUI in San Diego County

It is important to retain an attorney to request a DMV hearing and to investigate the circumstances surrounding your DUI arrest as soon as possible before evidence that may help your case is destroyed.  Failure to properly defend against a DUI arrest can result in a conviction, which carries serious penalties.

Possible consequences for a first time misdemeanor DUI conviction in San Diego County include:

  1. 5 years Probation
  2. Completing a 3 or 9 month First Conviction Program
  3. Attending 1 MADD Impact Panel
  4. Performing Public Work Service
  5. Paying fines of approximately $2,000.00
  6. Having your license suspended for 6 months

Possible consequences for a second time misdemeanor DUI conviction in San Diego County include:

  1. 96 Hours of Jail
  2. 5 years Probation
  3. Completing a 18 month Multiple Conviction Program
  4. Attending 1 MADD Impact Panel
  5. Performing Public Work Service
  6. Paying fines of approximately $2,500.00
  7. Having your license suspended for up to 2 years
  8. Having your vehicle impounded for up to 30 days

In addition to the consequences imposed by the Court, you could also suffer from increased auto insurance rates or even be dropped by your auto insurance carrier.

Why Hire the Mortlock Law Group?

If you have been arrested for a DUI it is important to retain a San Diego DUI attorney as soon as possible to protect your license and begin gathering evidence to contradict the police officer(s).  The North County San Diego DUI Attorneys of the Mortlock Law Group have represented numerous DUI clients over the past five (5) years. The Mortlock Law Group knows how damaging a DUI conviction can be.  Our experience and knowledge in DUI cases can make significantly affect the outcome of your case.  For a free consultation, please contact the Mortlock Law Group today.

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