At the beginning of 2022, the law regarding DUI diversion changed. DUIs are no longer eligible for diversion in California. Please contact our office with any questions. Email us at OR Call us at: (415) 523-7878

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At What Point Should Someone Hire An Attorney For Their DUI Case?

Anyone who has been charged with DUI should consult with an attorney as soon as possible. Most people get arrested for DUI at night, and particularly on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Most people call me for a free consultation within a day or two of an arrest. In Marin County, people are usually kept in jail for about four hours until they are sober, but they rarely sleep well while being held in custody. When a client calls me soon after being released, I will take down some of their information, but encourage them to sleep and hydrate before we have a more thorough consultation.

In most cases, a court date will be scheduled to occur three or four weeks after an arrest, but in some counties, it can take months to have a court date. It’s important to have a lawyer well before the court date. Even more importantly, a lawyer needs to request a DMV hearing so that it can be scheduled on a day that they are available. In most cases, it is important to have the DMV hearing in person, but in some cases, the hearing can be held over the phone or through email correspondence. If issues are being contested, then it will be important for the lawyer to review the DMV’s evidence or cross-examine the arresting police officer.

It is best for a lawyer to get involved as early as possible. Many people delay in hiring a lawyer because they just don’t want to deal with it, but the sooner a lawyer is contacted, the better the chances of a positive outcome in the case. Not only will the client have a better recollection of the events, but the lawyer will have the opportunity to gather evidence that would otherwise be destroyed or lost as time goes on.

For more information on Hiring An Experienced DUI Defense Attorney, a free initial consultation is your next best step. Get the information and legal answers you are seeking by calling (415) 523-7878 today.

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Aaron Bortel
With 30 years of specialized experience in DUI defense, Attorney Aaron Bortel is a dedicated advocate for those facing DUI charges in the Bay Area. Committed to helping clients avoid jail, save their driver’s licenses and jobs, and prevent permanent criminal records, he combines deep legal expertise with genuine care for his client's welfare. Trust in a lawyer who not only defends but truly supports you through challenging times.

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