DUI in San Fernando but moving

DUI in San Fernando but moving

Question:  I need help.  I have a DUI in San Fernando but moving out of state in a couple weeks to Colorado for work.  I have a DUI hearing in November at San Fernando Court.  My paperwork for my dui states that I blew a .18.  Is there any way around having to fly back for the hearings?  Not only do I not want to fly back and fourth, but I am starting a new job and that would create some immediate issues.

Also, if I am convicted, I know there would be some kind of alcohol course I have to do in California.  How can they expect someone to keep coming back to California for alcohol school when I live out of state.  I am assuming this is an issue that comes up from time to time and hoping there is another way around having to keep flying back.

Answer:  I would recommend hiring a private attorney to handle this matter for you. For misdemeanor charges in most cases, I can appear in court on your behalf without you needing to attend. This way you can be in Colorado , and your attorney can handle and resolve your court case in California.

In the event there is a DUI convictiont is possible that a Judge would allow you to do a comparable Alcohol course in Colorado (which would be a part of your sentencing if you are ultimately convicted of a DUI). That is something that will have to be addressed during your case.  There are then some hoops that have to be overcome for DMV purposes, but it can be done.

I would highly recommend contacting a DUI defense attorney to discuss your case in more detail. A 0.18 BAC is high, but there may be some defenses that can come into play in your case to help limit or mitigate consequences.

Contact me as soon as possible at 818-336-1384 for a free consultation.  Keep in mind that you only have 10 days from the date of your arrest to request a DMV hearing (to fight a license suspension from the DMV), so the sooner you contact me the better.  Thanks and I look forward to speaking with you about this situation further.

Phil Hache

DUI & Criminal Defense Attorney
Handling DUI and Criminal matters throughout Courts in Southern California including Van Nuys, San Fernando, Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena, Metro, Bellflower, Alhambra, Malibu, Compton, Inglewood and other Courts.
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