Helpful Tips So you Can Stay Ahead of Your DUI Case

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I. What are some helpful tips to keep you Ahead of Your DUI Case?


Beloyarskiy If you are arrested for a DUI, it’s important to know that there are two separate proceedings to your case. The first is your DMV hearing which will determine whether your license will be suspended. In addition to your DMV hearing, there are also court proceedings which addresses the criminal charges against you. In the event that the DMV suspends your license, then you can have your license reinstated if you complete four steps. Assuming it’s a typical first-time DUI, the first step is to complete a 3-month DUI program. The second step is to Add an SR-22 to your insurance policy. The third step is to install an IID breathalyzer in your vehicle. The fourth and final step is to go to the DMV and pay a reissue fee. For more information on these, please check out our DMV hearing guide post here:

There are some instances when your blood alcohol level requires you to complete a program that’s longer than the typical 3-month first-time offender program. Let’s examine what happens if your case falls into that category.

II. What Can I Do To Get Credit For The Program I Completed?

If you complete the 3-month DUI program for the DMV hearing but the court requires the 6-month DUI program, can you get credit for the 3-month DUI program? It depends on where you attended the three-month program. If you attended a program where they offer more than the 3-month DUI program, then you can likely get credit for the program that you completed.

III. Let’s look at a real-world Example:

John completes a 3-month DUI program to have his license reinstated by the DMV. Later, John is convicted by the court and is required to complete the 6-month DUI program. If John attended a program with a DUI provider that offers the 3 and 6-month program, then John has a chance to get credit for his 3-month program and complete the remaining three to satisfy his 6-month program.

Alternatively, if John attends a program with a DUI provider that only offers the 3-month program, then John will have to start over and complete an additional DUI program with a DUI provider that offers a 6-month program.

IV. Conclusion

When facing a DUI charge, the process is scary and at times overwhelming. While you can go through the process alone, it’s much easier if you have an experienced DUI attorney by your side. The Law Offices of Mark A. Gallagher has over 20 years experience in handling DUI cases throughout Southern California. Our office can help you every step of the way and we guide you by answering your questions and providing helpful tips along the way. For you free consultation with an experience criminal defense attorney, call our offices at 800-797-8406 or visit for more information.

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