Did you miss your Los Angeles DUI court hearing?
If you live in the Los Angeles area and have missed your DUI court hearing, do not hesitate to contact our law firm for immediate assistance from our team of expert DUI defense attorneys. When you fail to appear for a DUI hearing, the judge will issue a bench warrant for your arrest, thus there is no time to waste in addressing the situation. We provide you with effective defense strategies for both your DUI and the additional offense of failing to appear for your DUI hearing.
After a DUI arrest, suspects are usually taken to jail to await being formally charged. Before very long, they are brought before a judge who then releases them on the condition that they will appear for a formal DUI hearing at a later date. Missing this hearing is a very serious matter.
California Penal Code section § 1320 lists failure to appear in court for a DUI hearing as a misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in the county jail and/or a $1,000 fine. Failure to appear for a felony-level DUI hearing, however, can result in a fine of $5,000 to $10,000 and either one year in the county jail or 16 months to 3 years in state prison. All of these sentences are additional to the DUI sentence itself.
If you have missed a DUI hearing, there may be a warrant out for your arrest even if you are unaware of it. Call us today, toll-free at 424-888-4384 for further information and a free case evaluation. We can find out if there is a warrant out for your arrest and use the best means to resolve the situation and defend you against all DUI-related charges.