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San Francisco DUIIf you were arrested in for drinking and driving, a San Francisco law enforcement officer had to have probable cause to pull you over. You may have been weaving or straddling lanes, or were stopped at a sobriety checkpoint. It is also possible that you were asked to submit to a series of voluntary field sobriety tests, including a preliminary alcohol screening (PAS). A blood-alcohol concentration of 0.08% or higher is cause for a DUI arrest and automatic license suspension. The results of these tests can be used as evidence against you.

At the arrest, a Miranda Warning is given, which advises you of your rights regarding statements you make. Although you can refuse to answer any more questions at this point, chemical testing (breath, blood, or urine) is administered at a hospital or police station. If you choose not to comply, you will be issued a Notice of Suspension (30-day temporary license), your driver's license will be confiscated, and you will face jail time.

Within ten (10) calendar days of your arrest, you, or preferably your San Francisco DUI attorney, must contact the California Department of Motor Vehicles to schedule an Administrative Hearing. You do not have to do this alone. It is important to note that DMV hearings are more technical than court proceedings and having a competent drunk driving defense attorney represent you is necessary. At the hearing, you and your attorney will have the opportunity to prove your case, hopefully resulting in a license reinstatement.

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