Roger Clinton, brother of former President Bill Clinton, was arrested earlier this month by the Redondo Beach Police Department on suspicion of DUI. Clinton was observed driving erratically on Pacific Coast Highway. During the arrest, Clinton refused chemical testing. Following his arrest, he posted a bail of $15,000 and was given a September 2 court appearance.
An aggressive Southern California DUI lawyer
Drunk driving arrests lead immediately to two different processes. One is conducted by the Department of Motor Vehicles and it is administrative in nature. The other is criminal, and it is conducted by the Court. Both processes impact your ability to drive, and additional sanctions apply to drivers who refuse chemical testing at the time of arrest. For both processes, you will want the assistance of an experienced Southern California DUI lawyer.
Under California law, drivers arrested on suspicion of DUI are required to submit to blood, breath or urine tests to determine evidence of impairment. Refusal to submit to these tests leads to additional fines, the loss of your driver’s license and potentially jail time, if the Court convicts you of drunk driving during the judicial process.
Regardless of whether you test or not, the DMV will immediately suspend your driver’s license when you are arrested on suspicion of DUI. Your license will not be re-instated until you’ve appeared at the DMV, and your license could be further suspended following your Court hearing.
When you have been arrested for drunk driving, do not attempt to defend yourself in Court alone! The DMV and the Court have vastly more experience in dealing with people accused of drunk driving, than people who have been arrested for drunk driving have with the Court and the DMV. The administrative and judicial processes are not unfair, but they are complex and you need to have an experienced DUI lawyer who can help you navigate these challenging circumstances.
Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County DUI defense case.
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