A Simi Valley woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI after allegedly speeding through a school zone after picking up her 7-year old child from another school. According to police, they observed the woman, Christina Politis, of Simi Valley, traveling at 35 mph in a 25-mph school zone.
They pulled the woman over and noticed that she appeared visibly intoxicated. They also noted that she had a young child in the back seat. She was found to have a blood-alcohol content of .08%. She was arrested for driving drunk and child endangerment.
Simi Valley DUI Lawyer
We typically think of drunk driving arrests as happening after a night on the town. DUI arrests can take place at any time of the day, and can also lead to additional charges, as this woman found out. If you’ve been arrested for drunk driving in Simi Valley or anywhere in Southern California, you need the assistance of an experienced DUI attorney like Robert Helfend.
A drunk driving arrest is complex because it involves both an administrative process and a criminal process. These two actions are separate, yet they can affect each other. The DMV is authorized to suspend your driver’s license immediately following a drunk driving arrest. Failure to cooperate with field sobriety tests can also lead to an immediate, longer suspension of driving privileges. The arresting officer will confiscate your driver’s license and may issue a temporary license in its place. The temporary license allows you to drive for 30 days provided your license is valid, and not suspended for any other reason.
For a first offense, the administrative suspension is for 4 months. You can request a hearing to ask for the return of your license, and separately, you can apply for a restricted license to travel to and from work. A subsequent DUI offense within 10 years of your first offense will result in a 1-year administrative suspension. The DMV process is absolutely separate from a criminal DUI process. At a criminal hearing, if you are found guilty, the judge can impose additional sanctions, including jail time, fines, additional license suspension or revocation, driver retraining, additional driving restrictions and community service requirements among other things.
If you’re arrested for DUI in Simi Valley, contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County DUI case.
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