There are times when a person has been charged with a DUI but are unaware of the charge. They usually find out when they get a warrant notice from the court in the mail or get stopped for a traffic infraction and end up being taken into custody. It can be quite a shock!

Being unaware of a DUI charge can happen when you have been in a traffic collision – whether it’s your fault or not, and taken by ambulance to the hospital. The hospital routinely draws blood for a variety of tests, including one for BAC (blood alcohol concentration), without your actual consent or awareness. Because you are released from the hospital without being taken to the jail, fingerprinted, or given a court date, you can be totally unaware that there is already a warrant issued.

If you were involved in a car accident and woke up in the hospital after you had been drinking, most likely the police already know. NOW IS THE TIME TO HIRE AN ATTORNEY. You may have even given a statement and can’t remember. No matter, the legal process is already in motion and you need the help of an experienced Rancho Cordova DUI attorney sooner than later. Don’t waste precious time!

There is a process for clearing a warrant and getting a court date but it requires timely action. Here in Sacramento, if you have been arrested by any county agency, you must go to the Sheriff’s Department Warrant Desk. If you have been arrested by the Sacramento Police Department, the process is different. In this case, you must go to the Sacramento Police Department located at 5770 Freeport Blvd. You will want your experienced DUI attorney to go with you to get your warrant cleared and to make sure your rights are being protected.

There is also the DMV issue that must be addressed. Even though you were hospitalized and might not have been aware that there was an actual DUI investigation, the DMV still requires that you call them within ten days of the incident. If that time has passed, you will lose the opportunity to defend your driver’s license through an administrative hearing. If you already missed the ten-day window, there still may be things our experienced DUI lawyer in Rancho Cordova can do to make sure you get that hearing and get your license back.