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How Long Will My OC DUI Case Take?

If you’ve been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in Orange County, we highly recommend taking swift action within 10 days of the arrest to halt your license suspension. To do this, you must request a DMV hearing, which challenges the suspension of your driving privileges. If you don’t schedule this hearing, your license will be suspended automatically.

In the face of DUI charges you may be wondering, “How long will it take to conclude my DUI case?” In some instances, a DUI case can take over a year to finish, from arrest to final sentencing. On top of this, you may have to serve jail time, take alcohol education classes, or do community service in order for your DUI charge to be fully settled.

Why Some DUI Trials Take Longer

In 2009, a woman was driving 85 miles per hour with a BAC of nearly .16% when she crashed into a taxicab, killing two of the passengers. She did not stop at the scene of the accident and continued. In 2010, she was convicted of DUI, vehicular homicide, assault, and leaving the scene of an accident and was sentenced to 36 years in prison.

Her attorney appealed the case because the judge presiding over the case did not ask the jurors whether they had seen news reports on other convictions the driver previously had. However, the driver did not receive a new trial for reduced charges or sentencing.

This particular case took more than five years to complete, demonstrating that trials can be dragged out, specifically when they involve serious bodily injuries or death. However, the majority of DUI cases do not take years to complete – that’s more the exception than the norm. The unique facts and circumstances of your situation will always be the deciding factor in determining the length of your case.

Reasons why a DUI trial may take years:

  • The prosecutor has up to one year to file charges for a misdemeanor DUI, and three years for a felony DUI.
  • The court process includes numerous steps, including arraignment and evidence suppression hearings.
  • Your attorney will need to review any relevant police reports, witness testimonies, and other evidence before trial.
  • Waiting for a trial date to be set by the court.
  • Depending on the information present, there may be a number of court appearances you are required to attend.
  • Even if you are found guilty, there are options to appeal the case based on constitutional rights being violated.

When the appeals process begins, the trial process starts all over again, lengthening the amount of time between the arrest and any sentencing the court may hand down. When you’re 100% determined to reach the most favorable outcome possible, have the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. by your side! Board-certified in DUI defense, Attorney Landry not only works to help clients have the best defense, she guides them through all legal proceedings as swiftly and successfully as possible.

To discuss your case and what you can expect, contact our firm today.