The days following an arrest for Driving Under the Influence can be overwhelming and frightening, especially for those who have just been arrested for the first time. To add more stress to the situation, you may start receiving phone calls and letters from insurance agencies and companies that install the ignition interlock device (IID). Representatives of some of these companies will tell you that you need to immediately purchase an SR22 proof of insurance to file with the DMV and you must immediately install an IID. These statements are false. These companies are preying on recently arrested persons fears and trying to make money. CONTACT our office today if you are receiving these solicitations following your DUI arrest.
You are not required to obtain an SR22 or install an IID following an arrest for DUI. Only upon a court conviction, or adverse finding in the DMV administrative per se hearing, will you be required to file an SR22. Furthermore, you will only be required to install an IID if you are convicted in court of DUI (*Note that on 1st time DUI offenses Los Angeles is the only county in Southern California with this requirement). There are no requirements that you obtain either an SR22 or install an IID after only an arrest. The companies informing you otherwise are providing false and deceptive information.
The other thing that you can expect to see within days following an arrest for DUI is mail from attorneys. Unfortunately, the names and addresses of persons arrested is public record. There are companies that gather this information and make it available to attorneys, insurance companies, and IID installers. The correspondence from attorneys is commonly referred to as "jail mail." You will begin receiving all sorts of flyers and letters within days of your arrest. Some lawyers will offer a "discount" fee, while others will boast of their track record and claimed "success" in DUI cases. There are some good attorneys that send jail mail. There are also some that are not so good. Beware from the outset of those offering a "cheap" price. Remember the old adage "you get what you pay for." It is best to find an attorney that concentrates his or her practice on DUI cases. DUI is a niche area of criminal law, with many unique legal and scientific issues. If you are in the Los Angeles area, CONTACT our office today for a free and confidential consultation. Berglund Law Office, P.C. specializes in representing individuals charged with DUI.