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California is a popular destination for out of state residents to come and visit. Whether it be for vacation, to visit friends and family, or for work, one thing is for certain; it is necessary to drive from one place to another. Unlike many other states, travel by public transportation and cab is not as common as it is in other states.

Driving around can often lead to getting arrested for the suspicion of driving under the influence. The proper jurisdiction for the case to be heard is in California, where the incident occurred. But what happens when you are done with your trip and return back home? Does your case get transferred with you, or do you have to fly back for hearings and to complete any sentence the Court may order?

Unfortunately, because you are driving in California at the time of the incident, and you are submitting to California law and procedure, California State Courts will be the only court that has proper jurisdiction over your case. It is a matter for the California government and judicial system, not for any other state.

When you have been arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you are not yet convicted. The prosecutor on your case has to prove that you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt before you can be convicted and sentenced for your case.

Your first court appearance is called an Arraignment. At the arraignment the Judge will inform you of your Constitutional rights and you will be given a plea bargain. A plea bargain is an offer a prosecutor will make to a defendant. It usually involves a lesser charge or penalty, and the offer is only on the table for the arraignment. If you plead guilty and accept the offer, your case will be concluded and you will not have a chance to go to trial.

When you decide to plead guilty, you will be given a Tahl waiver to initial and sign. The Tahl waiver is a very important document and it is highly recommended that you thoroughly review and understand the document before you sign it. If you have a Los Angeles DUI lawyer, it is extremely important that you take the time to sit and review the document with your attorney before you sign and initial it.