My question involves criminal law for the state of: California
I was pulled over and arrested for DUI VC23152 A and VC23152 B. near the beginning of september 2011. After spending the night in jail I was ordered to appear in court on Oct 4th. When I showed up, I was told the DA did not have my blood work back yet and was rescheduled for Dec 27th. I showed up Dec 27th and was told that the DA has not filed any charges. Meanwhile the DMV process which is separate from the court process was completed, they were able to obtain my blood work and the police report and suspend my license by Nov. 23 2011. I can get my CADL back on April first so long as the DA does not prosecute by then. It is now march 2012. It has been over seven months since I was arrested. I regularly check in with the court to make sure that my case is not on their docket. I have not received any additional info from the DA. I have also checked to make sure there are no warrants on me as recently as last week.
I'm pretty sure I was never arraigned, and I have not signed any document waiving my right to a speedy trial. What is the deal with this? Is it normal for the DA to take this long? I don't want to call the DA and remind them. If I get a DUI attorney will it call attention to the case and wreak any chance I might have of this "falling though the cracks"? Any advice is appreciated. Thank you.