Are you facing DUI Charges in Orange County?

When it comes to a DUI or related charges in Orange County, hiring a DUI attorney who understands the nuances of the Orange County Court system is critical. Knowing that you have a skilled DUI defense attorney on your side to be your guide through the unique processes of the Orange County Superior Court system, will provide you with confidence that your rights are being protected.

A DUI is a serious offense in Orange County. Penalties can include the following:

  • Incarceration
  • Work Release
  • Probation
  • Electronic Monitoring
  • Alcohol Monitoring
  • Mandatory Participation In An Alcohol Treatment Program
  • Fine and Fees
  • Installation Of An Ignition Interlock Device
  • Restitution
  • Suspension or Revocation of Driver’s License

With the help of the DUI Professor, you will have the information and representation you need to approach your case with confidence. The DUI Professor will provide you with an understanding of both the Court and DMV processes in Orange County.

Choosing the Right Orange County DUI Defense Lawyer

Your case deserves personalized attention. Choosing an attorney who understands this is vital to obtaining a proper defense. The DUI lawyer you select should be highly skilled and focused on DUI and related charges as they apply to the finer details of being charged in Orange County.

From misdemeanor to felony charges, our Orange County DUI attorneys will understand how to approach your case and build a defense that is not only specific to you, but will be presented to your best advantage in an Orange County Superior Court. A solid defense delivered by a competent and thorough DUI attorney can relieve your stress and greatly minimize your embarrassment. In the case of misdemeanor charges, your Orange County DUI lawyer can appear in Court on your behalf without you even having to be present. While you get on with your life, your DUI attorney will be working hard to minimize any penalties associated with your DUI arrest.

The DUI Professor will answer your questions, and fight hard to defend your rights in Court and at the DMV hearing.

Orange County Court Process

Generally speaking, a DUI case in Orange County begins when a person is arrested by a peace officer for driving under the influence of alcohol. After arrest, the officer forwards his/her arresting documents to the Office of the District Attorney. Once the arrest report is received by the Office of the Orange County District Attorney, it will then go under review by a charging deputy who will decide what charges, if any, should be filed. Under most circumstances, charges are filed via complaint. The initial Court appearance is the arraignment at which the Orange County DUI attorney will typically enter a plea of “not guilty” and receive a copy of the complaint and discovery. Other times the defense attorney may continue the arraignment if it is in the best interest of the client. As mentioned above, if the person is charged with a misdemeanor, then he/she may not have to appear in Court and the lawyer can make all appearance on the client’s behalf. If a “not guilty” plea is entered, the case will be set for pretrial. At pretrial a DUI lawyer will negotiate with the deputy district attorney on the client’s behalf, decide if additional discovery needs to be requested, and file any motions necessary. Additionally, the DUI lawyer will help the client decide if it is in his/her best interest to enter into a negotiated plea agreement or take the case to trial. Understanding the unique ebb and flow of the Orange County Superior Court system provides a skilled DUI attorney with knowledge and insight on how to best protect your rights.

The DUI Professor will determine your legal needs and act on your behalf to meet those needs. Contact the DUI Professor today for a free case evaluation!

Orange County DMV Process

If you have in your possession a pink sheet of paper given to you by your arresting officer, there are a couple of things you need to know. If you had a valid driver’s license at the time of your arrest, the pink sheet serves as your temporary license for 30 days. The pink sheet is known as the Administrative Per Se Suspension/Revocation Order & Temporary Driver License. After the 30 days following your arrest, your license will be automatically suspended if further action has not been taken. To avoid suspension, an Administrative Per Se (APS) hearing must be requested through the City of Orange Driver Safety Office within 10 days of your arrest. Failure to schedule that hearing in the 10 day time frame will result automatic suspension of your license 30 days following arrest. By making sure you have an Orange County DUI defense professional on your side, you can breathe easy knowing that matters like this will be handled in an effective and efficient manner. Your DUI attorney will request:

  • APS Hearing
  • Discovery
  • A Stay On Your License

The City of Orange Driver Safety Office will issue a new temporary driver’s license once the APS hearing has been requested. Your new temporary driver’s license will be valid with full driving privileges until a decision is rendered on the APS hearing. A Hearing Officer representing the City of Orange Driver Safety Office will preside over the APS hearing. The Hearing Officer has the burden of proving the following issues:

There are three issues if the licensee submitted to a chemical test:

  • Did the officer have reasonable cause to believe that the licensee was operating a motor vehicle in violation of California Vehicle Code Sections 23152 or 23153?
  • Was the licensee lawfully arrested?
  • Was the licensee driving a motor vehicle with .08% or more, by weight, of alcohol in the blood?

There are four issues if the licensee refused to submit to, or failed to complete, a chemical test:

  • Did the officer have reasonable cause to believe that the licensee was operating a motor vehicle in violation of California Vehicle Code Sections 23152 or 23153?
  • Was the licensee lawfully arrested?
  • Was the licensee informed that refusing to submit to, or failure to complete, a breath or blood test would result in a one year license suspension or two or three year revocation?
  • Did the licensee refuse to submit to, or fail to complete, a chemical test after being requested to by a peace officer?

During this process, your Orange County DUI attorney will employ the weapon of experience to most effectively present a comprehensive rebuttal. Objection to documents submitted by the Hearing Officer, calling witnesses and providing rebuttal evidence are some of the tactics your DUI lawyer will utilize to build a solid defense. At the completion of the hearing, the Hearing Officer will review all the evidence submitted by both sides and render a written decision. The decision will either end the stay on the license suspension or set aside the license suspension.

Serving Orange County

The DUI Professor is skilled at protecting clients’ rights, and services the following locations: Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Cypress, Dana Point, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, La Habra, Lake Forest, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Stanton, Tustin, Villa Park, Westminster, and Yorba Linda.