California DUI Penalties: Orange County DUI Defense
If you have been arrested and charged with a DUI, you’re most likely wondering what penalties you’re facing if you are convicted. You would be surprised how many people charged with DUI think that pleading guilty may be their best options. Nothing could be further from the truth. The state will NOT “go easy” on you if you plead guilty. Hire an skillful and experienced lawyer. That is your best option. That is the only way to make sure your rights. When you hire an experienced lawyer, then your chances of winning your case go up.
The severity of penalties imposed on your case depends on a number of factors. Sentences are structured by a basic statue but there are sentence enhancements for certain situations. For example, if you have any prior DUIs in the last ten years, you’ll face enhanced penalties. You’ll also face more severe sentencing if you were driving 20 mph or more over the posted speed limit or if you had a minor in your vehicle under the age of 14.
Drivers are considered to be over the limit when their blood alcohol level reaches .08%. Once a person’s blood alcohol content reaches .16% or more, they are automatically placed in a different sentencing structure and will receive enhanced penalties. There are also enhanced sentences if someone was seriously injured or even killed in an accident in which alcohol or drugs played a part. And the list goes on. There are many reasons why you should hire an experienced Orange County DUI Attorney. Enhanced sentencing definitely tops the list.
An experienced DUI defense lawyer will defend your charge by uncovering a lack of probable cause or other weaknesses in the prosecution’s case. At Coffey and Coffey, that’s what we do every day exclusively in Orange County.
If you have been arrested with a DUI in Orange County, call us at 800-706-7888. Schedule a free consultation with Attorney Mike Coffey, and let’s discuss how Coffey and Coffey will defend your case.