In the state of California, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs and/or alcohol. It is also illegal to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or higher. If a person drives while impaired by drugs and/or alcohol, or drives with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or higher, he/she can be charged with driving under the influence (DUI) by California law enforcement.
Law enforcement may make a DUI arrest they have sufficient probable cause. If law enforcement has reason to suspect DUI, such as noticing open containers in a person’s vehicle, they make legitimately make a DUI arrest. Additionally, law enforcement may make a DUI arrest if the person’s breath alcohol test results are 0.08% or higher, or if the person fails his/her field sobriety tests.
Once a person is placed under arrest for DUI, he/she will be served with a Notice of Suspension from law enforcement. This Notice will inform the person of his/her right to schedule an Administrative Hearing with the California Department of Motor Vehicles to contest the suspension of his/her driver’s license. From the time of his/her arrest, the person only has 10 days to schedule his/her DMV Hearing, or his/her driving privileges will automatically be suspended.
Hiring a DUI Attorney
After a person has been arrested for DUI, it is important that he/she retain the services of a qualified DUI defense attorney. Without the help of a DUI lawyer, people stand little chance of successfully fighting their DUI charges and preserving their driving privileges. By hiring a DUI defense lawyer, people can be assured that their case is handled by an experienced professional who understands California DUI law and the criminal process.
Orange County DUI Defense Lawyers
Coffey & Coffey – Attorneys at Law
If you have been charged with driving under the influence in Orange County, you will need to hire an attorney who can protect your constitutional rights and defend you both in and out of court. At Coffey & Coffey, our experienced DUI attorneys have helped countless clients throughout Orange County and surrounding areas fight their DUI charges. We are skilled attorneys who strive to provide each of our clients with exceptional legal representation and advice.
The DUI lawyers at Coffey & Coffey represent clients in Orange County, including Fullerton, Santa Ana, Laguna Niguel, Westminster, and Newport Beach.