Orange County DUI Attorney
Defending Drunk Driving Charges in Orange County, CA
Have you been arrested for
DUI (driving under the influence) in Orange County, California? If so, you
need a competent
Orange County DUI lawyer at your side to defend your Constitutional rights and assist you in avoiding
a criminal conviction and the
suspension of your driver's license. Virginia L. Landry is a premier
DUI defense lawyer, dedicated to providing aggressive and personalized legal counsel
to clients throughout all of Orange County who have been arrested for
drunk driving offenses of all kinds, ranging from
first time DUI offenses all the way to
felony DUI or
At the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, you can expect to receive the
guidance and representation that you need in the face of your DUI charges.
We offer skilled legal counsel both in criminal court and at our clients'
DMV hearings with the California Department of Motor Vehicles. We have found that by
representing clients in both of these actions, we are able to build more
effective cases that result in more positive case outcomes.
Your initial consultation with
Orange County DUI attorney Virginia L. Landry is free. We welcome you to call us toll free at (877)
384-7833 or to contact us online for your free case evaluation. Don't accept a
plea bargain or submit to questioning without at least first consulting with a lawyer.
The Anatomy of an Orange County DUI Arrest
Although specific circumstances will vary on a case by case basis, a
DUI arrest in Orange County may proceed as follows:
A police officer patrolling the roads notices a driver who is driving erratically
or who is violating a traffic law. The driver may be swerving, driving
too slowly, speeding, driving recklessly or otherwise displaying behavior
which may indicate intoxication or a person
driving under the influence of drugs.
- The officer will pull the driver over to the side of the road.
- Upon pulling over the driver, the officer will ask to see license and registration
information. At this time, the officer may also look for outward signs
that indicate a driver may be DUI, such as bloodshot eyes or slurred speech.
The officer may also ask the driver if he or she has been drinking, where
he or she is going, etc.
Depending on behavior observed at the
initial police stop, the officer may ask the driver to step outside of the vehicle to perform
field sobriety tests. These are used to gauge a driver's mental and physical abilities
and may include the Walk and Turn, One Leg Stand or Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus.
- The driver's performance on field sobriety tests as well as what he
or she says or does will typically determine whether the police officer
makes an arrest for DUI.
After an arrest is when Orange County law enforcement may ask a driver
to submit to a
breath test or blood test in order to determine his or her
blood alcohol concentration, and criminal charges will follow.
What is DUI (Driving Under the Influence)?
DUI is most often a misdemeanor offense in California and involves a driver
operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled
substance. To be considered "under the influence" under California
drunk driving law, the driver must have a blood alcohol concentration
of .08% or greater or must have physical/mental abilities that are impaired
due to alcohol and/or drugs. To prove that a driver was operating a motor
vehicle under the influence, law enforcement and the District Attorney
will use performance on field sobriety tests and the outcome of a
breathalyzer test or blood test that was administered after the driver's arrest.
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Why hire an Orange County DUI defense lawyer?
If you've been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving in Orange County,
you may wonder whether you should involve an attorney. This is an important
issue to consider. We cannot stress enough how important it is to involve
an Orange County DUI attorney as early in the process as possible. When
you are arrested for DUI, the arresting officer will confiscate your driver's
license and give you a "notice of suspension" that will serve
as a temporary license. Upon your failure or refusal of a breath test
or blood test, the DMV will automatically begin suspension proceedings.
You must contact the Drivers Safety Office of the DMV within 10 calendar
days of your arrest in order to challenge the suspension of your driver's
license - or it will be suspended regardless of the outcome of your case.
The DMV hearing and your criminal case are two entirely separate parts
to your DUI charges. Even if you are not found guilty of DUI, you could
still lose your license depending upon how the DMV hearing goes. Your
lawyer will be able to represent your interests in your DMV hearing to
help ensure that you have the best chance at keeping your driving privileges.
Many people in Orange County need a license to keep a job and care for
themselves and their families. If keeping your license is important to
you, you should speak immediately with an experienced DUI lawyer to discuss
your options and to learn how your right to drive can be protected in
the DMV hearing.
That is just one benefit of working with a lawyer. Additionally, you will
be facing criminal charges in court. This means that you may face imprisonment
as well as heavy fines, community service, counseling, or mandatory drug/alcohol
treatment or rehabilitation. This is a legal process, and law enforcement
and the prosecution will be working hard to try to secure a conviction
against you. Your Orange County DUI lawyer will be the only person on
your side, standing in the way of a potential conviction,
DUI penalties, a criminal record, and a limited future.
Contact an Orange County DUI defense attorney today!
Any criminal conviction on your record can result in problems in your future.
It is very important that you speak with a knowledgeable lawyer who knows
how to protect your rights and help ensure that you do not have to suffer
due to overzealous punishment or experience harsh consequences. Drunk
driving and DUI-related crimes carry very serious consequences and are
also treated very strictly by law enforcement agencies. Even if this is
your first brush with the law, you cannot expect that you will be treated
It does not matter if this is your first DUI-related charge or if you have
prior convictions on your record, you deserve to have a powerful and aggressive
defense lawyer on your side to help defend your constitutional rights.
The fact of the matter is that everyone has a right to legal counsel and
you could greatly benefit from exercising that right. If you are worried
about your future after a DUI conviction, please don't hesitate to
contact the firm to speak with someone who can help answer your questions
and help get your case on the right track.
For the experienced help you need and deserve, contact the Law Offices
of Virginia L. Landry today. We are here to defend you against your DUI
charges and will offer you the level of legal counsel you rightfully deserve.
Contact Orange County DUI lawyer Virginia Landry today.