If you were arrested for driving under the influence in Orange County,
you may be surprised to find out that the DA can take their time filing
charges against you. In the meantime, it can be nerve-wracking as you
wait for an ominous letter to arrive in the mail, informing you that you
are “officially” charged with a crime.
Let’s say that you were arrested for
DUI last year, and the case has been pending for months now. The DA finally
decided to file charges (they have 1 year for a misdemeanor DUI) and now
you have a court date coming up.
The DUI has been hanging over your head for almost a year, and you’ve
been losing sleep at night. You’re thinking you should just plead
guilty so you can put the DUI behind you. But, is this really the best
route to take?
Pleading Guilty is Not a Good Idea
No, we do not recommend that you plead guilty! If you’re like a lot
of people, you may think that just because you blew over .08% (the legal
limit), you’re surely guilty of DUI, but that’s not necessarily the case.
Sometimes the DUI suspect was a victim of police misconduct. Sometimes
the police had no probable cause to pull the driver over. Sometimes the
calibration was incorrect, or the driver has a rising BAC defense. In
other words, why would you plead guilty and acquire a permanent criminal
record if you don’t have to?
In the face of criminal charges, including DUI, you need an experienced
attorney advising you. It would be unwise to plead guilty to a misdemeanor
that would haunt you for the rest of your life, affecting everything from
auto insurance to child custody, to college applications, professional
licenses, and employment.
You don’t want to hire just any criminal defense attorney; you want
DUI defense lawyer. Often, a DUI attorney will know about DUI defenses that a non-DUI
attorney simply would not be aware of due to lack of experience defending DUIs.
Need a DUI defense lawyer? Contact our office to work with one of Orange
County’s top DUI defense firms.
Call now for a free consultation!