Holiday weekends, like Memorial Day, often see an increase in DUI arrests. In Orange County, law enforcement's "Avoid the 38" DUI task force was in full effect over the long weekend, with increased patrols and sobriety checkpoints to deter and catch drunk drivers.
One Huntington Beach sobriety/driver's license checkpoint conducted on Friday night yielded five DUI arrests. The checkpoint, which operated on Main Street and Palm Avenue from 7:15pm to 2:20am, resulted in 465 vehicle screenings. Seven standardized field sobriety tests were administered, and four drivers were arrested on suspicion of DUI. One driver was arrested for a DUI warrant. In addition to drunk driving arrests, officers also impounded two vehicles and issued two citations for driving without a license.
Whether you were stopped at this or another checkpoint or encountered a patrol officer in another scenario, it is important to be aware of your rights and options. This is particularly true if you were actually arrested on suspicion of DUI, which may result in driver's license suspension, incarceration and fines if you are convicted. Early involvement of an attorney will be your best chance at avoiding these repercussions.
In the face of any DUI arrest, it is essential that you act quickly and review your options with a legal professional. You have only 10 days from the date of your arrest, for example, to contact the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and arrange a hearing to challenge the suspension of your driver's license. The decisions you make from the point that you are arrested, including the statements you make and whether you accept a plea bargain, may have a direct impact on any eventual conviction, acquittal or dismissal.
At the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, we are familiar with the typical increase in drunk driving arrests seen across Orange County over holiday weekends. We are also familiar with the mistakes and instances of police misconduct that may occur while patrols are increased and sobriety checkpoints are conducted. Armed with this knowledge, we fight for drivers' rights and interests both in criminal court proceedings and at DMV hearings held regarding their licenses.
In the wake of a Memorial Day DUI arrest, do not leave your future in the hands of those who wish to see you without a license and behind bars. Give yourself a fighting chance with a competent attorney who can look into the particular circumstances surrounding your field sobriety tests, blood or breath test and arrest to see how to approach your defense and offer you the best opportunity at a positive case result. An Orange County DUI attorney at our firm can offer the level of legal counsel you need – call our offices today to see how we can help you.