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Do I Need an Orange County DUI Attorney?

So, you were arrested for driving under the influence in Orange County, California. This is your first ever DUI offense and now you’re wondering what to do. Do you represent yourself and plead guilty? Do you use the same lawyer who handled your divorce? Or, do you hire a DUI defense specialist?

Would you perform your own surgery? Since that’s a big “No!” you shouldn’t represent yourself in court either. If you wanted a tooth pulled, would you ask your primary care physician to do it, or would you call an experienced dentist to perform the extraction?

It’s not all that different with DUIs. You don’t want to defend yourself because you have zero experience and you probably don’t have a law degree. You could use a general practice attorney who mainly focuses on civil litigation and family law, but why would you want to call him or her if they’ve only handled a few DUI cases over their careers?

Reasons to Hire a DUI Lawyer

When you have been arrested for driving under the influence, you have a limited amount of time to get moving on your case to prevent the DMV from automatically suspending your driver’s license. While the DA may not even charge you with DUI for months, or even up to a year, you will likely lose your driver's license almost immediately if you fail to request a DMV hearing within 10 days of the DUI arrest.

With so little time to defend your driving privileges, you should recognize the importance of having a DUI attorney by your side from the very beginning of your case. Even though it can take the DA months to file DUI charges, it does not mean that you should sit back and do nothing. It may take the court some time to schedule your first court appearance, but in the meantime the DMV will be taking swift action against you. In the face of an automatic driver’s license suspension, ask yourself:

  • Can I afford to have my license suspended?
  • How will I get to work or school?
  • How will I drive my family around?
  • Will my auto insurance be affected by the suspension?
  • What would happen if I was caught driving on a suspended license?
  • What are the penalties for driving on a suspended license?
  • Would I go to jail if I drove on a suspended license?

Since you probably do not know the answers to the above questions, we strongly recommend that you contact our office to schedule a free case evaluation with an experienced member of our DUI defense team.

What is my best option?

Your last and best option is to call in an expert – a DUI defense specialist who has defended not a handful of DUI cases, but hundreds, if not thousands over the years. You need someone who understands the science behind chemical tests (e.g. blood and breath tests) and how they influence California DUI cases.

At our DUI defense firm, you will be represented by some of the best DUI attorneys in Orange County and throughout Southern California. To understand what we are talking about, check out our lead attorney’s credentials:

About Attorney Virginia L. Landry:

  • Practicing law since 1988
  • Board Certified in DUI Defense
  • Admitted to practice in the state and federal courts
  • Regent for the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD)
  • Serves on the Board of Directors for the California DUI Lawyers Association
  • Certified instructor on standardized field sobriety testing
  • Past President of the West Orange County Bar Association
  • Sustaining Member for the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

At the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc., we take pride in defending people against DUI charges. Every day, we are constantly looking for ways to serve our clients better and help them avoid the harsh consequences of a DUI conviction.

If you, or someone you love is facing DUI charges in Orange County, you deserve a strong defense. Don’t risk a criminal record by hiring someone who is not properly qualified to defend you. Instead, contact our office to schedule a free case evaluation with an experienced and aggressive member of our legal team!