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What to Do After a DUI Arrest

Were you recently arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in Orange County? If so, don’t panic. A DUI arrest does not necessarily mean a conviction as long as you hire a good DUI attorney. There are DUI defenses that work and sometimes, they can lead to a reduction to a wet reckless, a favorable plea bargain, or a dismissal.

Even if you took a blood or breath test and your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) came back at or above the .08% legal limit, we still may be able to challenge the charges. We will look at the legality of the police stop, the field sobriety tests, and the chemical test evidence to see if everything was handled properly.

There have been issues with Orange County labs in the past, so it doesn’t mean that a result is accurate or that evidence was collected and stored correctly. Additionally, police officers can make mistakes, whether intentional or not. What we’re saying is there is a lot to consider in a DUI case other than the fact that the defendant is facing DUI prosecution.

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS IN A DUI CASE

Whenever you are arrested for any criminal offense, including DUI, you have a right to a defense attorney. You have a right to fight your DUI charges. After a DUI arrest, don’t delay. Contact our firm immediately to speak with an experienced DUI defense lawyer to start exploring your legal defenses.

What are some possible DUI defenses?

  • The traffic stop was illegal. For example, the officer didn’t have probable cause to stop you or the officer followed you after you left a bar.
  • No one read you your Miranda Rights.
  • The breathalyzer that was used to measure your BAC was not calibrated correctly or if gave a false reading because it was defective.
  • The BAC results from the breathalyzer were inaccurate because you have diabetes, you swigged mouthwash before the test, or you recently consumed food.
  • The blood evidence was collected or stored incorrectly.

Please be aware that after a DUI arrest, you only have 10 days from the date of the arrest to request a DMV hearing to contest the suspension of your driver license, so it’s very important that you get in touch with our office very soon. If you don’t request the hearing within the 10-day window, your driver license will be suspended automatically.

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For professional, legal assistance with the DMV hearing and your DUI case, contact the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. today.