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Orange County's DUI Queen®

Overview of DUI in Orange County

Types of DUI Charges in Orange County, California

In the state of California, DUI (driving under the influence) is a criminal offense that involves serious legal consequences. The mistake that too many people make after being charged with DUI is taking their charges lightly. When a person has been charged with DUI, he/she needs to be aware that a conviction can lead to life-altering legal consequences such as:

  • Monetary fines
  • Jail time
  • Probation

Additionally, a person may lose his/her driving privileges for a set period of time. With the legal penalties being so severe, it is never in a person’s best interest to make light of their DUI charges. Instead, people who have been charged with DUI need to place every effort into their defense, and that process begins with hiring the right DUI defense attorney.

What Is Driving Under the Influence?

DUI is defined as driving while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol; or driving with a blood alcohol concentration that is 0.08% or higher. Once a person has been arrested for DUI, he/she may be charged with two criminal offenses. The first offense is driving while impaired by drugs and/or alcohol. This offense is based upon the person’s inability to properly operate a motor vehicle due to being impaired. The second offense, known as the “per se” offense, revolves around the person’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC). If the person’s blood alcohol concentration is 0.08% or higher, he/she will be considered intoxicated by law enforcement.

Common DUI Defense Strategies

We can review your case and question the facts surrounding your specific situation. Our talented team may be able to find law enforcement or test result errors that will aid in your defense.

Common Errors Law Enforcement Officers Make:

  • Not Having Sufficient Probable Cause/Reasonable Suspicion to Stop or to Arrest:
    Before law enforcement officials can make a DUI traffic stop, they must have reasonable suspicion that a crime was committed in their presence to stop a car. To make an arrest a higher standard is needed called probable cause as defined in the California Penal Code §836(a). If law enforcement officials do not have sufficient probable cause, they cannot legally make the DUI traffic arrest.
  • Failure to Read Miranda Rights:
    In some cases, a police officer may fail to read a driver his/her Miranda Rights before placing the person under arrest. Miranda Rights are read to inform the person of his/her right to remain silent, right to an attorney, and right to have an attorney appointed to him/her. If the officer does not read the driver his/her Miranda Rights, anything the driver said before his/her arrest may not be admissible in court.
  • Inaccurate Field Sobriety Test Results:
    After a person is suspected of drunk driving, he/she may be asked to perform a series of field sobriety tests for the police officer. It is up to the police officer to determine if the person has passed or failed his/her field sobriety tests. The police officer must closely monitor the person’s balance, coordination, and motor skills while the person performs the test. It is believed that if a person is under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, he/she will have poor coordination. However, a person can perform poorly during the field sobriety tests for many reasons other than being intoxicated. Some of these reasons may include: slippery road conditions, poor lighting, poor instructions, nervousness, lack of coordination, and medical conditions that impair the person’s mental or physical coordination.

At the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, we work diligently to handle our clients’ cases so they can feel secure about their future. In every case we handle, we take a unique approach to ensure every part of the legal process is specific to their needs.

Retain an Orange County DUI Lawyer: (949) 537-2202

If you have been charged with DUI, you need to consult with a skilled DUI defense attorney immediately. The Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry has been representing clients charged with DUI in Orange County and surrounding counties since 1959. Attorney Virginia L. Landry knows that DUI charges demand prompt attention and that each DUI case should be carefully evaluated by an experienced lawyer. When it comes to successfully fighting your DUI charges, having a reputable DUI attorney on your side is crucial. At the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, clients receive the thoughtful legal counsel and aggressive defense they need to contest their DUI charges.

Call or fill out the online form to learn how Board Certified Attorney Virginia Landry can fight for you.

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Reasons to Choose Us

When Your Future Is On the Line, You Need
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  • Rated a "Top DUI Attorney" and Board Certified in DUI Defense

  • Achieved a Perfect 10 out of 10 Superb Rating on Avvo

  • Past President of the West Orange County Bar Association

  • Certified as a Standardized Field Sobriety Test Instructor

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