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Driving Under the Influence

Driving under the influence (DUI) laws in California are strict and aggressively enforced by law enforcement throughout Newport Beach. In 2010, there were over 195,000 arrests for drunk driving in the state, which has caused law officers to be more on the lookout for those they suspect to be intoxicated. Anyone driving in the state with .08% or higher blood alcohol content (BAC) can be arrested or charged with DUI.

Out of all the arrests, the average BAC level for those that ended up convicted was at .15 percent. Most of the time, officers and prosecutors will attempt to convict anyone and everyone who has been arrested for a DUI. For many cases of drivers with a lower alcohol concentration, it seems unfair to judge all them on the same scale as those high above the legal limit.

Officers can conduct a traffic stop on anyone they believe to be driving erratically or in some unsafe manner which they believe may be as a result of intoxication. Once stopped, a person is normally given a field sobriety test, where they are given certain standardized actions to perform which can indicate impaired motor control skills. These tests of physical ability and awareness are meant to reveal signs of inebriation, but they allow room for error. Do not take these results as absolute truth with no way out. Get in touch with an attorney immediately following your arrest and do not give a statement to any law enforcement, despite what they say.

What happens after my arrest?

Once you are arrested your license will be taken and you will be given a temporary license good for only 30 days. Within 10 days of your arrest you must schedule a DMV Hearing to dispute your license suspension. Failing to schedule that hearing will result in loss of your license after the 30 days. At your DMV Hearing it is very important to have strong legal counsel to challenge any evidence against you so as to stop your license suspension. Losing your license could result in large fines, possible loss of employment and increased insurance rates, among other consequences.

Potential Penalties

If dealt with incorrectly, this type of criminal offense could have you facing jail time, thousands of dollars in fines and other life-changing penalties. This is not even including the affect a conviction for driving while intoxicated may have on gaining a potential job or pursuing further education. Employers may fire employees that have been sentenced with DUI charges or individuals may have to quite because they are unable to get to and from work. With a suspended drivers' license, it is difficult to maintain a steady job and schooling.

More severe DUI convictions may even require an ignition interlock device placed in the vehicle of the individual convicted. This requires the driver to blow below .05 percent into a breathalyzer device before they drive. If their BAC is any higher, it is termed as a direct violation and the driver must report to a service agency within 2 days. Not only is it a hassle, but it is costly as well.

You will also require representation for your criminal case, to fight your charges. With a careful review of everything that transpired during your traffic stop, arrest and BAC testing, Mr. Hughes can seek to dispute any evidence obtained that failed to meet correct procedural methods. Our firm is very familiar with all aspects of a DUI case and can present a strong defense on your behalf. Please do not attempt to handle a case like this, considering the ramifications.

Strong Defense Against Your DUI Charges

When facing DUI charges you may be worried and anxious about the consequences. When you retain the Law Offices of Scott D. Hughes, you can be confident that you will receive individualized personal attention and dedicated legal counsel who will work hard to get you through this difficult time. Attorney Hughes will always handle your case personally, fighting for your rights from the beginning of your case through to its resolution.

Having been named one of the Top Attorneys in Southern California by Los Angeles Magazine in 2012, he is known for his work in the legal field. Writing a DUI handbook that was published in 2011, Mr. Hughes details out the information that you need to know before entering in legal proceedings for driving under the influence. He shares useful information that police officers do not want you as the accused to know in these kinds of cases. For strong criminal defense against your DUI charges in Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and Orange County, contact our office today.

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