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Arrested for DUI? Get Help Right Away!

Trusted Newport Beach Criminal Defense Lawyer

There is hope if you have been arrested for DUI: The Law Offices of Scott D. Hughes can push back against your DUI charges. You have a right to a legal defense and perfectly innocent people are arrested for DUI every year. Give yourself a chance at beating your charges by contacting a Newport Beach criminal defense attorney right away.

Attorney Hughes has a proven track record of satisfying his clients' needs as reflected in his Superb rating from Avvo. He couples his extensive knowledge of California criminal law with professional conduct in the courtroom. He can provide the defense to your DUI charge you need to maintain your freedom and clean record.

You Deserve Skilled Defense

Behavior is often cited by police as giving them the probable cause they are looking for to arrest you for DUI. This is a subjective criteria however and can be contested in court by your attorney.

Your appearance or behavior can be countered by arguing:

  • Your speech was slurred due to a lack of sleep or medication you were taking
  • Your "poor" performance on a field sobriety test was because of a physical impairment
  • The instructions for the field sobriety test were confusing, causing you to do "poorly"
  • Your bloodshot eyes were due to a lack of sleep, allergies, or wearing contacts

Field sobriety tests themselves are inherently subjective and no clear standard exists to pass or fail a test. Notwithstanding, if the officer failed to explain or demonstrate the test before asking you to perform it, the results could be thrown out.

Other Points of Contention in a DUI Arrest

A proper stop needs to begin with probable cause—an officer cannot stop a driver without a good reason to suspect they are committing or about to commit a crime. If you were instead stopped at random, your subsequent arrest could be dismissed.

If any blood or breath test was administered that reported a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or higher, these results can also be challenged. Breathalyzers are notoriously prone to give false readings if mouth alcohol or radio interference was involved. Similarly, blood samples are handled by several individuals, any one of which can contaminate the sample.

Police are also obligated to read you your rights upon being arrested, known as your Miranda rights. If an officer neglects to do so, your arrest could potentially be thrown out as well.

As you can see, a skilled Newport Beach DUI lawyer can challenge any supposed evidence suggesting you were intoxicated while behind the wheel. Let The Law Offices of Scott D. Hughes uphold your freedom and innocence in court no matter the details of your DUI arrest!

Call Attorney Hughes today and he can get to work building the legal defense you need!

Contact Law Offices of Scott D. Hughes Today!

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