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First DUI Offense

First DUI Offense

Newport Beach DUI Defense Lawyer

If you have been arrested for a DUI in Newport Beach, Irvine, Huntington Beach, or anywhere in Orange County, California, and this is your first offense, you are probably wondering what will happen to you, your car, your driving privileges, and your future. You may think all hope is lost and that your life is in ruins. There are many steps you must take after a first DUI offense. Paramount among them is to place your case in the hands of a skilled legal professional who deals with California DUI cases. It is strongly recommended that you contact the Newport Beach criminal defense attorney at the firm. Attorney Scott D. Hughes can provide competent and aggressive representation that may reduce your fines, fees, and other penalties.

After a first DUI arrest, you have 10 days to contact the DMV for a hearing to help avoid an automatic license suspension. If you do not contact the DMV, you will have waived your right to a hearing and your license will automatically be suspended in 30 days for a period of 4 months. Under certain criteria, you can obtain a restricted license allowing you to drive to and from work and alcohol classes. The Newport Beach DUI defense lawyer at the firm can assist you in obtaining this.

Once you have placed your case in the hands of a capable DUI attorney, such as Newport Beach DUI defense lawyer Scott D. Hughes, he will investigate your case, looking for issues which can be used to challenge the prosecution. In order for you to be convicted, the prosecutor must prove your guilt beyond a shadow of a doubt. Your DUI attorney can challenge the performance of a field sobriety test done by a police officer as well as the accuracy or reliability of any chemical test done. He can also challenge the police officer's account of your physical appearance or driving pattern. There are many possible defenses in fighting a DUI.

Are you facing a first DUI offense? Contact the Newport Beach DUI defense attorney at the firm immediately!

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