If you have been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI), you may feel as though you have no defense. However, DUI charges can be dismissed. Breathalyzer calibration and maintenance often do not measure up to legal requirements, and police frequently do not follow their own rules and procedures for administering tests of intoxication. Researching the facts of the case, re-testing blood and urine tests, and aggressive representation in court can minimize the legal impact of the charges against you.
Most importantly for many individuals, a DUI conviction can mean loss of driving privileges, which can have a severe impact on one's livelihood and basic family activities. When you are arrested for a DUI, two proceedings are initiated against you: one is a criminal case in the court system, and the other is an administrative case with the Department of Motor Vehicles. The DMV proceeding addresses the suspension of your driver's license. It is important to contact the DMV quickly after a drunk driving arrest because you have only 10 days to request a hearing with the DMV.
In some cases an experienced DUI defense attorney can work to plea bargain and negotiate down the criminal charges against you, resulting in probation, educational courses, paying a fine, and accepting restrictions on your license.
A DUI defense attorney can also help you move on after your case. An attorney can help you find educational courses, advise you on insurance issues, and assist you with expunging your record.
The Law Offices of Vincent J. LaBarbera are experienced Orange County DUI attorneys. We have over 30 years of experience representing individuals charged with DUIs and other related offenses. We will represent you aggressively, explore every option for limiting the claims against you, and advise you of your options every step of the way. Contact us now at (949) 863-1663 for a confidential consultation.