The siren is sounding in the back. The red flashing lights blur your vision and a person in uniform quickly approaches your car window. They knock.
“You’ve been pulled over for suspicion of drunk driving. Can I get your license and registration please?”
If the officer notices an odor of alcohol or finds your behavior suspicious in any manner, such as noticing a lack of coordination, slurred speech, or watery or red eyes, or even anything else the officer finds suspicious, you will quickly be asked to exit your vehicle and move to the side of the road.
This is where you’ll undergo your sobriety tests.
There are specific tasks and instructions that the Officer will give you in order to determine your level of intoxication (if any).
If, for any reason, the officer decides that you’ve failed to demonstrate the proper motor skills and the thinking process required to successfully operate a motor vehicle without endangering the other participants in traffic, the next step the officer will take is ask for your permission to perform a blood alcohol test, also known as BAC.
Almost all US states have adopted new Laws that have reduced the level of toleration to .08%, including California.
If your results show you are at or even a .01% above the permitted numbers – you’re in trouble.
Well, first of all, because failing these results is considered a DUI offense, it leads to charges, and will most likely result in a ride in the back of a police car where you will spend the night in jail before they press charges.
However, it is when you get out of the night in jail when the real trouble begins.
There is no exception in California when it comes to tackling the DUI charges. Every single state is known to take serious action when it comes to driving intoxicated, under the influence or DUI.
The exceptions are nonexistent, regardless of the circumstances, and considering the State’s Zero Tolerance approach, every single charged individual can expect to be arrested and charged accordingly.
However, getting the help of an experienced, specialized professional can greatly aid your chances in diminishing the negative consequences and preparing a defense against the charges that will lead to the most reliable results.
But first of all, let’s look at what the Law exactly states about the DUI and similar charges and what are the consequences you may be facing if you make any of these violations.
Orange County DUI Charges
Driving under the influence, also known is DUI, under the Law is considered as any action that involves operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level, also known as BAC, over the legal limit set by the State of California’s Laws.
If you are arrested for a DUI under any circumstances, the State will prosecute and charge you accordingly. The first offence usually entails a less strict sentence such as a loss of license for a period of 1 year and a federally mandated ABP, as well as probation.
However, individuals that have made multiple DUI and similar violations will be prosecuted, dependently on the individual State’s laws & jurisdiction, to the full extent of the law.
As you can see, a DUI charges are quite serious and need to be addressed professionally in order to reduce the consequences to the lowest scope.
A DWI, driving while intoxicated, also falls under the description of “any act of operating motor vehicle with the alcohol level found in the blood higher than the legal limit set by the State you’re in”. Some states use the term DWI instead of DUI.
Even though the DUI sanctions depend on the State, the offense is most likely to result with time in jail, loss of license and a federally mandated alcohol treatment program participation.
We fully understand that the consequences seem extremely worrying. Especially when you look at the national statistics showing that there are 900,000 arrests every single year on DUI charges.
However, in case you find yourself encountering the DUI charges, there are few crucially important steps you need to take in order to minimize the consequences and ensure you get sanctioned minimally.
- Immediately get in touch with a professional, experienced, qualified, and preferably specialized DUI Lawyer that specializes solely in DUI cases and understands everything surrounding the DUI charges on a deep level, thus being able to assist you in getting minimal sanctions in the most efficient manner.
- Consult with your Lawyer and explain all the details surrounding your case and situation. Every bit of information helps, so make sure to be as comprehensive as possible.
- The Lawyer will explain what he/she can do to assist your defense and will make sure to use the full extent of his/hers knowledge to design an approach that will lead to the best result.
If you are finding yourself facing DUI charges, the Orange County DUI Attorneys at Miller and Associates will be happy to assist you with your case.
As a professional firm specializing in DUI cases, when cooperating with us, you can rest assured that you’ve handed your case in the hands of a reliable, committed professionals that have an impeccable track record when it comes to DUI / DWI cases.