Alarm that a large number of people have been killed in collisions with intoxicated drivers on San Diego County’s streets and roadways this summer brought prosecutors and law enforcement officials together in September with a plea to southern California motorists. Don’t drink and drive. At a downtown news conference on September 1, San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis listed the deaths of two medical students whose car was hit by a suspected drunken driver in May, two passengers trapped in a burning car when their driver crashed in August, and a number of other tragic recent cases. “The list is way too long,” Dumanis said. “It’s a summer of shame when it comes to DUIs.”

There’s no reason for anyone to drive while under the influence of alcohol. In Orange County, however, if you make a mistake and you get arrested for DUI – or if you’re wrongly accused and you’re innocent – arrange at once to obtain reliable and trustworthy legal counsel by contacting an experienced Orange County DUI lawyer. Eleven people have died in suspected DUI-related crashes in San Diego County since May, with six in August alone. By comparison, there were 16 fatal DUI accidents in the county in all of 2014, prosecutors said. “If you choose to have a drink, have a plan – have a designated driver or use an alternative transportation system,” said San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman.

With the holidays approaching, it’s more important than ever to avoid drinking and driving. If you are charged with DUI in Orange County, be certain that you retain an attorney who exclusively represents clients accused of DUI. Good DUI attorneys routinely prevail on behalf of their clients in southern California, so don’t attempt to act as your own attorney – too much is at risk. If you’re arrested and charged with driving under the influence, put your case immediately in the hands of an experienced Orange County DUI lawyer.