In November, an undercover operation by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department netted two people suspected of illegally driving away from DUI court appearances at the Harbor Justice Center. The two, among eight defendants told by a judge not to drive while their licenses were suspended or revoked, were followed through the courthouse parking lot by sheriff’s deputies. Each was given a misdemeanor citation for driving on a suspended license; their vehicles were impounded for 30 days. The offenders could serve additional jail time and face lengthier license suspensions.

California courts show little leniency in DUI cases even for misdemeanor first offenses. If you’re charged with DUI in Orange County or anywhere in southern California, and your license is suspended by a judge or by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), do not drive your vehicle for any reason – it will only make things worse for you. You’ll have ten days after being charged with DUI to request a hearing before the DMV regarding the suspension of your license. If you do not request a hearing, your license will be suspended automatically. That means you need to put an experienced Orange County DUI defense attorney on the case immediately.

If you are charged with DUI in California, you’re going to need the services of an experienced DUI attorney who will defend you aggressively at every stage of the legal process. Fines, a license suspension, and even jail time are real possibilities, but a good DUI defense lawyer will assess the specifics of your case, explain your options, and guide you through the hearings and procedures. A good DUI defense lawyer might, in some cases, discover grounds to have your charges reduced or even dismissed altogether. And if your case goes to trial, a good DUI defense lawyer will work diligently for the best possible resolution. Even if you’re “only” a first-time offender, if you’re facing any kind of DUI or DUI-related charge in southern California, speak to an experienced Orange County DUI defense attorney as quickly as possible.