With the exception of a brief, routine stop at a DUI checkpoint, a police officer must have a legitimate legal reason – probable cause – to stop your vehicle. Typically, when a driver is stopped in California, it’s because the driver is in some way in violation of the California Vehicle Code. If you can stay in compliance with the Vehicle Code, you can probably avoid a lot of legal trouble and maybe even a DUI arrest. If – despite your best efforts – you’re stopped and charged with DUI in Orange County, get legal representation immediately and contact an experienced Orange County DUI defense attorney as quickly as possible. Here are some simple ways to stay in compliance with the California Vehicle Code:

  • Avoid a license plate violation. If you are issued two plates, you must display them both.
  • Make sure that your headlights, taillights, and brake lights all work properly. Lights that aren’t working are the most common vehicle code violation.
  • In California, no after-market tinting is allowed except on rear windows, and then only if the vehicle has outside rearview mirrors on both sides.
  • Don’t hang anything from your rearview mirror or let anything obstruct your windshield.
  • Don’t litter. Even tossing out a cigarette butt is a code violation.

Even a first-offense misdemeanor DUI conviction is punishable by jail time, substantial fines and fees, and the temporary suspension of your driver’s license. If you’re a safe driver, in compliance with the Vehicle Code, and you don’t drink before driving, you should have no worries. If – in spite of your caution – you are stopped and arrested for DUI in Orange County, don’t plead guilty, and do not try to act as your own attorney. Even if you’re “only” a first-time DUI suspect, speak with an experienced Orange County DUI defense attorney as quickly as possible.