In Orange County, and throughout the state of California, driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious criminal offense that can wreak devastation on a person’s personal and professional lives. An experienced Orange County DUI defense attorney will ensure that you have the greatest chance of a desirable outcome for your case. Too many people charged with such an offense do not approach the matter as seriously and cautiously as necessary because they do not anticipate or understand the far reaching indirect consequences. Many accept a seemingly tolerable grant of probation in hopes of quickly moving forward in their lives, only to feel the unforeseen hardships after it is too late to challenge the charges and remain haunted by the records of DUI conviction and driver’s license suspension later in life.
Those charged with DUI must be fully aware of the many consequences that lie ahead and take affirmative action to preserve their present lives and protect their futures.
Driving Under the Influence Defined
In the state of California, a person is guilty of driving under the influence if that person’s blood alcohol concentration was 0.08 percent or higher at the time of driving, or if “his or her mental or physical abilities are so impaired that he or she is no longer able to drive a vehicle with the caution of a sober person, using ordinary care, under similar circumstances”.
DUI can technically be charged as two different crimes, but they are so similar that a defendant cannot be sentenced on both in connection with one offense. A knowledgeable Orange County DUI defense attorney can help you wade through the details of your case and make them more clear to you.
The purpose of the two statutes is to make it easier for prosecutors to convict defendants despite the readily available scientific knowledge, and common sense conclusion, that many drivers are not impaired for purposes of driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08%. The two separate sections also make it easier to convict individuals charged with violating the law based on a breath alcohol concentration measurement, despite the fact that breath alcohol concentration techniques do not measure blood alcohol level and are an inaccurate estimator of blood alcohol level when the test subject’s breath alcohol to blood alcohol ratio is unknown.
Retain an Orange County DUI Defense Attorney Before It’s Too Late
After being pulled over, arrested, and booked into jail for a DUI charge, the defendant in most circumstances will have the ability to bond out or be released on a promise to appear in court. It is very important that an arrested individual hire a competent Orange County DUI defense attorney within ten calendar days of being arrested to guarantee that his attorney will have an opportunity to prevent the automatic suspension of his privilege to drive in California and to challenge the pending petition to suspend his driver’s license.
Call The Law Offices of Todd Landgren today and enlist a the most capable help available to take control of your charges.