Driving Under the Influence is one of the most common crimes for which individuals in California are falsely accused. Many people charged with a DUI feel the evidence against them is overwhelming when this is actually not the case. During a DUI arrest, there are very specific procedures and guidelines that the police must, but often do not, follow. The failure to follow these strict guidelines can be used to strengthen your case and result in less severe charges and even an outright dismissal of your case.
Our Orange County, CA DUI Attorneys can explain how DUI cases can be broken down into two completely separate procedures, the DMV hearing and the criminal trial. At the DMV hearing, the DMV officer will decide whether or not to suspend or revoke a person’s driver’s license based on the evidence against them. Retaining a Orange County DUI Attorney to appear on your behalf at this hearing is recommended since the constitutional protections against self incrimination do not apply at these hearings and an individual accused of a DUI can be forced to testify against themselves. You should also contact an attorney as soon as possible because a DMV hearing must be requested no more than 10 days after receipt of the revocation/suspension of license notice.
The criminal DUI trial is completely separate from the DMV hearing and the prosecution must prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Penalties for conviction of DUI commonly range from being forced to take alcohol classes, paying fines, and being placed on probation for a number of years, to serious jail time depending on the details of the case, severity of the crime, and whether the individual has prior DUI convictions. These severe penalties can be minimized and sometimes completely eliminated when an attorney that is experienced in DUI law is on the case.
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At The Law Offices of Trinh & Bettencourt, we are your Orange County DUI Attorney. We will exhaust every possible avenue of defense in your case. Our law firm uses alternative dispute resolution techniques whenever possible to reduce costs for our clients, but when litigation is necessary, we are aggressive. When we go to court for you, we go to win.
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