Orange County DUI Attorney
Gold & Witham - Aggressive DUI Defense
If you have been arrested and charged with a DUI offense in Orange County, you need to procure the help of a skilled DUI defense attorney in your area. Law enforcement in Orange County is cracking down on all drunk drivers and is highly motivated to catch and convict those driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Because a conviction has the ability to affect your driving privileges, your freedom and your criminal record, you need the help of a firm that is going to take your charges seriously, and provide you with high-quality, aggressive defense. If you have been arrested and charged with drunk driving, it is crucial that you contact an
Orange County DUI attorney from Gold & Witham without delay.
At Gold & Witham, we have over 40 years of collective experience. This is experience that you can trust. This experience has given our attorneys not only a greater understanding of the criminal justice system, but it has taught us to apply the law in creative ways for each individual client. The
DUI defense we have provided throughout our firm’s history has led to a record of success in this field. When you are faced with any type of drunk driving charge, it is crucial that you contact the office for a review and evaluation of your charge. By explaining your situation to an attorney from our firm, we will be able to provide you with pertinent advice regarding the steps that you need to take toward your defense. The
court process can be difficult and you need a powerful attorney on your side to protect your interests and legal rights every single step of the way. Trust Gold & Witham with your case!
Have you recently been arrested for drunk driving?
In any arrest there are certain procedures that must be followed by law enforcement. Any neglect or variation of the exact procedures required in a DUI arrest can be a strong foundation to build a defense upon. How tests were administered, the history and quality of the testing equipment, the actions taken by law enforcement and other factors may have been improperly managed, and upon review of your case. This evidence is difficult to come by without the help of an attorney. Should you become our client, you can be confident that our skilled attorneys will be working to build a strong case upon evidence that we uncover.
The evidence used to warrant your arrest can be contested. You may have been told that you "failed" a breathalyzer test, but further investigation into the matter may reveal that the test was performed by an untrained officer or that the testing equipment was not calibrated in accordance with state standards. Even the smallest detail can turn the entire case around - in your favor. It is simply a matter of providing a thorough review of every aspect of your case to determine the best approach. Our firm is willing to go the distance for you and uncover any and all faulty evidence.
From the moment you contact us until the close of your case, our firm will be there for you 24/7. We take a personal interest in each of our clients, and provide them personalized attention. This level of service can make the difference between a conviction and dropped charges. By choosing Gold & Witham, you are choosing a law firm that treats its clients with dignity, respect and with the utmost quality of care.
The DUI Arrest Process
The most common sequence of events in any drunk driving arrest is that a law enforcement officer suspects you of intoxicated driving due to speeding, erratic or reckless driving. A law enforcement official cannot pull you over unless they have reasonable cause to do so. After pulling you over, the officer may administer several field sobriety tests such as the nystagmus test, the one-leg stand and the preliminary alcohol screening (PAS) test. These tests are evaluated by the officer and he or she decides, based on their observation, if they consider that you may be intoxicated due to issues with balance, coordination and an overall ability to follow instructions. Only after you have been lawfully arrested, you will have to submit to a blood test or breath alcohol concentration (BAC) or breathalyzer test. If you register at .08% or above, you can be charged with a DUI.
It is important to remember that no test is 100% accurate, in particular when it is based on the observation of an individual. The breathalyzer test, while scientific, is also subject to error if the equipment used has not been properly maintained or if the particular device used had historically been found to have registered incorrectly. If you refuse the breath test, your license will automatically be suspended. Even this situation can possibly be defended successfully with a skilled defense attorney. Even in the case of a DUI, you are innocent until proven guilty.
Defense Against DUI Charges
When you work with an Orange County DUI lawyer from our firm, you will receive the benefit of having the assistance and guidance of an attorney that can effectively research each of the details surrounding your arrest. There are strict rules that must be followed in any arrest in California and if the correct procedures are not used, in some cases that is enough to have the case dismissed. DUI defense, if it is going to be successful, needs to include looking into any aspect of the case that could work in your favor in a court of law, as well as the relentless advocacy of a proven legal counselor.
So what kind of factors can constitute dropped charges? There are several. First of all, if our firm can prove that you were stopped unlawfully by law enforcement then the grounds of your arrest will be considered invalid and your charges will likely be dropped or lessened. Breath machines can also prove faulty, since electronics are always prone to error. A machine can be incorrectly calibrated, leading to a false BAC reading, or the sobriety test may not even have been administered properly. Since the slightest error in the BAC testing process can lead to dramatically incorrect results, an error we find can be the key to your freedom.
At our firm, we understand the importance of addressing every aspect of a case and are fully devoted to ensuring that we do not leave a stone unturned. The smallest detail can prove to be the most important aspect of an entire case; we fully understand this and work tirelessly to address every nuance. We believe that a successful verdict is never impossible, which is why you can be confident that our team will do everything possible to work at reducing the charges and the associated penalties.
License Suspension & DMV Hearings
It is important to be aware that you must schedule a DMV hearing within ten days of your arrest. If you fail to do so, then you lose your right to contest your license suspension.
According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles,
You have the right to request a hearing from the DMV within 10 days of receipt of the suspension or revocation order. If the review shows there is no basis for the suspension or revocation, the action will be set aside. You will be notified by the DMV in writing only if the suspension or revocation is set aside following the administrative review.
If you do not schedule this hearing, your license will be automatically suspended in 30 days. The scheduling of the hearing as well as the hearing itself can be handled by an attorney at our offices. The attorney representing you at the hearing will present any evidence that could waive the automatic suspension of your license. It is definitely in your best interests to have this handled by an attorney who is experienced in dealing with DMV hearings, if you wish to increase the possibility of a good outcome.
Call our Orange County DUI lawyers today!
Conviction for intoxicated driving carries severe penalties in California. The suspension or revocation or your license, mandatory installation of an
ignition interlock device, steep fines and jail time as well as community service and alcohol treatment classes are often part of the standard penalties. In some cases your vehicle will be seized. If you have a prior DUI conviction, the penalties you face will increase. If you were arrested for DUI in Orange County, you may be eligible for a sentencing alternative such as alcohol rehabilitation programs or a drug rehabilitation program for a DUI of drugs arrest. Gold & Witham is committed to finding the best alternative for you and pursuing it aggressively. Our DUI lawyers fight so that conviction can be avoided.
Orange County law enforcement has also been cracking down on DUI by increasing the amount of DUI checkpoints that happen each year. When the penalties are this serious and the chances of being arrested for DUI are higher than ever, you cannot afford to put your future into the hands of merely anyone. Gold & Witham has a proven track record of success which anyone can be confident in, and with over 40 years of collective experience, our firm has the quality that you need. Don't just take our word for it though. If you were recently arrested for a DUI in the Orange County area, then take advantage of our free case evaluation offer! Contact an Orange County DUI lawyer from our firm today to take the first steps toward the defense that could lead to your freedom.