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Drunk Driving Accidents in Orange County

When a driver is involved in a car crash, law enforcement may be quick to believe that the driver's intoxication is to blame for the accident, when this may not be the case. Another driver may have caused the accident—or it may have been caused by poor road or weather conditions.

According to the California Vehicle Code § 23153, it is unlawful to drive under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. By doing so, a driver commits a negligent action that can result in the injury of a person other than the driver. This is a felony offense, although sometimes it may be considered a misdemeanor. In order for this charge to be valid, it must be proven that the driver was intoxicated at the time of the accident. Arresting officers will do this by way of a chemical test that must be conducted within three hours after driving.

If you or someone you know was involved in a DUI auto accident, contact an Orange County DUI attorney at Gold & Witham today. We are experienced in dealing with these cases.

Cases We Have Handled

Below are some of the types of cases our attorneys have defended:

  • Vehicular Manslaughter / DUI Manslaughter
  • DUI Causing Injury
  • DUI Causing Great Bodily Injury
  • Hit and Run Accidents Involving DUI

Not only will the defendant face the DUI court process, but also a DMV hearing; they may even face a civil lawsuit filed by the victim seeking compensation for injuries and suffering. Per the California Penal Code, someone convicted of this crime may face up to 1 year in prison. Only with an aggressive attorney does the defendant in such a case have a chance to avoid a conviction.

Defense from an Orange County DUI Attorney

Most DUI accidents are charged as felony offenses, where the minimum sentence is 12 months in state prison. Additional penalties may be assessed as well. Beyond that, a conviction for DUI causing great bodily injury may count as a "strike" on the defendant's criminal record. Make no mistake that your future and freedom are on the line when facing charges involving an auto accident. At Gold & Witham, our legal team has 40+ years of experience in criminal defense.

Let our team of Orange County DUI lawyers work to help you avoid a conviction!