Orange County DUI attorney
Robert Miller, an experienced Orange County DUI attorney, can help you if you’re facing a DUI. Contact him today.
Orange County DUI Penalties Can Be Serious
California prosecutors take drunk driving seriously, and even a first conviction may trigger serious consequences. Most California DUI charges are misdemeanors, but even a misdemeanor carries a possible sentence of up to three years in jail. A first-time DUI offender may also be placed on probation for up to three years, be assessed significant fines, and lose his or her driver’s license for four months. Orange County is known for being tougher on DUI cases than average, with additional sentencing terms such as DNA database contribution, attendance at MADD programs, and search and seizure terms for DUI.
California DUI Penalties are Only the Beginning
The penalties imposed by the criminal court system and the California DMV can be serious, but they’re not the only consequences a person convicted of drunk driving in California may face. The indirect consequences of a conviction may have a significant impact on the driver’s life. This is where an Orange County DUI Attorney can help you. Some examples of penalties include:
- A jump in automobile insurance rates
- A criminal record, which may impact the driver in many ways
- Possible limitations on employment options
If you’ve been charged with DUI in California, you must act quickly to protect your rights and prepare your defense.
You Only Have 10 Days to Request a California DMV Hearing
One of the California DUI penalties of great concern to many clients is the driver’s license suspension. Losing your license can create a significant burden, interfering with your ability to earn a living, care for your family, and attend to many important areas of your life.
You’ve undoubtedly heard the driver’s license suspension that occurs after a BAC test result of .08% or greater as “automatic,” but that’s a bit misleading. While the suspension automatically takes effect 30 days after the arrest, you can fight the suspension—but only if you take action immediately.
You have just 10 days to request a hearing on the Administrative Per Se license suspension. If you do not request this hearing, generally called an “APS hearing,” within 10 days, you will be barred from contesting the license suspension.
Defenses to Administrative Per Se License Suspension
Many California drivers mistakenly believe that there’s no way to fight the administrative suspension if they’ve failed a breathalyzer or blood alcohol test. However, an experienced criminal defense attorney knows better. DUI lawyer Robert Miller has educated himself on the science surrounding blood testing and breath testing and knows how to challenge the validity of the BAC test results.
In some cases, the suspension may also be challenged on legal grounds. For example, if the law enforcement officer did not have reasonable cause to believe that you were operating a vehicle under the influence, he may have overstepped his authority in requiring the blood or breath test and the results may be inadmissible.
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Fighting California DUI Charges
Being charged with driving under the influence doesn’t necessarily mean a DUI conviction. An experienced DUI lawyer may be able to fight the charges against you by:
- Successfully arguing that the police officer did not have reasonable cause to stop you, or to administer a blood or breath alcohol test
- Filing a motion to suppress critical evidence, such as the BAC test result
- Demonstrating that the officer improperly administered or interpreted field sobriety test results
- Calling into question the accuracy or reliability of the chemical test results
Give yourself the advantage of a seasoned DUI defense lawyer on your side. When you retain attorney Robert Miller to represent you in a California DUI case, Mr. Miller will thoroughly investigate all aspects of your case to determine the best way to fight the charges against you.
See What Our Past DUI Clients are Saying
We have many great reviews on Yelp and elsewhere, including just a few of these testimonials from actual clients:
“Robert was very efficient and helpful throughout my entire process. I would highly recommend him to anyone in need of great representation. Hard working, always kept me informed and was able to minimize my situation more than I ever expected! Thank you for all your help, you’re the best!” – Abbey, from Yelp
“This man was simply incredible. My fiancé had gone through a series of events and found herself needing representation. He was very thorough and always kept us informed of what steps he was taking and the outcome of every step. I’d recommend him to anyone. Thank you, Mr. Miller, for everything you did for us.” – Steve, from Yelp
“Couldn’t ask for a better DUI attorney. I’m extremely appreciative. Definitely exceeded my expectations.” — Mark, from Avvo
See What Other Attorneys are Saying about Our DUI Lawyer
Orange County DUI Attorney Robert Miller has more than 60 endorsements from other lawyers on Avvo. Here’s what a few of them have to say:
“Attorney Miller is an excellent advocate for his clients, and his mastery of the DUI/DWI Law in California is top-notch. I endorse him as a great advocate and lawyer.” — Anthony Rao, Attorney, from Avvo.
“Robert Miller is one of the go-to criminal defense lawyers in Southern California. He is knowledgeable, respected by his peers, the legal community, and is dedicated to her clients. Robert is effective in dealing with judges and opposing counsel. Without reservation, on I endorse this lawyer.” — Randall Longwith, Criminal Defense Attorney, from Avvo.
Avoid or Minimize DUI Penalties with an Orange County DUI Attorney
Orange County DUI Attorney Robert Miller has handled thousands of cases and has achieved positive results for many clients in a wide range of circumstances. Our first step is always to thoroughly examine the specifics of your case for flaws or violations of your rights that will allow us to secure a dismissal. If that isn’t an option, we’ll fight for the least severe California DUI penalties.
You owe it to yourself to get help now. Contact our firm today.