Orange County Criminal Lawyers
Irvine DUI Attorney
In Irvine, there are cases of driving while intoxicated (DUI) in and around the city. Irvine isn't known for being a party city, but there is a university where there are events and other opportunities to drink as well as world-class restaurants that offer delicious food and custom cocktails. Consequently a robust police presence and police DUI checkpoints are used to enforce DUI laws. Irvine does identify as a family oriented city, and as a result, Irvine police watch for drunk drivers to help protect the population. The Irvine DUI attorney at the Johnson Criminal Law Group has experience dealing with these types of cases and can help if you have been arrested and charged with DUI.
The law applicable to DUIs is California Vehicle Code 23152, which states, in part, that it is unlawful for any person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug to drive a vehicle. The limit for driving is 0.08 percent blood alcohol level or more in your blood system. If you have a commercial driver license and are operating a commercial vehicle while intoxicated or using drugs, you are held to stricter standards, and can lose your ability to earn a living.
If Irvine PD or Orange County Sheriff pulls you over for suspected drunk driving, they may ask you to step out of your vehicle and perform a series of tests known as Field Sobriety Tests (FSTs). You do have the right to refuse this battery of tests, however, be advised that if you do so and the officer has probable cause to believe you are driving drunk, they will arrest you. Once in custody, you must submit either a breath sample via Breathalyzer, or a blood sample at the station. If you refuse to provide either, your license will be immediately suspended for one year because of the implied consent laws in California.
Implied consent law essentially states that all drivers consent to being tested for impairment if they are suspected of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Furthermore, that by applying for a driver license in the state of California, you consent to this test when a law enforcement officer finds probable cause.Should I Call an Irvine DUI Lawyer?
In short, absolutely. A DUI arrest should be taken seriously as it can have life-altering consequences. Too many people think a DUI may not lead to serious consequences. But it can. We frequently receive calls when a client tried to handle it alone and then are surprised when their driver's license is suspended or they face jail time and fines. Contacting us less than 10 days after you DUI arrest can be the difference between losing your license and being able to retain your driving privileges for under special circumstances. The Irvine DUI attorney at the Johnson Criminal Law Group knows how to defend these cases and has experience helping clients with DUI arrests. Don't make the mistake of thinking this is not a serious issue if you have been arrested for a DUI. Contact the Law Office by phone at (949) 622-5522 or through an online message as soon as possible.