Orange County Criminal Lawyers
Santa Ana DUI Lawyer
The City of Santa Ana Police Department is known for aggressively going after anyone they suspect of drunk driving, and will quickly pull someone over for even the slightest violation. However, it is important to note that an officer cannot pull you over unless they have probable cause. Also, they cannot search your car without a warrant unless you consent, they see any illegal substance or indication that there may be an illegal substance in your car in plain view, if you have been arrested for a probable cause, if there is probable cause to suspect a crime, or if an officer believes the situation is time sensitive or if the evidence is about to be destroyed. On the other hand, if the officer does possess a warrant, then you have no choice but to allow them to do so.
Upon making a DUI arrest, the officer is required to suspend or revoke the accused person's driver's license and take possession of the license. There is a difference between a suspended license and a revoked license. With a suspended driver’s license, your license is not allowed to be used for a temporary amount of time. This time period could be determined by you paying fees or taking certain actions. On the other hand, a revoked license means that your license is not on hold temporarily unlike a suspended driver’s license, and is instead, cancelled. To reacquire your driver’s license, you must go through the full process of requesting approval from the DMV, paying fines, and going through the testing period to determine whether or not you should be allowed to have a driver’s license and drive. If you pass the required and necessary testing, then you will be given a new driver’s license. Your old license cannot be reinstated if your license has been revoked.
A drunken driving arrest (DUI) does not always have to result in a conviction if you have an attorney with a proven track record in DUI defense. Criminal defense attorney Lauren K. Johnson is prepared to provide you with the best DUI representation possible. She has significant experience helping residents through our area who are facing suspended license issues and drunk driving charges.
Santa Ana DUI Attorney Johnson knows that you need to have your driver's license in order to make a living, and will be there for you when the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) conducts its administrative review of the officer's arrest report. More than 90% of the time, the DMV will uphold the suspension or revocation if it is not contested. If you wish to have any chance at retaining your driving privilege, it's extremely important that you request a DMV Administrative Hearing within 10 days of being arrested. Failure to do so will result in the suspension or revocation being upheld.
That's why you should call the Johnson Criminal Law Group right away at (949) 622-5522 to defend your rights, and protect your driver's license. Orange County DUI attorney Lauren K. Johnson is knowledgeable about all aspects of California's DUI laws, and is prepared to fight your arrest and defend you in court to avoid some very stiff penalties.