DUI Process in California
Orange County DUI Attorney
All DUI stops begin with a stop at a DUI check point or as a traffic stop. When the officer speaks to you he or she is already looking for signs of intoxication such as the odor of alcohol, slurred speech, or slowed or inappropriate responses. If the officer believes you may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol you will be asked to exit the vehicle so an SFST (Standard Field Sobriety Test) can be conducted. This is a series of exercises to test balance and physical responses done solely to gain evidence that a driver is impaired. The officer likely will not tell you that you are not required by law to submit to an SFST or to submit to a portable breath test. Nor will the officer let you know that the accuracy of these tests is very poor. If you agree to take the tests and "fail" you will likely be arrested and taken for chemical testing. Consulting an Orange County DUI attorney will give you an opportunity to fight the charges against you.
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Once you have been arrested, you will be given a 'Suspension Order and Temporary License'. You have only 10 days in which to request a DMV Hearing otherwise your license will automatically be suspended in 30 days. It is also important to beat this deadline as valuable information crucial to your defense can be obtained during this hearing. The first court date will be the arraignment where you or your attorney is given the opportunity to enter a plea of not guilty, guilty or no contest.
There may be one or more pre-trial hearings during which your legal counsel can challenge the correctness of the officer's procedures, the validity of the test results, and other evidence against you. If evidence vital to the prosecution's case is excluded by the court during a hearing, your case may end there. Working with a DUI defense lawyer who truly cares about your future and has many years of experience as a public defender fighting for individuals caught up in the system can mean all the difference to the outcome of your case.
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If it is necessary to take your DUI case to trial you need a criminal defense lawyer that can gather the appropriate evidence and use it effectively on your behalf. Don't plead guilty because you simply don't know what else to do. Call Attorney Frances Prizzia for assistance and personal attention to your case.