TIPS TO AVOID A DUI

Posted on: January 19, 2015 by in DUI
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California Vehicle Codes 23152(a) and 23152(b)

Orange County DUI defense attorneyIf you’re charged with driving under the influence in Orange County, contact an experienced Orange County DUI defense attorney as quickly as possible. These recommendations may help if you’re stopped by the police and they suspect that you are driving under the influence:

1. Stop quickly and cautiously whenever a police officer signals you to pull over. Always know precisely where you’ve placed your driver’s license, registration, and proof of insurance.

2. While being pleasant and polite, exercise your right to remain silent.

3. Unless you are 18 or under, or unless you are on probation for a prior DUI, politely decline to submit to any DUI test prior to being arrested. You may not decline a test after you’ve been lawfully arrested, at which point you should insist on a blood test rather than a breath test. Let your lawyer deal with the test result.

4. Frankly, if you’re planning to have a drink or two, you should arrange for a taxi, a car service, or a designated driver. If you aren’t driving, you can’t be guilty of DUI.

In California, even for a misdemeanor first-time DUI conviction with no property damage or injuries, the penalties can include three to five years of probation and up to six months in jail; a driver’s license suspension for six months; several thousand dollars in fees, fines, and other penalties; and completion of an alcohol education course. With each subsequent DUI conviction in California, offenders face increasingly severe penalties, so while it’s important to avoid a first conviction, it’s even more imperative to avoid a second or subsequent DUI conviction. If you are charged with DUI in Orange County under California Vehicle Codes 23152(a) and 23152(b), don’t wait. Get the legal help you need as quickly as possible, and arrange immediately to consult with an experienced Orange County DUI defense attorney.