Newport Beach DUI & Reckless Driving Attorneys
Serving Orange County & Surrounding Areas
Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or other controlled substances is illegal across the United States that has severe legal consequences. DUI charges are not taken lightly in Orange County. A conviction of a DUI can result in life-changing consequences that include fines, incarceration, and probation. Driving privileges may also be lost. A DUI charge should not be taken lightly, and people arrested and charged with DUI need to put every effort into their criminal defense. That’s where Corrigan Welbourn Stokke comes in.
Our attorneys have spent their careers fighting for the rights of clients. With over 100 years of experience, we are ready to craft a defense that fights for your freedom. Each of our attorneys are former prosecutors, so they know the tactics that the other side will attempt to use. Everyone has rights, and yours deserve to be protected by Corrigan Welbourn Stokke.
Contact our Newport Beach DUI attorneys today at (949) 541-5400 for a consultation.
Orange County DUI Charges
Driving under the influence of drugs, or under the influence of alcohol with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% and higher, impairs the ability to navigate and operate heavy machinery.
Driving While Impaired
An offense based on the person’s inability to operate a motor vehicle properly. Authorities may charge someone with this offense even if they are not legally considered to be intoxicated.
Driving While Under the Influence
A BAC of 0.08% or higher is considered as intoxicated by law enforcement, and unable to operate heavy machinery.
Driving While Under the Influence of Drugs
A person’s motor functions are impaired when under the influence of controlled substances and prescription medication, which makes operating a motor vehicle more difficult and therefore illegal. Any individual who is stopped and arrested on a reasonable belief of being under the influence will have criminal charges pressed against them.
Impairment by a prescription drug, regardless of a prescription by a legitimate physician or medical professional, can still result in a conviction if the prosecution can prove that you were impaired while operating a motor vehicle. The question in many DUI cases is if the driver was under the influence at the time of arrest. The DUI attorneys at Corrigan Welbourn Stokke will exhaust all methods of disproving that you were not affected by the drug, which has the highest chance of having your charges dropped.
Orange County DMV Hearings
An arrest for DUI charges in Orange County will result in confiscation of a driver’s license, and a temporary driver’s permit will be issued. The permit allows an individual to drive for up to 30 days. Once 30 days has passed, the individual’s driving privileges will be suspended automatically. To avoid having a license suspended, the individual must schedule a hearing at the Department of Motor Vehicles within 10 days of their DUI arrest to contest the suspension of the driver’s license.
During the hearing at the DMV, a representative from that DMV will meet with the accused individual. The DMV representative serves as a prosecutor and a judge during this hearing. The representative will present evidence to the individual against their driving privileges about the DUI and will assess whether those privileges should be reinstated. However, if the representative finds the person not guilty, then driving privileges will be reinstated, and the license will be returned.
Many people believe that they have the proper legal ability to defend themselves during DMV hearings. This is not a wise idea, as most people do not have the training and knowledge to successfully plead a case. It is a beneficial move to retain the services of an aggressive DUI defense attorney for DMV hearings. The DUI lawyers at Corrigan Welbourn Stokke will gladly defend an individual during a DMV hearing by challenging evidence and questioning the arresting officer’s testimony.
Protect Your Right to Drive Today By Calling (949) 541-5400
Depending on your charges, a DUI conviction can cause a multitude of difficulties in your life. Simple misdemeanor DUI offenses can be costly and will possibly harm your abilities to drive to work and accomplish basic tasks. Felony charges will follow you for the rest of your life and could cause issues with employment, housing, and other essentials.
By contacting Corrigan Welbourn Stokke, you are fortifying your defense with over 100 years of combined legal experience. Our attorneys know that every person deserves to have a fair chance at protecting their future, and we will not stop fighting until your voice is heard.Contact our Newport Beach DUI attorneys today at (949) 541-5400.