Once you or someone you love has been arrested for driving under the influence or a related offense in Laguna Niguel, it is necessary that you contact an experienced Laguna Niguel DUI attorney immediately. A trained Laguna Niguel DUI attorney will review your case, ensure your rights are being protected, and begin planning your defense. A DUI conviction can result in various consequences including but not limited to jail time, fines, license suspension, alcohol program, work release, and the installation of an ignition interlock device. A skilled Laguna Niguel DUI lawyer will aggressively fight to protect your rights and minimize the penalties associated with your Laguna Niguel DUI arrest. It is vital you contact a skilled DUI attorney today to ensure proper protocol was and continues to be followed regarding any Laguna Niguel DUI related charge and protect your rights. Contact the Parker Law Center today for a free case evaluation.
The most imperative step in your legal defense is selecting a Laguna Niguel DUI attorney who can provide comprehensive representation. You need a Laguna Niguel DUI attorney that has the experience and skills necessary to provide you the unique defense strategies needed at both the DMV and Court. The Parker Law Center will represent you aggressively at both your DMV hearing and Court.
After being charged with a DUI it is crucial you hire an attorney knowledgeable in driving under the influence and other related matters. The legal team at the Parker Law Center is current on the ever changing DUI laws and has the experience necessary to represent you concerning any DUI related offense in Laguna Niguel. The legal team at the Parker Law Center has a specific skill-set in order to effectively represent you on your Laguna Niguel DUI arrest. The Parker Law Center has proven results, call today for a free consultation.
When you are arrested for driving under the influence in Laguna Niguel the arresting officer will give you a citation with a date to appear in court. The peace officer will forward the arrest report to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. Once the Office of the Orange County District Attorney has received the report it then sends it to a charging deputy for review. The charging deputy reviews the report and determines the appropriate charges. Most DUI offenses are charged as misdemeanors. If your offense is charged as a misdemeanor, often your Laguna Niguel DUI attorney can appear in court on your behalf without your presence being required. At your first court appearance, the arraignment, you will be notified of the charges against you and asked to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. Often times your skilled Laguna Niguel DUI attorney will enter a plea of not guilty and set your matter for a pretrial hearing; however, your lawyer may instead decide it is in your best interest to continue your arraignment. Should your matter be set for a pretrial hearing, your Laguna Niguel DUI attorney will thoroughly review the discovery and decide if additional items of discovery are required. If additional items are needed then your Laguna Niguel DUI attorney will file an informal discovery request with the prosecutor’s office. The pretrial hearing affords your DUI attorney an opportunity to negotiate a plea agreement with the prosecutor and file any pretrial motions that are necessary. Once your DUI attorney receives an offer from the prosecutor’s office your attorney will convey the offer to you, and help you decide if it is in your best interest to enter into the negotiated disposition or continue on to jury trial.
Since September 2005, the DMV is charged with all license suspensions resulting from DUI arrests and convictions. There are two suspensions which can result from a DUI offense. The first suspension is triggered by arrest, while the second suspension is triggered if the licensee is convicted in court of DUI. Following your DUI arrest the arresting officer will take away your driver’s license and provide you with a pink sheet of paper which will serve as your temporary license. This temporary license is only valid for 30 days, after that time the license will become suspended. In order to prevent this automatic suspension, your experienced Laguna Niguel DUI attorney must request an APS (Administrative Per Se) hearing through the City of Orange Driver Safety Office within 10 days of your arrest. Your lawyer will request the APS hearing and have a stay put on your license. It is critical that you hire a skilled Laguna Niguel DUI attorney in order to maintain your driving privileges until a decision is rendered on your hearing.
At the APS hearing, a Hearing Officer has the burden of proving several things before suspending your license.
If the driver submitted to a chemical test there are three issues:
If the driver refused to submit to or failed to complete a chemical test (a refusal) there are four issues:
At the start of the APS hearing, the Hearing Officer will state the issues for the record and present a number of exhibits. Your experienced Laguna Niguel DUI attorney will object to these exhibits and use specialized strategies to present evidence on your behalf. The Hearing Officer will render a decision after hearing all the evidence and either set aside the license suspension or end the stay and begin the license suspension. If you or someone you love has been charged with a DUI related offense it is crucial you hire a reliable Laguna Niguel DUI attorney to ensure the best possible outcome at Court and the DMV. Contact the Parker Law Center today to receive the personalized, competent, and aggressive legal representation you deserve!