A DUI conviction resulting from a Santa Ana DUI arrest can result in serious consequences which may include: jail, fines, a mandatory alcohol program, probation, house arrest and work release. Therefore, it is imperative that you contact a fierce Santa Ana DUI attorney to represent you. If you or someone you love has been arrested for DUI or a related matter in Santa Ana, it is imperative that you get in touch with an experienced Santa Ana DUI lawyer. A competent Santa Ana DUI attorney will thoroughly review the discovery on your case and utilize specialized defense strategies to reduce the penalties associated. Contact the Parker Law Center today to ensure that your rights are protected and you receive the fierce, compassionate and personalized legal representation that you deserve.
It is fundamental that you retain a Santa Ana DUI attorney whom provides comprehensive legal representation at both the Court and DMV processes. In making your selection it is essential that you select a Santa Ana DUI lawyer whom has vast experience representing clients in complex misdemeanor and felony offenses. It is key that your Santa Ana DUI attorney have widespread knowledge of the current and ever changing DUI laws. The Parker Law Center is a premiere DUI defense firm which provides comprehensive legal representation for those charged with driving under the influence. Not only does the Parker Law Center provide comprehensive legal representation, the firm limits its representation to those charged with DUI or a related matter. It is this focus that allows the Parker Law Center to skillfully defend its clients.
The Parker Law Center understands that the two different components surrounding your DUI arrest (DMV and Court) require separate unique defenses. The Parker Law Center aggressively utilizes these defenses at the Court and DMV hearing. The Parker Law Center has a unique skill set which allows the legal team to fiercely defend its clients and protect their rights. Attorney Kellee C. Parker of the Parker Law Center has experience representing hundreds of clients at the Central Justice Center and City of Orange Driver Safety Office. Contact the Parker Law Center today to ensure that you receive the comprehensive legal representation that you deserve!
Once you have been arrested for driving under the influence in Santa Ana the criminal process has begun. The arresting officer normally provides the arrestee with a citation informing him/her the date to appear in Court at the Central Justice Center. The first Court appearance is called the arraignment. It is at the arraignment stage that a plea of guilty or not guilty is entered. Between the date of arrest and the initial Court appearance, the arresting officer forwards his/her arrest report to the Office of the Orange County District Attorney. The Office of the Orange County District Attorney gives the report to the “charging deputy”. The charging deputy reviews the arrest report and determines which charges if any to file in Court. Most DUI cases are filed as misdemeanor offenses. Should your matter be filed at the Central Justice Center as a misdemeanor then many times your Santa Ana DUI attorney can appear in Court on your behalf without you ever having to be present.
At the initial appearance, the Court presents the charges against you and a plea is entered. Many times your Santa Ana DUI lawyer will enter a plea of not guilty on your behalf and set your matter for a pretrial hearing. Other times your Santa Ana DUI attorney will decide it is in your best appearance to continue the arraignment. At the pretrial stage your attorney may request additional items of discovery and determine if any pretrial motions should be filed. The pretrial hearing also affords your attorney to negotiate the case with a deputy district attorney to reach an offer on your matter. Once an offer has been reached your Santa Ana DUI lawyer will review the offer with you and determine if it is in your best interest to enter into the negotiated plea agreement or to move on to the jury trial stage. Contact the Parker Law Center today to begin the preparation of your defense strategy!
Upon arrest for driving under the influence, there are two license suspensions which are triggered. The DMV is charged with imposing both of these license suspensions. The first suspension is triggered by your Santa Ana arrest for DUI; the second suspension is triggered following a DUI conviction in Court. Typically, following arrest for DUI the peace officer will confiscate your driver’s license and provide you with a pink piece of paper. This pink piece of paper serves as your temporary driver’s license. The paper informs you that you have 10 days from the date of arrest to request an Administrative Per Se (APS) hearing to fight the initial license suspension. You should contact an experienced Santa Ana DUI attorney as soon as possible following arrest but no later than 10 days to ensure that this APS hearing has been requested correctly. Your skilled Santa Ana DUI lawyer will request this APS hearing on your behalf, request discovery, and place a stay on the license suspension; thus, you will retain full driving privileges until a decision is rendered on your hearing. Should you fail to request a hearing within 10 days from the date of arrest, then you lose your right to the APS hearing and your license will automatically be suspended 30 days following arrest.
The APS hearing is presided over by a Hearing Officer. The Hearing Officer is an employee of the DMV who is charged with the burden of proof for the following issues at the hearing:
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:
The APS hearing begins by the Hearing Officer introducing a number of items of evidence as exhibits on the record. Your fierce Santa Ana DUI defense attorney will object to these exhibits and provide evidence and/or argument as to why your license should not be suspended. At the conclusion of the hearing, the Hearing Officer will review all argument and evidence and render a written decision within 30 days following the hearing. The decision will either end the stay on the license suspension or set aside the license suspension. It is imperative that you contact a skilled Santa Ana DUI defense lawyer to get the compassionate and fierce legal representation that you deserve!