Criminal Charges in Santa Ana
One of the most common criminal offenses people in Santa Ana are charged with is DUI. A DUI charge should never be taken lightly. According to the DMV's annual report, in 2010 2,499 people were convicted of DUI in Santa Ana. Another 68 were convicted of felony DUI and 133 were convicted of reckless driving involving alcohol.
A DUI offense in Santa Ana should always be taken seriously. Even if it is a first time DUI offense, the penalties can still be great. For example, Santa Ana had one of the highest percentages of ignition interlock device sentences in 2010 in the state. If you are arrested for a DUI and already have DUI convictions on your record, the sentence will be even greater if you are convicted. A second DUI can lead to a month in jail, $1000 in fines and 2 years of license suspension. If you have three or more DUI convictions, you could even be charged with a felony for your next DUI. In 2010, 1,899 people were arrested for their first DUI in Santa Ana, 529 were arrested for a second DUI, 110 for a third and 29 people were arrested for a fourth DUI or more. Of those repeat offenders, over 90% of them were sentenced to some jail time.
DUI Offenses Santa Ana
There are many special circumstances in DUI law that can lead to even harsher punishments and more serious charges. If you cause an accident and are under the influence, you can be charged with a DUI accident. If you are under the age of 21, you can be arrested for underage DUI if you are found driving after consuming any amount of alcohol. Commercial vehicle drivers also have their own set of DUI laws. The legal limit for a commercial DUI is .04%.
Another area of DUI law involves driving under the influence of drugs. Just like alcohol, it is illegal to drive while intoxicated by drugs. The tricky part to DUI drug laws is that they apply to prescription drugs as well as illegal drugs. In addition, there is not reliable way to measure the amount of drug in your system or to decide what levels equal impairment. For these reasons, DUI drug laws can be very complicated and require the aid of an experienced professional.
Criminal Courts in Santa Ana
Central Justice Center
700 W Civic Center Drive
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Phone: (714) 834-4676
Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Santa Ana DUI Defense
Santa Ana Sobriety Tests
When you are arrested for DUI in Santa Ana, you will be asked to take a field sobriety test such as walking in a straight line or standing on one foot. These tests can be declined without penalty. You should always decline taking a field sobriety test, because even people who are completely sober can lose their balance and appear intoxicated and you do not want to give the police any evidence against you. If you are asked to take a blood or breath test, the officer will inform you that declining to take the test will result in license suspension due to Implied Consent. Implied Consent is the concept that when you accept your driver's license from the DMV, you are also consenting to provide a blood or breath sample when requested to do so by law enforcement. You will not be legally punished for declining to take a breath or blood sobriety test, but you will be violating Implied Consent Laws and will lose your license for an entire year.
There are several ways that our DUI lawyers work to defend you in a DUI case. First we carefully go over the details of your arrest and the stop. We look for any errors the police may have made including how the sobriety tests were administered. We challenge all of the prosecution's evidence and make them prove that the results of the breath and blood tests are reliable. Our attorneys are well versed in DUI evidence laws and sobriety testing procedures. We know how mistakes are made and what defenses work the best in court. If we can establish enough doubt in your evidence, we can get your charges reduced or dismissed.
Whether you have been arrested for your 1st, 2nd or 3rd DUI, a Santa Ana defense attorney can help you fight the charges and protect your future. Our lawyers come from a variety of backgrounds in order to give us insight into every aspect of the DUI process. We have former police officers, former prosecutors and more. We use our collective experiences to build the best defenses for our clients. Do not let a DUI arrest effect your future, call our firm today for a free consultation.