ORANGE COUNTY DUI ATTORNEYS

Choosing an Orange County DUI Lawyer can be a difficult and complicated task for anyone; but for those who hold a Professional License and who arrested for DUI are faced with a number of additional complications that can have a dramatic affect on not only the outcome of their case; but also their ability to earn a living.

This site focuses on those who are charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs who also hold a Professional License; but it also focuses on the law behind a drunk driving charge. We have a companion website that deals with the types of Orange County DUI Discovery or evidence one should expect to obtain in connection with a DUI charge in Southern California. 

The tough decisions facing a person charged with driving under the influence can be overwhelming; however, they can be easier to confront when you are a client of an experienced, reputable and well-known Orange County DUI Defense firm that is familiar with how the local police departments conduct Driving Under the Influence Investigations and how the local District Attorneys prosecute the crime of DUI and who know how to "navigate" the respective professional board inquiry set forth in motion by the virtue of your arrest.  

One may ask: "How does the Board know of the DUI charge if I have not reported it to the respective Board?" The California Department of Justice is known to forward the record of the arrest to the respective Board within days or weeks of the charge of driving under the influence. You need a lawyer that is familiar with these inquiries and how to handle them. The DUI Attorneys of the Law Office of Barry T. Simons is one of only a few DUI defense firms that handles these inquiries in addition to the defense of the DUI charge: a rare find: the facts of the DUI case arerelevant and material to the Board's inquiry.

If you hold a professional license and are charged with driving under the influence in Orange County, you will need an experienced DUI Attorney to review all of the evidence that the prosecution intends to use against you, that the California DMV will use against you to suspend or revoke your driving privileges, and the respective Board's inquiry into the matter and its resolution prior to determining the punishment for the DUI, not limited to the loss of one's professional license.

Even if you don't hold a professional license, if you are charged with DUI in Orange County or anywhere in Southern California for that matter, you need results. The DUI Defense Attorneys of the Law Office of Barry T. Simons get great results because they are "Orange County's Recognized Leaders in DUI Defense".

The following video discusses the significance of holding a professional license and being charged with DUI:





As the above video demonstrates, being charged with DUI while holding a professional license can have devastating consequences to your career. Do not make the big mistake of hiring the "wrong attorney" - only hire a DUI lawyer who understands the impact of a DUI charge on your professional license - only hire the DUI Defense firm of the Law Office of Barry T. Simons.

MEET ORANGE COUNTY'S "BEST" OR "TOP-RATED" DUI DEFENSE ATTORNEYS

The DUI Defense "Team" consists of DUI Defense Attorney Barry T. Simons, the author of "California Drunk Driving Law" and the former Dean of the National College for DUI Defense. Mr. Simons holds Board Certification in DUI Defense from NCDD (1 of 6 in California) this Certification is sanctioned by the American Bar Association.  Mr. Simons has the distinction of being the only DUI Attorney in Orange County selected as a “Superlawyer” for DUI Defense.  (2014-2016) The “Team” also includes DUI Defense Attorney Daniel Flores who has personally handled over 1,000 DUI cases in the Courts of Southern California and before the Department of Motor Vehicles.  Mr. Flores has earned a well-deserved reputation for being an effective litigator and trial lawyer in DUI cases. 

Mr. Simons’ “Team” also includes specially selected “Of Counsel” attorneys who practice throughout the State and County to assist our clients with intricate issues that develop with Professional Licensing, Interstate Licensing Issues and collateral consequences in other jurisdiction stemming from a DUI arrest in California.

In addition to our Attorneys, the “Team” includes three well-trained paralegals who have a combined 35 years of experience in criminal justice. 

The DUI Defense “Team” also includes private investigators, toxicologists, pharmacologists, and accident reconstruction experts to properly assist our DUI Lawyers in developing defenses that work in DUI cases.

The lawyers of the Law Office of Barry T. Simons are dedicated to defending those charged with Driving Under the Influence in Southern California. Watch this video to learn more about the DUI Defense firm of the Law Office of Barry T. Simons and why they are Orange County's "Best" or "Top-Rated" DUI Attorneys:




CONTACT ORANGE COUNTY'S "BEST" OR "TOP-RATED" DUI DEFENSE TEAM LAWYERS

Needless to say if you are charged with DUI in Orange County, California, the battle that lies before you is difficult and sometimes frightening. It can be even worse for those who hold Professional Licenses or Security Clearances. The only DUI Defense Attorneys you should be considering if you are charged with Driving Under the Influence in Orange County while holding a Professional License are the DUI Lawyers of the Law Office of Barry T. Simons.

If you have been charged with DUI and would like a free DUI Consultation, contact the DUI Defense Attorneys of the Law Office of Barry T. Simons immediately.


WHY SHOULD YOU CHOOSE THE DUI DEFENSE LAWYERS OF THE LAW OFFICE OF BARRY T. SIMONS IF YOU WERE CHARGED WITH DUI AND HOLD A PROFESSIONAL LICENSE?

The DUI Defense Team of the Law Office of Barry T. Simons successfully navigate professional licensees through the "administrative process" associated with the respective Board's inquiry into the DUI Charge.

Those holding professional licenses should be aware that some of the Boards will receive notification of the DUI arrest within days of the arrest for driving under the influence with official inquiries following a short time thereafter. You need to have DUI Defense Attorneys who understand this process from the outset to avoid any missteps in the process. You should not risk your future licensing on counsel who is not prepared to handle these issues from the very start of the process.

Whether you are a nurse, vocational nurse, doctor or surgeon, psychiatrist, dentist, teacher, lawyer or optometrist, if you are charged with DUI you need the a lawyer who understands the interplay between the criminal charge and the Board's inquiry into the matter. The DUI Defense Lawyers of the Law Office of Barry T. Simons are such lawyers. If you were charged with a DUI and hold a professional license, you need to contact the DUI Defense Firm of the Law Office of Barry T. Simons today for a free DUI Consultation and Case Evaluation.


THOSE WHO TRAVEL FOR WORK-RELATED PURPOSES OR THOSE WHO HOLD SECURITY CLEARANCES ARE EQUALLY AT RISK.

Those who hold professional licenses are not the only ones at risk when charged with DUI. Those who travel extensively for work-related purposes are also at risk, as are those who hold security licenses, such as engineers who hold government contracts. If you fit into either one of these categories, you need a DUI Lawyer that gets results. The DUI Defense Attorneys of the Law Office of Barry T. Simons get results. 

A DUI charge can have an impact not only on those who hold professional licenses, but also those who travel extensively for work-related purposes or those who hold "security clearances" as part of their employment contracts. A DUI conviction can have far-reaching consequences for those in either category and this is why those who find themselves in this position need the type of representation that only the DUI Defense Lawyers of the Law Office of Barry T. Simons can provide.

Watch the video below or click the link to learn more about the Interstate Licensing Consequences:





The significance of obtaining the absolute "Best" or "Top-Rated" DUI Defense firm cannot be overstated, it could mean the difference between a conviction for driving under the influence, a reduction or a complete dismissal. The call you make today can make a difference in the outcome of your case. Do not hesitate to contact the DUI Lawyers of the Law Office of Barry T. Simons today for a free consultation and case evaluation to discuss your Orange County DUI case.

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DUI MARIJUANA


As you might expect, some of the state’s most hated drugs are the ones that cause them the most trouble when it comes to proving impairment. Marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamine, when not coupled with alcohol, can all improve the physical ability to drive. For instance, one study by the California Highway Patrol failed to find any general correlation between marijuana use and driving ability, except that some people drive better stoned. [(Biasotti, A.A., Bloand, P., Mallory, C., Peck, R., and Reeve, V.C., Marijuana and Alcohol: A Driver Performance Study, A Final Report (Sacramento, CA: Cal. Dept. of Justice, 9/86); and Bates, Michael N., and Blakely, Tony A., “Role of Cannabis in Motor Vehicle Crashes,” Epidemiological Review, 1999, vol. 21—No evidence that cannabis alone increases the risk of culpability for traffic crash fatalities or serious injuries.] A copy of the former study is included in the seminar syllabus for CPDA’s Annual DUI Defense Program (Sacramento, CA: C.P.D.A., 1998), presented June 13, 1998, in San Francisco. Also, Randy Baselt can send you a copy of it. (See below for more information on Dr. Baselt.)

Marijuana refers to the leaves and flowering tops of the cannabis plant—the buds are often preferred because of their higher THC content. THC is the major psychoactive ingredient of cannabis.

Hashish consists of the THC-rich resinous secretions of the plant, which are collected, dried, compressed and smoked—the hashish oil is produced by extracting the cannabinoids from plant material with a solvent.

The average THC concentration in marijuana is 1-5%, hashish 5-15%, and hashish oil 20%.


Ingestion:
Marijuana can be inhaled or ingested. Marijuana is typically smoked as a cigarette, commonly referred to as a “joint”; but, it is also often smoked from a pipe or a bong. Additionally, marijuana can be smoked in hollowed out cigars that are packed with marijuana—these are typically referred to as “blunts.”

Medical Uses: Marijuana is used for the treatment of anorexia associated with weight loss in patients with HIV/AIDS, and to treat nausea and vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy treatments.

Recreational Uses: Marijuana is typically used for its mood altering effects, euphoria, and relaxation—marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug throughout the world. Recreationally, marijuana is often laced with other drugs, such as crack cocaine, heroine, or PCP, to intensify the effects of the marijuana. Marijuana is also often dipped in liquid PCP, LSD, or codeine cough syrup then smoked.

Because only about 22% of the THC contained in a marijuana cigarette may be recovered from the inhalation of smoke, marijuana is often orally ingested in order to allow more of the THC to be absorbed into the body.

Storage: THC in blood or plasma samples is relatively stable at refrigerator or freezer temperatures in glass containers for up to 4-6 months; if stored longer, however, or if stored at room temperature or in plastic containers, losses may be extensive. THC concentrations in blood are about 1/2 of serum/plasma concentrations.

Blood Test Results: It is difficult to establish a causal relationship between a person’s THC blood or plasma concentration and performance impairing effects; however, impairment is typically found in persons who have consumed Marijuana within three-to-six hours of a blood draw. Concentrations of the drug and its metabolites vary depending on the pattern of use as well as the dose. This is important because chronic users can have mean plasma levels of 45 ng/ml of the active metabolite (11-Hydroxy THC) up to 12-hours after use.

NHTSA concedes that it is inadvisable to try to predict the effects of marijuana based on blood THC concentrations alone, and that it is currently impossible to predict specific effects based on 11 Hydroxy THC concentrations.

Delta-9 THC is the active ingredient of marijuana. Most of the psychoactive effects of cannabis are believed to come from the Delta-9 THC ingredient. The usual peak levels in serum for 1.75% or 3.55% THC marijuana cigarettes is 50 to 270 ng/ml at 6-to9 minutes after beginning smoking, decreasing to less than 5 ng/ml within 2 hours. Passive inhalation is up to 2 ng/ml in most cases.

Delta-9 Carboxy THC is the inactive metabolite of marijuana. Usual peak levels in serum for 1.75% or 3.55% THC marijuana cigarettes: 10-to-101 ng/ml about 32-to-240 minutes after beginning smoking, with a slow decline. Delta-9 Carboxy is typically not detectable through passive inhalation.

11-Hydroxy THC is the active metabolite of marijuana. Usual peak levels are less than 10% of THC levels after beginning smoking.

IMPORTANT: In cases where the active ingredient of Marijuana (Delta-9 THC) is not detected in blood samples, nor is the active metabolite (11-Hydroxy THC) detected, and only the inactive metabolite, Delta-9-Carboxy, is detected, a reasonable inference arises that the person had consumed Marijuana between 12-and-24-hours prior to having his or her blood drawn.


Urine Test Results:
NHTSA also concedes that detection of the total THC metabolites in urine only indicates prior THC exposure, and that predicting the effects of marijuana based on THC concentrations alone is also inadvisable because detection time is well past the window of intoxication and impairment. Further, that published excretion data from controlled clinical studies may provide a reference for evaluating urine cannabinoid concentrations; however, these data are generally reflective of occasional marijuana use rather than heavy, chronic marijuana exposure.

Thus, while it can take as long as 4 hours for 11-Hydroxy THC to appear in the urine at concentrations sufficient to trigger an immunoassay confirmation (at 50ng/mL) following smoking, positive test results generally indicate use within a 1-to-3 day period. The detection window could be significantly longer following heavy, chronic, use.

Following single doses of Marinol®, low levels of the metabolites have been detected for more than 5 weeks in urine. Low concentrations of THC have also been measured in over-the-counter hemp oil products—consumption of these products may produce positive urine cannabinoid test results.

Psychological Effects: Typically, the most frequent psychological effects of marijuana consumption include relaxation and relaxed inhibitions, disorientation, altered time and space perception, lack of concentration, impaired learning and memory, alterations in thought formation and expression, drowsiness, sedation, mood changes such as panic reactions and paranoia, and a more vivid sense of taste, sight, smell, and hearing.

Physiological Effects: Typically, the most frequent physiological effects of marijuana consumption include increased heart rate, reddening of the eyes, dry mouth and throat, increased appetite, and vasodilatation.

Duration of Effects: Effects from smoking marijuana are usually felt within minutes and reach their peak in 10-30 minutes. Typical marijuana smokers experience a high that lasts approximately 2 hours. Most behavioral and physiological effects return to baseline levels within 3-5 hours after drug use, although some studies have suggested that the residual effects in specific behaviors may last up to 24 hours, such as complex divided attention tasks.

Effects on Driving: Studies have suggested that marijuana has been shown to impair performance on driving tasks for up to approximately 3 hours. Decreased car handling performance, increased reaction times, impaired time and distance estimation, and motor in-coordination have all been reported. Some drivers, however, may actually be able to improve performance for brief periods by overcompensating for self-perceived impairment. The greater the demands placed on the driver, however, the more critical the likely impairment. Mixing alcohol and marijuana may dramatically produce effects greater than either drug on its own.

Drug Recognition Expert Indicators:

•    Horizontal gaze nystagmus not present;

•    Vertical gaze nystagmus not present;

•    Lack of convergence present;

•    Pupil size normal to dilated;

•    Reaction to light normal to slow;

•    Pulse rate elevated;

•    Blood pressure elevated;

•    Body temperature normal to elevated.

•    Bloodshot eyes;

•    Body and eyelid tremors;

•    Relaxed inhibitions;

•    Incomplete thought process and poor performance on field sobriety tests;

•    The odor of marijuana on the subject’s breath or person

Figure 1-2: Quick Reference Blood Levels Chart

Marijuana (Cannabinoids)

Blood Levels

Delta-9 THC (Active Ingredient)

50-to-270 ng/ml (6-to-9 Minutes After Smoking)

Less Than 5 ng/ml by 2-Hours After Smoking)

IMPORTANT: Up to 2 ng/ml After Passive Inhalation

Delta-9 Carboxy THC (Inactive Metabolite)

10-to-101 ng/ml (Between 32-to-240 Minutes After Smoking With a Slow Decline)

IMPORTANT: Usually Not Detectable After Any Passive or Second-Hand Inhalation ("Second Hand Smoke")

11-Hydroxy THC (Active Metabolite)

Less Than 10% of THC Levels After Smoking

 
If you or a loved one has been charged with driving under the influence of marijuana, contact the DUI Lawyers of the Law Office of Barry T. Simons for a free, no-cost, DUI Consultation and DUI Case Evaluation.

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