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 PRESCRIPTION DRUGS


Because it is often impossible for the State to prove driving impairment based on drugs, it is important to determine the levels of the drugs in the bloodstream at or near the time of driving. This can be done by securing a blood split in order to have the blood retested by an independent laboratory. By doing so, you can more easily determine whether your client’s levels of the drugs in his/her system are at, below, or above therapeutic ranges, and possibly whether your client was impaired at the time of driving. For instance, the chart below references some prescription drugs that are often used as a basis for alleging a violation of CVC §23152(a) and the levels of the drugs that are considered to be within therapeutic ranges. This information has been provided by National Medical Services (see Appendix A) through retest results previously provided on other cases. National Medical Services is a well-known laboratory for blood retesting. (See Figure 1-1.)

Figure 1-1: Therapeutic Ranges of Prescription Drugs

PRESCRIPTION DRUG

THERAPEUTIC RANGES

Carisoprodol (Soma)

Up to 25 mcg/ml

Meprobamate

10-to-30 mcg/ml

Codeine

30-to-120 ng/ml

Hydrocodone (Vicodin)

Up to 39 ng/ml Following 10 mg Oral Dose

Oxycodone

18-to-27 ng/ml (Following Single 4.5 mg Dose)

Morphine

10-to-70 ng/ml (Following Therapeutic Doses)

Lorezepam (Ativan)

50-to-240 ng/ml

Diazepam (Valium)

100-to-1000 ng/ml

Temazepam (Restoril)

190-to-570 ng/ml (Between 2-to-5 Hours Post Dose) Up to 30 ng/ml (At 24-Hours Post Dose)

Alprazolam (Xanax)

10-to-50 ng/ml

IMPORTANT: Potentially Toxic At 75 ng/ml

Zolpidem (Ambien CR)

29 to 113 ng/ml (5 mg)

58 to 272 ng/ml (10mg)

Depending on whether you know which drugs for which you would like to test, you can also run Drug Screens, such as an Opiate Screen, which will pick-up drugs like Hydrocodone; or a Benzodiazepine Screen, which will pick-up drugs like Xanax or Valium. A Drug Screen will assist you in determining whether any other drugs or their metabolites are present in your client’s blood sample. This will assist you in determining the strength of your defense and it will also keep you in line with how the government laboratories conduct their testing because most government laboratories will run Drug Screens prior to running confirmation tests for specific types of drugs. For instance, it is not uncommon for government laboratories to run Drug Screens for the following characteristics of drugs: (1) Alkaline Drugs; (2) Weakly Acidic and Neutral Drugs; and (3) Benzodiazepines. Thus, because other drugs will sometimes be found in a blood sample that were not initially known to you, a Drug Screen will keep you a step ahead of the process and better prepare you for any surprises the government may find in your client’s blood sample.

Please also keep in mind that experience has taught many of us who practice in DUI Drugs that the government laboratories rarely turn over the quantitative results and instead only provide you with proof that the prescription drugs were present in the system (qualitative results). The fact that it is not per se illegal to consume prescription drugs, the presence of them is of little value to the prosecution without proof that the individual’s levels of the drugs rise to a level indicating impairment. Thus, it would be wise to conduct your own testing rather than relying on the government’s test readings, especially since most government laboratories will not differentiate between “free” and “bound” levels and only report the “total” levels of the drugs. This is not a fair playing field; thus it is suggested that you have the blood retested in order to ascertain whether the prosecution can in fact prove up impairment.

If you or a loved one has been charged with driving under the influence of prescription medications, 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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