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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ORANGE COUNTY DUI PENALTIES

Probably the most asked question relating to an Orange County DUI charge is "What are the penalties?" The answer to the question is difficult to answer in light of the fact that the Orange County Courts are some of the toughest in the State of California. This question is especially important if you hold a professional license because some regulatory agencies will not employ those who have a criminal record that reveals jail time as part of the sentence. If you hold a professional license and are charged with a DUI in Orange County, California or anywhere in Southern California, you need to contact a DUI Lawyer from the Law Office of Barry T. Simons immediately for a free DUI Consultation and Case Evaluation.

ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA DUI PENALTIES

The ranges of penalties for a first offense DUI vary greatly from a second offense DUI and even more for a third offense DUI. The greatest disparity exists between a first offense DUI and fourth offense DUI as a fourth offense DUI is automatically treated as a felony. Under Vehicle Code § 23550.5 a second or third offense will be treated as a felony if you had a separate conviction for a felony DUI within 10 years of the most recent DUI charge.

FIRST OFFENSE DUI PENALTIES IN ORANGE COUNTY

First offenders find themselves in the best position to avoid jail time unless the case involves the aggravating factors listed in the chart below or involved in an accident and/or hit and run charges. While some may say that a first offender need not hire an attorney, many learn to regret the decision to forego retaining an attorney later finding that they may have ended up with a reduction, or better yet, avoided a DUI conviction altogether. There is no substitute for the skill and knowledge that an experienced Orange County DUI Lawyer can bring to your Orange County DUI case.

COLLATERAL CONSEQUENCES OF A DUI CONVICTION:

The conviction may be reported to your regulatory agency by the California DOJ or the California Department of Justice

You may be required to report the conviction to your regulatory licencing agency

You will have to disclose the conviction when you renew your professional license

The fact of conviction may be disclosed on your regulatory agency's web site

You may be required to disclose the conviction to your employer

Your insurance can increase by thousands of $$each year for years to come

The cost of your health insurance may increase

It maybe difficult to obtain Life Insurance and its cost may increase

You may be prevented from entering foreign countries including Canada

Many future jobs may be closed to you due to a conviction.

Your alcohol program may conflict with your professional obligations.

SECOND OFFENSE DUI PENALTIES IN ORANGE COUNTY

While the statutory minimum for a second offense DUI is only four (4) days, which can be split-up over two (2), forty-eight (48) hour weekends, Orange County starts with a sentence that ranges from 45-to-60 days. If you are still on probation for a prior DUI conviction, or have a high blood alcohol level, you can expect the Orange County District Attorney’s Office to press for a more severe jail sentence that for your second offense Orange County DUI charge. Sometimes this jail time can be done in a private city jail, and sometimes it can be done on Supervised Electronic Home Confinement (SEC); however, there is no guarantee that the judge in your Orange County DUI case will allow you to serve your time anywhere else but County Jail. This is why the retention of an experienced Orange County DUI Attorney is advisable if you are facing a multiple offense DUI charge in Orange County.

NOTE: Under Vehicle Code § 23550.5 your current offense will be a felony if you had a separate conviction for a felony DUI within 10 years.

Our professional promise to you is that we will do everything possible to resolve your Orange County DUI case in a way that will not destroy your career.  A second offense DUI will result in disciplinary action for most professionals. If you provided your fingerprints through "Live-Scan", you can be assured that you will likely be contacted by your regulatory Board within 10 days of your arrest.  How you handle your Court case and how your attorneys prepare for the Administrative action will have profound consequences for your career.

THIRD OFFENSE DUI PENALTIES IN ORANGE COUNTY

Being charged with a Third Offense DUI in Orange County can be a life changing event. While the statutory minimum is 120 days, Orange County starts off with sentences that range from 180-to-270 days, sometimes a year depending on the circumstances of the Orange County DUI case.  If you are currently on probation and are charged with a Third Offense DUI you will face additional consequences from the Judge for violating the terms and conditions of probation.  Some Judges will revoke your probation and remand you into custody without bail pending a hearing on your probation violation.  There are alternatives to long jail sentences that could result in the loss of a job that an experienced Orange County DUI Lawyer can guide you through.  This is why hiring an experienced Orange County DUI Attorney is advisable if you are facing a multiple offense DUI charge out of an Orange County Court. 

NOTE: Under Vehicle Code § 23550.5 your current offense will be a felony if you had a separate conviction for a felony DUI within 10 years.

FOURTH OFFENSE DUI PENALTIES IN ORANGE COUNTY

A fourth offense DUI is a felony. Sentencing usually starts off with sixteen (16) months. Rarely can this time be served in a private city jail or through Supervised Electronic Home Confinement (SEC). Even if probation is denied, defendants will not be sent to State Prison to serve their time on a Vehicle Code § 23152 conviction punishable under Vehicle Code § 23550(a) under the Criminal Realignment Act of 2011 unless great bodily injury is involved.  A fourth offender, let alone any multiple offender, should not endeavor to represent themselves as the consequences of that decision could be dire. 

DUI PENALTIES FOR INJURY ACCIDENTS IN ORANGE COUNTY

If you cause injury to another while driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, including driving under the influence of prescribed medications, the consequences and punishment changes dramatically. As you might expect, the worse the injury, the greater the consequences.  If the injury is minor, you will be charged with misdemeanor DUI with injury under Vehicle Code § 23153(a)(b).  A more substantial injury will result in a felony charge of Vehicle Code § 23153(a)(b). If you inflicted great bodily injury, the special enhancement allegation under Penal Code §12022.7, which adds 3-6 years onto the sentence, will be added and it requires that you serve at least 85% of your jail or prison sentence instead of just 50%.

CONCLUDING REMARKS REGARDING DUI PENALTIES IN ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA

If you are facing a first, second, third, fourth or even fifth or sixth DUI charge out of Orange County, take the time to consult the Orange County DUI Lawyers of the Law Office of Barry T. Simons today for a free, no-cost, DUI Consultation and Case Evaluation.




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