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The Criminal DUI Case


California driving under the influence (DUI) arrests usually initiate two separate cases.  The first DUI case is the DUI criminal case, defended in the Orange County Superior Court. The second DUI case is the Department of Motor Vehicles license suspension case which is defended at a DMV Hearing. The California criminal case procedures are highly technical. For that reason, any person arrested for driving under the influence should be represented by a qualified DUI Lawyer with specialized experience in DUI defense.


By understanding your legal rights, a person accused of DUI can eliminate confusion and errors which are commonly made by inexperienced attorneys and people who are not represented. If you have questions regarding the criminal case, you should speak with a DUI Lawyer who specializes in this area of the law. A DUI criminal defense attorney will inform you of your rights and options throughout the process.


The Phases of the Criminal Process


The Orange County DUI criminal case begins when a person is stopped by a Police Officer, California Highway Patrol Officer, or other law enforcement officer for suspicion of driving under the influence. The police officer must have a reasonable suspicion or probable cause for making the traffic stop. During the traffic stop, law enforcement will have the driver pull off the freeway or to the side of the road.  The officer may ask the driver questions, but the driver has the right to refuse to answer incriminating questions. A DUI stop and investigation is not the same as a DUI arrest.


Before the officer can make a DUI arrest, he or she must have probable cause. Probable cause is reasonable belief that the person committed a crime. When a person is placed under arrest, he or she has constitutional rights, which are very important to understand. Every person who is arrested has the right to remain silent and the right to have an attorney.


Law enforcement must read Miranda Rights to each person they arrest if they ask post arrest questions regarding the offense. Miranda Rights inform the person of the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney. Miranda Rights do not have to be read until a person is taken into police custody.


After a DUI arrest, the driver is taken to the police station or County Jail for booking. During the booking process, the driver is fingerprinted, photographed, and asked his or her name and date of birth. Personal property is also removed and stored away from the person.


Shortly after a driver has been arrested for driving under the influence in Orange County, criminal charges will be filed by the Orange County District Attorney with the Orange County Superior Court. The filing of the criminal charges by the District Attorney actually initiates the criminal case, not the arrest. The first appearance in court is called an Arraignment. The purpose of the Arraignment if for the identification of the arrested person's attorney, the receipt of Discovery (police and lab reports) from the District Attorney, the entry of a plea of Not Guilty, Guilty, or No Contest, and the setting of future court dates. At the Arraignment, the Judge will either set release terms which may include attending Alcoholic Anonymous meetings, require bail or remand the accused into custody.


After the Arraignment, the case will progress to a Pretrial conference. In Orange County , a Pretrial conference is a settlement conference involving the District Attorney, the Judge and the attorney for the person who is accused of driving under the influence. Pretrial conferences are conducted fifteen (15) to forty-five (45) days after the Arraignment.


California criminal offenses punishable by six (6) or more months of jail time are entitled to be decided by a jury. Most Orange County DUI cases do not proceed to Trial. If a person is found Guilty after Trial, he or she will be Sentenced by the judge. A person found guilty has the right to Appeal the decision. In California misdemeanor cases, a person must file a Notice of Appeal within thirty (30) days after conviction or sentencing.


Orange County DUI Attorney


If you have been arrested for DUI in Orange County, deciding to hire a qualified DUI Attorney is the most important decision you will make. A qualified attorney will protect your rights, inform you of your legal options, investigate the circumstances surrounding the arrest, and question law enforcement officers and other witnesses. An experienced DUI Attorney can also provide the resources and aggressive defense you will need to successfully defend your DUI charges.


Our firm has been helping people charged with DUI in Orange County for over a decade. He has the education, training, and specialized experience to defend your driving under the influence case. When you work with Mr. Reynoso, you will know that you have hired a knowledgeable and trustworthy DUI defense lawyer, who will guide you through the criminal and DMV process.


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To have the greatest opportunity of avoiding the many penalties and negative consequences of DUI conviction, be sure to contact our experienced DUI Attorneys as soon as possible. We are here to offer you the aggressive and dedicated representation you deserve. 


The Reynoso Law Firm, with offices throughout Orange County, is a well-respected law firm of DUI Lawyers specializing in DUI defense exclusively: no clients but those charged with drunk driving (and related charges) are accepted. Mr. Reynoso has been defending Orange County  DUI cases since 1997 and is a graduate of NCDD’s DUI Trial College conducted at Harvard Law School.


We invite you to contact us today for a free consultation about your DUI case.  We will even contact the DMV to protect your license absolutely free, whether you retain our firm or not.


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