The court system in Orange, CA, can harshly punish drivers for a wide range of traffic violations. You could face fines and time in jail or prison if you are accused:
- Traffic Infractions
- Criminal Traffic Violations
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
While all charges for traffic violations are serious, DUIs receive especially severe treatment. You can get immediate help addressing a DUI accusation by contacting the Simmrin Law Group today. Our DUI Lawyers in Orange, CA, have years of experience beating DUI charges and protecting our clients.
Understanding Misconceptions about DUI Charges
Acceptable Blood Alcohol Content
The laws surrounding DUIs in California can be difficult to understand. You may have heard that drivers are allowed to drive as long as their blood alcohol content (BAC) is under .08%.
While the .08% rule is sometimes true, it only applies to non-commercial drivers who are over 21. The state can charge drivers under the age of 21 with a DUI if their BAC is over .01%. Commercial drivers can face DUI charges for a BAC of .04%.
Tests to Measure Blood Alcohol Content
Many people know that their BAC can be measured through chemical testing, including breathalyzer tests. You may have heard that you can sometimes refuse these tests. This is true, but only in specific situations. You may only refuse to take a test if:
- You Are Over 21
- You Are Not on DUI Probation
- You Are Not Arrested
Individuals who refuse required tests can face harsh penalties.
Many individuals also believe that breathalyzers cannot be disputed in court. This is untrue. A professional criminal defense lawyer can work to argue against the results of breathalyzers and other field sobriety tests.
Get Ready to Handle Any DUI Charge
DUI charges require you to get immediate legal help. Individuals are given only 10 days after a DUI charge to arrange a hearing at the Orange Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Your DMV hearing will deal with the suspension of your license, so it is important that you treat it seriously.
You will not only lose your license if convicted of a DUI. The penalties for a DUI can also include lengthy jail sentences and thousands of dollars in fines.
Additionally, you will face harsher consequences each time you are arrested for a subsequent DUI. Protecting your future can be much easier if you have a highly trained DUI lawyer on your side.
Our DUI Lawyers Can Defend You from Criminal Traffic Charges
Here at the Simmrin Law Group we understand that DUIs are not the only charges a driver can face. You can face criminal charges for a wide range of traffic violations, including:
- Reckless Driving
- Driving on a Suspended License
- Driving on a Revoked License
- Vehicular Manslaughter
Reckless driving is an especially common charge, as it covers many acts, including:
- Driving the Wrong Way
- Driving on a Sidewalk
- Racing Other Vehicles
- Excessively Speeding
- Tailgating Other Drivers
The penalties for criminal traffic charges can include jail time and fines. You will also have 2 points added to your license for criminal traffic violations.
The DMV uses points as a basis to suspend your license. Drivers that collect a certain number of points in 1, 2, or 3 years will lose their license for a period of time.
We Can Help You Handle Traffic Infractions
Traffic infractions are less severe than criminal traffic violations. Typically, you are given a ticket by a law enforcement officer or a red-light camera for traffic infractions. Common examples of traffic infractions include:
- Running a Stop Sign
- Misusing Carpool Lanes
While traffic infractions may seem minor, they can still result in fines and you will have 1 point placed on your license for each traffic infraction. It is important that you get professional advice about the best way to resolve any traffic infraction accusation.
An Orange, CA DUI Lawyer Can Help You Today
Drivers can face high fines, jail time, and the loss of their license if they are accused of any traffic infraction or violation. You deserve professional help to ensure you are properly defended. We can assess any plea bargains you are offered and fight for you in court. The Simmrin Law Group can take on your case immediately. Our DUI lawyers in Orange, CA will start building your defense with a FREE consultation.
Take control of your future by calling (310) 997-4688 or completing our online contact form.