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Orange County DUI Attorney

Most people have heard of DUI crimes – if not personally, then at least from media broadcasts of the DUI cases of Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, and many other celebrities. If a person drives under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, he or she can be charged with a DUI (Vehicle Code 23152a).

However, DUI cases are so complex, that an experienced defense lawyer is necessary to give you the best options for your defense. Much like being diagnosed with an illness, a DUI analysis lies on several factors: the reason for the traffic stop, height/weight of arrested person, amount drank, time of arrest, external behavior while under arrest, administration of breathalyzer test, field sobriety tests, as well as the proper handling of blood samples for BAC analysis.

Defense of DUI

In the dozens upon dozens of defenses associated with DUI's, all boil down to essentially two types: Either the driver was not "driving", or the driver was not impaired to a measurable degree. What this means is that there are many instances where someone is arrested for DUI when the issue of driving was a misunderstanding. In addition to that, the legal and factual arguments associated with impairment fall largely upon scientific factors. It is best to have your defense lawyer analyze your DUI case for the best possible result.

Law of DUI

The phrase "under the influence" can be defined in a variety of ways. Generally speaking, if a person's physical and mental abilities are so impaired by alcohol and/or drugs, such that he or she is no longer able to drive a car with the caution of an ordinary person, he or she is "under the influence." If a person's blood alcohol level is found to be 0.08 percent or higher, he or she might be found guilty of driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or higher (Vehicle Codes § 23152b), but he or she won't necessarily be found guilty of driving under the influence.

The manner in which a person was driving is taken into consideration when determining whether or not a he or she was driving under the influence. Blood alcohol level is not the sole determining factor.