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Orange County Defense Attorneys Defending Labor Day Weekend DUI Arrests

September 14, 2011
By The Law Offices of Vincent J. LaBarbera, Jr. on September 14, 2011 4:42 PM |

Imagine if it was your job to sit along the roadside in a vehicle and watch other vehicles drive by. And imagine doing that for eight hours, plus likely overtime, for several days straight.

You could understand if by the end of the shift you might get tired and perhaps a little sloppy in your attention to detail. And yet over the Labor Day weekend, 262 DUI arrests in Orange County were made, a 40-percent hike from 2010 numbers.
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One can't possibly think that 40 percent more drunk drivers were on the roads this year compared to last. So that means either Orange County law enforcement dedicated more time to DUI investigations or they were so overzealous that some people's rights were trampled en route to them setting record arrest numbers.

It requires a certain amount of skepticism to reveal the real truth sometimes. And that comes in handy when defending drivers who have been arrested for DUI in Orange County. As an experienced Santa Ana DUI Defense Attorney for decades, I have seen it all from law enforcement and prosecutors. And it's that experience I bring to each individual case. Trust experience when you are fighting for your rights.

According to The Orange County Register, sheriff's deputies made 262 DUI arrests, which was up from 187 arrests last year. Through a joint effort of state and local law enforcement agencies, officers arrested 856 people from August 19 to September 5. During the same time period last year, 665 arrests were made. Sheriff's officials said one DUI-related fatality was reported in Anaheim, when a 25-year-old San Dimas man died after he lost control of his vehicle and landed in a flood-control channel. Agencies received a grant to conduct the stepped-up patrols, the newspaper reports.

Most people understand DUI to mean driving under the influence and that can mean drugs or alcohol. "Under the influence" means the driver has a blood-alcohol content of .08 or higher. A person with a blood-alcohol content below .08 is not considered legally drunk.

But while the charge is easily the most common that Americans face, in California, the penalties are severe. It may be classified as a misdemeanor, but the possible penalties rival many felony charges as politicians have sought to impede on individuals' rights in order to boost their own campaigns.

In California, the penalties are as follows:

• Imprisonment in a county jail for at least 96 hours, with at least 48 straight hours, and
up to 6 months
• Driver license suspension for six months
• A fine of up to $1,000
• Completion of a DUI school
• Possible installation and costs associated with an ignition interlock device

Again, while only a misdemeanor, a person must be sent to jail, which is not a pleasant place, have their driver license suspended, and make payments for DUI school, fines and fees. Additionally, there are costs associated with having an ignition interlock device installed on the person's vehicle. The interlock device won't let the vehicle start unless the driver blows and registers a blood-alcohol level below .08.

If you are facing DUI charges or other felony charges in Orange County, contact the Law Offices of Vincent J. LaBarbera Jr. to discuss your options. Through three decades of experienced, Attorney LaBarbera has argued over 200 criminal trials and appeals. Call (714) 541-9668 for a confidential appointment to discuss your rights.

More Blog Entries:

Disneyland Area Fatal DUI Accident May Lead to Additional Charges: July 28, 2011

Fourth of July DUI Arrests Must Be Defended in Orange County: July 1, 2011

Additional Resources:

262 DUI arrests over Labor Day weekend, by Alejandra Molina, The Orange County Register