based on some of the facts alone, you have a very good chance of ending up with no DUI it all I am still going to suggest that you get your own attorney to make certain that you are railroad here
You may have several defenses to this charge.
Contact a local dui//dwi lawyer as soon as possible. . You can lose your license before you even get to court. http://addbalance.com/duitendaywarning.htm
The field sobriety "tests" are designed so that sober people will fail them, even if they are properly done. Often, they are not properly done. Only someone with expertise in this area can recognize problems with how the tests were done. http://addbalance.com/fieldsobrietytests.htm
What to do if you are stopped when you have been drinking?
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It is certainly in your interest to contact a good local DUI attorney. Do some quick research on AVVO and the California DUI Lawyers Association websites.
There are a number of things the District Attorney can charge you with. From worst to best they are VC23152(a) & VC 23152(b), VC23140, VC23136. The first two are normal DUI charges. The second two are used in connection with under 21 drivers. The VC23140 requires a BAC of .05 or greater and the VC23136 requires a BAC of .01 or higher. While there are some penalties for the second two they are lower than the VC23152 and they do not count as a prior DUI, if you should get into trouble again. Additionally, there are other ways to resolve a case if you are charged with a straight DUI, that result in lower penalties. You may have heaerd of the terms Wet Reckless or Dry Reckless. Don't forget to consider trial, if the facts are right.
DMV simply needs to show the BAC was .01 or higher to take your license for 1 year. DMV has two ways to suspend your license. If you fail to request an APS hearing of DMV within 10 calendar days of the incident, DMV will suspend your license. If there is a conviction for anything but the VC23136 the court will order the 1 year suspension. For some odd reason the VC23136 doesn't require the court to order the same suspension.
Get started with your research of local DUI attorneys andf make the call.
In Orange County you can expect the DA to file three charges: VC 23152(a), 23152(b) and 23140, the last one is an infraction and covers the under 0.08 territory where under the influence and above a 0.08 cannot be proven. It's a tough County for prosecuting DUI offenders, but the cases can be negotiated out favorably or won at trial. A good, reputable OC DUI Lawyer should be able to better your outcome. The license issue is equally important due to the extended one year suspension period.
I practice almost exclusively out of Orange County and primarily only represent DUI offenders if you would like to discuss the matter.
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