Fullerton DUI Attorney
Being accused of a DUI is serious - very serious! Your freedom, your career, and your future, as well as your right to drive, your insurance rates and your reputation may be on the line. You don’t have to plead guilty. The fact is many driving under the influence and DUI cases can be successfully defended by an experienced Fullerton DUI attorney.
Fullerton DUI attorney Randall T. Longwith is Orange County's Premier Criminal and DUI Defense Attorney. He is an experienced and highly successful criminal defense lawyer specializing in aggressively defending individuals charged with Drunk Driving and DUI offenses throughout Southern California, including Orange County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, and Los Angeles County. His clients have included doctors, lawyers, police officers and business people throughout Orange County. Mr. Longwith has been highly successful in obtaining not guilty verdicts, dismissals, and reduction of charges in all types of criminal offenses. He also moves quickly to try and obtain a client's release from custody.
Drunk driving is sometimes referred to as Driving Under the Influence, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs, DUI, Driving While Intoxicated, and DWI. DUI is a serious criminal offense, one that must be addressed immediately. Rights can be lost without prompt action.
Unless done properly, you could lose your driver's license without a hearing! At the Law Offices of Fullerton DUI Attorney Randall T. Longwith, an Orange County criminal defense law firm, our DUI lawyers know how to proceed after a DUI arrest in a timely manner, protecting your freedom and your rights. You have only TEN DAYS from the date of your arrest to demand an administrative hearing from the DMV. The Law Offices of Fullerton DUI attorney Randall T. Longwith has an exceptional record at these hearings. We also can advise you on how to obtain a Restricted License if that becomes necessary, shortening the normal four-month suspension to thirty days. We will explain to you the pros and cons of requesting a "Stay" on your suspension to allow you to drive until your hearing with the DMV.
The Law Offices of Fullerton DUI attorney Randall T. Longwith works hard defending our clients arrested for DUI and Drunk Driving. After many years of experience defending DUI and Drunk Driving cases, we have an in-depth knowledge of California DUI Laws, the court process, Department of Motor Vehicles ("DMV") licensing hearings, and all aspects of California DUI defense and related matters. The Law Offices of Fullerton DUI lawyer Randall T. Longwith represent many clients from Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Cypress, Fullerton, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Costa Mesa, Santa Ana, Placentia, Mission Viejo, Aliso Viejo, Lake Forrest, Laguna Niguel, La Habra, Huntington Beach, Stanton, Anaheim Hills, Orange, Villa Park, Tustin, Irvine, Cerritos, and Yorba Linda, as well as other cities throughout Riverside, San Bernnardino, and Los Angeles counties.
In most cases, the Law Offices of Fullerton DUI attorney Randall T. Longwith can make all court appearances for you, thereby allowing you to continue working without interruption. Some of the DUI matters we handle include the following: Drunk Driving; Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs; Driving While Intoxicated; Field Sobriety Tests; Breath Testing; Blood testing; Alcohol Evaluations; Driver's License Suspension; Restricted Driver’s License; Underage Drinking and Driving; Vehicular Assault; Vehicular Homicide. The Law Offices of Fullerton DUI lawyer Randall T. Longwith aggressively protects your rights, your freedom, your driving privileges, and your reputation. Some of the things we do include: Immediately contacting the DMV to Protect Your Driving Privilege by Requesting a Hearing with the DMV; Obtaining a "Stay" on the Suspension; Helping obtain a Restricted Driver's License when necessary; Advising After a California DUI Arrest ; Appearing before Department of Motor Vehicles Officers; Plea Bargaining; Drafting and arguing Motions; Trial Preparation, including Evidence Gathering; Appearing Before All California State Courts of Law; Presenting Cases at Trial before a Judge or Jury.
Steps in the DUI Process
You are pulled over. In order to be pulled over for a California DUI, the police must have “reasonable suspicion” or a reason to do so. This reason could be a mechanical problem with your vehicle such as a broken head light to a driving infraction such as an illegal turn, to weaving to an accident. If they suspect that you are driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or both, they will require you to submit to breath test or blood test to determine the amount of alcohol present in your blood. You should not refuse this test. You may choose to submit to a breath test or a blood test. When choosing, remember “Breath” evidence cannot be preserved for later retesting by your own expert, “blood” evidence can.
There are certain things you should not do during a California DUI investigation. Don’t enter into a conversation with the police regarding "what you drank," "where you were", etc. You are required only to give your name and address and to produce the necessary documents. But, other than that, you have the right to remain silent. That right is there for a reason. Take advantage of it and remain silent.
Also, don’t consent to a hand held roadside breath test. These breath tests referred to as Preliminary alcohol screening tests are voluntary and you are not required to consent even though the police often make you believe they are mandatory. They are often performed by unqualified people in uncontrolled surroundings and can give inaccurate readings that may damage your defense. Remember, the police already think you’re guilty – that’s likely why they stopped you! Make them prove their accusation in a court of law, not on the side of the road.
Do not consent to a field sobriety test. These are the tests that require you to walk a straight line, touch your nose, etc. These tests are voluntary and are subject to the interpretation of the police officer giving the test and are not based on scientific fact. If you have already taken a field sobriety test, all is not lost. An experienced Fullerton DUI attorney knows how ineffective that evidence is in a court of law. You are transported to a police station. Once you are placed under arrest, you will be required to take either a breath test or a blood test. You will not be able to consult a lawyer prior to taking the test.
After the arrest: You must schedule a DMV hearing within 10 days. You will be given a notice of suspension and the DMV must prove that there is sufficient reason for revoking your license. If you do not request a hearing, the suspension will take effect for the legislated amount of time. It is important to remember that the DMV hearing is different from the actual court proceeding that determines your guilt but your failure to exercise your right to a DMV hearing could negatively affect your defense. Please remember, the DMV hearing is not the court hearing. There are actually two sentences that may be imposed, one from the DMV and one from the courts. If you do not schedule a DMV hearing within 10 days you will lose the right to defend yourself against the DMV at a later date.
Your attorney prepares your defense. Do not get discouraged! Several factors come into play when an attorney who is experienced in California DUI law prepares your defense. DUI cases are very complex. You may feel that you have already been proven guilty because you were told your BAC was above the legal limit. However, your rights are still protected under the constitution. The burden of proof rests with the prosecutor. Mr. Longwith is an experienced DUI trial lawyer. If there is a way to successfully defend your case, he will find it.
Were you stopped by the police because they saw you swerve? If so, did you swerve to miss an object on the road? Did the police notice bloodshot eyes? Were you tired or were your contact lenses bothering you? if you did take a field sobriety test and failed, was it because of medical reasons such as high blood pressure or inner ear problems? Were you feeling intimidated by the interrogation process that may have caused you to become nervous or confused? Did the police officer have the appropriate medical credentials that would support his conclusions? When you were arrested, were your constitutional rights explained to you?
Many factors may cause a breath test to register a false reading. When you took the breath test, had you recently used mouthwash or breath sprays that contained alcohol? Do you have a reflux problem that may have caused stomach contents to re-enter your esophagus? Alcohol that is present in the mouth from breath sprays, burping, etc., may give a false reading. If you were arrested for drunk driving as a result of an accident causing injuries, blood in your mouth may also give a false reading. How long did you wait after you were pulled over before the test was administered? Alcohol enters the blood stream at a certain rate. You may have had a BAC reading of over 0.08 when the test was administered but that does not necessarily mean that you had that reading when you were driving. Mr. Longwith is certified by the police academy to administer the Alco Sensor IV breath test. He is also certified to administer the field sobriety tests. If there is any to attack the breath testing procedure or the field sobriety test procedures, Mr. Longwith will find it. Call him today for a FREE CONSULTATION at (714) 699-4384.
If you are eventually convicted, certain penalties may be imposed a California DUI can lead to jail time, hefty fines of thousands of dollars, probation, months of alcohol classes, and having your drivers license taken away. Mr. Longwith is an experienced and resourceful Fullerton DUI attorney and can often convince the courts that a jail sentence would not benefit either the client or society. Many alternatives can be more effective such as drug/alcohol treatment, house arrest, etc. An attorney who is experienced in DUI law will introduce these alternative methods of punishment to the courts and may be victorious in keeping you out of jail.
Insurance requirements If you are convicted of a California DUI offense, you will suffer an additional financial “punishment” in the form of insurance premium increases. Although you cannot be refused insurance coverage based on a DUI conviction, you may be refused coverage by your current insurance provider and be forced to use a provider that has been mandated by the government to offer “high risk” coverage. This coverage is extremely costly. In addition to paying exorbitant premiums, you will be required to provide an SR22 form to the DMV in order to register your vehicle. The SR22 form proves that you have insurance coverage but also tells the DMV, insurance companies, employers and others that you have been convicted of DUI.
Remember that if you are arrested for California DUI you are not alone. MADD reports that, just in California, there are over 200,000 arrests made each year. Your arrest depends on what the police see, hear and do but your freedom can depend on the attorney you choose. If you are in trouble and your freedom is on the line, you need a Fullerton DUI attorney who is not afraid to fight for you and your rights, a lawyer who is passionate about your situation, dedicated to your case and will NOT quit. You need Fullerton DUI lawyer Randall T. Longwith.
The DUI and drunk driving laws in California demand that anyone facing such charges employ an experienced criminal defense attorney for his or her defense in order to avoid mandatory jail time and to preserve your drivers license. The right Orange County DUI defense lawyer may be your best defense against spending time in jail. The Law Offices of Fullerton DUI attorney Randall T. Longwith knows DUI arrests can be embarrassing. That is why we do everything possible to handle this confidential matter in a sensitive manner. If you have been accused of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, DUI, DWI, or any other driving offense in Fullerton or Orange County, you need to speak with an experience and aggressive DUI lawyer immediately. Please The Law Offices of Fullerton DUI attorney Randall T. Longwith . We will aggressively protect your rights and your freedom.
Don't waste your time with the big firms where your case is handled by a low level associate attorney. At The Law Offices of Fullerton DUI Drunk Driving attorney Randall T. Longwith, Mr. Longwith himself handles every case personally.
If you or someone you care about has been arrested for driving under the Influence or DUI in Fullerton or anywhere in Orange County, your criminal defense attorney is the only thing that stands between you and possible loss of your freedom. Your choice of attorney is critical. Don't trust your future to just anyone. You deserve the best. If you have been charged with a criminal offense, contact the best. Contact the best. Contact Fullerton's Premier Criminal Defense and DUI Attorney, Randall T. Longwith.
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