Have you Been Charged with a DUI in Orange County?
If you have been arrested or charged with a DUI in Orange County contact the law firm of Scott C. Thomas right away. Driving under the influence is a serious charge that can have severe consequences including jail time. Scott has years of experience as both a prosecutor and a criminal defense attorney in the Southern California court system and can provide aggressive representation against your DUI charges.
An experienced Orange County DUI attorney knows that a police officer or state patrol stop for suspicion of drunk driving shouldn’t be the end of the world for anyone. Even if it’s your first offense or your third.
Act Now or Face License Suspension
You have just 10 days to contact the California DMV to schedule a “DMV APS (Administrative Per Se) Hearing” at one of the DMV’s Driver Safety Offices in Orange County. Otherwise, your license will automatically be suspended for 30-days from the date of your arrest. In order to increase your chances of keeping your license, it’s important to have an experienced DUI attorney present with you at this hearing.
What to Expect at a DMV APS Hearing
A DMV APS hearing generally takes place in a small room with a DMV officer and your DUI lawyer present with you. A Hearing Officer is an employee of the DMV and does not hold any legal training, but has the ability to decide whether or not to suspend your license.
The DMV must prove 3 things in order to proceed with suspending your license:
- That you were driving while intoxicated
- That you were legally and lawfully arrested
- That you were driving with a BAC of .08% or higher
A DMV APS hearing can be very challenging to overcome with so many cards stacked against you. This is why hiring a DUI Defense Attorney is crucial.
An Experienced Orange County DUI Defense Lawyer
Scott C. Thomas is a former prosecutor. This means that Scott is highly skilled at going to trial and can anticipate the case of the opposing attorney and develop a successful defense to deliver a favorable outcome in your favor.
If you are being charged with multiple DUI offenses in Orange County or are facing charges of DUI with Injury or DUI Vehicular Manslaughter, you need to contact an experienced attorney immediately. You could be facing a considerable amount of actual jail time and other legal repercussions that may negatively impact you and your family for years to come.
How DUI Defense Works
Too many things can go wrong during a DUI/DWI arrest. Bad weather, an engine malfunction, lousy roads, or pre-existing medical condition can contribute to law enforcement mistaking erratic driving for impaired driving. Breath test machines can prove to be defective or malfunctioning. Field sobriety tests often devolve into complex calisthenics attempted in darkness.
These kinds of “reasonable doubt” are prime factors that former prosecutor Scott C. Thomas exploits on behalf of Orange County clients.
The Best Orange County DUI Attorney
If you’re looking for one of the best Orange County, CA DUI lawyers to help you with your DUI defense case, then contact Scott today.
The Law Office of Scott C. Thomas in Santa Ana and Orange County California is highly experienced at working to reinstate revoked and suspended driver’s licenses, discredit police arrest procedures, and provide attentive representation for clients at hearings. If you’ve been caught, call Scott!