A driver was arrested for drunk driving in Orange County after he allegedly struck two other vehicles on the 5 Freeway in Irvine. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the driver of a Dodge Dakota struck a Toyota Tundra and a big rig. The accident reportedly caused injuries. The driver of the Dodge was given a field sobriety test and was then arrested for driving under the influence.
There are many details that go into the defense of an Irvine drunk driving charge. Was a Breathalyzer test given? If it was, when was the last time the Breathalyzer was calibrated? Were the rights of the accused followed during the arrest?
It is important to consult a skilled DUI Irvine defense attorney if you face DUI charges. The stakes are too high not to. Multiple drunk driving convictions carry even greater penalties. A first-time DUI offense could result in a six-month jail sentence, six-month license suspension and monetary fines of up to $1,000. A second DUI offense could result in a one-year jail sentence, two-year driver’s license suspension and more severe fines.
In 2009, California passed a number of new DUI laws to mandate ignition interlock devices and require group counseling for all convicted drunk drivers. Please remember that if you have been arrested for drunk driving, you have legal rights, including the right to legal representation. DUI defense lawyers at Sitkoff & Hanrahan understand complex California drunk driving laws and know how to defend your legal rights. Call us today 866-430-8383 for a free consultation and case evaluation.