David Hunt, Newport Beach’s former city attorney, is facing misdemeanor drunk driving charges in connection with a collision, which occurred back in September. According to The Newport Beach Patch, the 54-year-old Hunt was arrested on Sept. 30 after he crashed his vehicle into a parked car on Ford Road in Newport Beach. No one was reportedly injured in that crash. Hunt was re-hired by the city on a contract basis, but that contract was terminated following his DUI arrest.
California law prohibits motorists from driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or higher. California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a) states: “It is unlawful for any person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug, to drive a vehicle.”
Even first-time offenders face serious DUI consequences in Orange County, including possible jail time, probation, mandatory alcohol education programs, and installation of an ignition interlock device. In addition to the legal consequences, an individual who is arrested on suspicion of drunk driving or charged with a DUI can also suffer professionally. People in public office can be terminated or placed on administrative leave. Individuals may lose their driving privileges, which in Southern California, can prevent them from being employed.
If you have been accused of drunk driving, the experienced Newport Beach DUI defense lawyers at Sitkoff & Hanrahan are here to help. Please understand that just because you have been arrested or charged, you do not have to plead guilty. Please contact our law offices at (866) 430-8383 to discuss your DUI case at absolutely no cost.