A 56-year-old man has been charged with driving under the influence after being involved in an Orange County car crash. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the suspected drunk driving accident in Irvine occurred at John Wayne Airport. Police say that the man drove over a curb, through a fence and crashed into a private plane. No one was hurt in the accident but the plane began to leak fuel following the collision. The driver was arrested for DUI.
It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs in California. According to California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a): “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.”
Drivers convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol in southern California face a myriad of potential penalties. Consequences for a first time DUI conviction include a four-month license suspension, jail time of up to six months, heavy fines and the installation of an Ignition Interlock Device. The costs of DUI including attorneys’ fees, court costs and fines can add up very quickly as well.
If you or a loved one has been charged with drunk driving in Orange County, the experienced Orange County DUI attorneys at Sitkoff & Hanrahan can help. We have former prosecutors and investigators on our staff who know how to handle these cases to your advantage. Call us today at 866-430-8383 to discuss your case at absolutely no cost.