Newport Beach Criminal Defense
4000 MacArthur Blvd. Suite 600
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Phone: (949) 644-0600
If you scroll down, you will find helpful information about California drunk driving law and how our Newport Beach DUI defense lawyers may help your case:
California DUI cases are two-pronged: There is the criminal case (discussed below), and the DMV case. The moment you are arrested for driving under the influence in Newport Beach, the police officer will ask that you hand over your driver’s license, and he/she will give you a pink, temporary license good for thirty days. You can contact the Department of Motor Vehicles to request a DMV Hearing to contest the license suspension, but you have to make the request within only ten days of your arrest, or else you forfeit the right completely.
Our Newport Beach DUI Defense Attorneys can request the DMV Hearing for you as well as appear on your behalf. DMV Hearings are very similar to trials, and we can present evidence and cross-examine witnesses in an effort to persuade the hearing officer not to suspend your license. Either way, a first time DUI case will rarely cause your license to be suspended for more than a few months, whereas successive DUI cases may result in suspensions for one year or longer. We can also request that you be granted a restricted license that would allow you to continue commuting to work and school.
For more in-depth information, please refer to our page on DMV hearings related to a California DUI arrest.
If your DUI arrest involved no accident or injuries, you will probably be charged with the misdemeanors Vehicle Code 23152(a) and Vehicle Code 23152(b). However, if you have already been convicted of DUI three times in the last ten years, a fourth incident may be charged as a felony, even if nobody got hurt.
The courts usually draw out DUI cases for several months or more, and sometimes your first court date will not occur until weeks after the initial arrest. Our Newport Beach DUI Defense attorneys take advantage of this time to study all the facts of your case, compile favorable evidence, craft the strongest defense possible, and negotiate with prosecutors in an effort to throw out your case or at least lessen the charges. Furthermore, you usually never have to appear in court — we go in your place.
People convicted of DUI in Newport Beach for the first time can expect to be sentenced to the following terms:
- Two days to six months in jail, but that is almost always suspendable
- Fines of about $1,800
- Three years or more of probation
- A six-month driver’s license suspension (though you can usually still drive to work and school on a “restricted license”; and you may be able to drive anywhere if you get an ignition interlock device (IID) installed)
- Three months of California DUI School (see below for info on local schools)
Predictably, sentences get harsher for second- and third DUIs: Expect to pay higher fines, do longer DUI school programs, and install an ignition interlock device in your car. (An ignition interlock device is a breathalyzer that disables your car if you register as having been drinking.)Jail may be imposed as well.
If you are arrested for DUI, you will likely be booked at not the Central Jail Complex but rather the Newport Beach Jail, located in the local police department at 870 Santa Barbara Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660. The number is (949) 644-3672.
The Orange County District Attorney prosecutes DUIs at the Harbor Justice Center, located at 4601 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach, CA 92660. The number is (714) 449-8100.
If you plead to driving under the influence, the courtroom clerk will provide you with information about local DUI schools, which, as mentioned above, is a standard part of DUI sentences.
Any mandatory jail sentences for second or third misdemeanor DUIs will probably be served at the Orange County Central Jail Complex at 550 N. Flower Street, Santa Ana, CA 92703 and reachable at (714) 647-4666, the Theo Lacy Facility at 501 The City Drive South, Orange, CA 92868 and reachable at (714) 935-6940, or the James A. Musick Facility at 13502 Musick Road, Irvine CA 92618 and reachable at (949) 855-2600.
Arrestees under eighteen will likely be detained at Orange County Juvenile Hall, located at 331 City Drive, Orange, CA 92868. The number is (714) 935-6660.
Detainees at Orange County Juvenile Hall will then have their cases heard at the Betty Lou Lamoreaux Juvenile Justice Center, located at 341 City Drive, Ste. 307, Orange, CA 92868. The number is (714) 935-7578.
Also visit our page on California DUI charges for drivers under 21 years of age.
The most standard sentence in DUI cases, even if it is your first one, is a drug and alcohol education program. California DUI School typically lasts three months to thirty months, depending on your BAC level at the time of the arrest and if you have previous drunk driving convictions. Obviously, our Newport Beach DUI defense attorneys would try to persuade the judge to order the shortest program possible for you.
Two Newport Beach DUI Schools are:
Gold Coast Counseling Center
1441 Superior, Ste. D
Newport Beach, CA 92663
Academy of Defensive Driving, Inc.
Programs: First Offender
2000 Quail Street
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Arrested for DUI in Orange County?
It is our mission to make this ordeal as quick and painless as possible, to do everything to try to keep you out of jail, to save your driver’s license, and to fight to dismiss your DUI charges or to have them reduced to California reckless driving or even less.
To schedule a free meeting with a Newport Beach criminal defense lawyer, call us at (949) 644-0600.