What is a DUI?

Expert Orange County DUI Lawyer Ray Dinari explains everything there is to know about the DUI, or "Driving Under the Influence."

Explaining the DUI

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A DUI (the abbreviation for Driving Under the Influence) is exactly as it sounds: When you’re caught driving under the influence of alchohol, illegal drugs, or otherwise illicet substances. These case often carry enhancements pursuant to California Penal Code and felony cases involving such criminal offenses can be complicated and time consuming to resolve, due to the circumstances arising from this type of an arrest. There’s a number of factors to consider when understanding exactly what makes up a DUI case. For example, place, time, and the blood alcohol level (BAC) of the alleged offender must be carefully analyzed by the criminal defense attorney and their investigative staff. Moreover, the prior arrest history of a defendant, including any possible previous DUI convictions, will also play a role in the pending case. Thus, it’s best to consult with an experienced Orange County criminal lawyer when facing a DUI with injury in Orange County. 

California DUI Penalties

In California, and especially Orange County, getting a DUI is nothing to laugh about. The penal code of California authorizes extremely strict and definite consequences for those convicted of a DUI. Here’s the scoop: 

Legal Consequences of a DUI

A DUI can be difficult, and is made even more complicated by circumstance. The consequences one faces for driving under the influence are brutal. For example, many DUI cases pair with injury or felony DUI (VC 23153), and can be severe in the criminal court system. Moreover. many people tend to dismiss the social aspects of being convicted for this felony DUI offense. It would be safe to assume the alleged DUI offender is employed and or has a family to support. If convicted for this crime, the defendant may lose their job and earnings to support their family. The defendant may also be sent to jail or prison, further displacing this person from their family, friends, and lifestyle.

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Long-Term Consequences of a DUI

Long term consequences of this felony conviction must be also considered. Any future gainful employment may be scrutinized by the company wanting to hire you. Background checks are part of a normal hiring procedure for many companies, especially if you are applying for a driver’s position. These are just a few scenarios someone may face. Don’t forget, a DUI with injury or felony DUI will remain on your DMV record for ten years from the date of conviction, and any DUI you receive during that ten year period will be charged as a felony if the original DUI with injury resulted in a felony conviction.

The consequences you will face will depend on how much alcohol was in your system at the time, as well as if you have a previous DUI charge or have been convicted of underage drinking in the past. However, you may be able to receive an alternative consequence that’s less severe depending on the circumstances. These include it being your first DUI charge, and if your BAC was very low at the time.

How a DUI Lawyer Can Help You

Mr. Ray Dinari of The Law Offices of Ray Dinari, is a licensed criminal law attorney through the State Bar of California. With over 20 years of experience, Mr. Dinari has successfully represented many clients charged with driving under the influence with injury in Orange County, California. Mr. Dinari regularly appears in all four Orange County Superior Court courthouses, and is seen as a mentor for many local colleagues. Criminal defense attorney Ray Dinari understands his clients’ life changing exposure if convicted with such a crime. Thus, he works diligently with the client and the local criminal court system to obtain the best possible result in court. 

A DUI charge when you’re underage could have lasting social consequences as well. For example, a conviction may result in being denied for scholarships or even admission into college, promotions at work or losing your job altogether. Fortunately, with the help of the best DUI lawyer Fullerton has to offer, you’ll be better equipped to handle the potential outcomes for your situation.

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 DUI is a criminal offense that is not to be taken lightly. Accepting DUI charges can have a harsh lasting and significant impact on your future. Ray Dinari is a DUI Specialist that uses his immense knowledge base and experience to fight your DUI charges. Our aim is always to reduce or dismiss the charges against our clients. Contact us at the information below for a wide selection of legal services in Fullerton, CA. 

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