SHOULD I HIRE A DUI LAWYER?
ORANGE COUNTY’S “BEST” DUI DEFENSE LAWYERS RATED BY SUPER LAWYERS, ORANGE COUNTY’S “TOP-RATED” DUI DEFENSE ATTORNEYS
THE ANSWER TO THE QUESTION: “SHOULD I HIRE A DUI LAWYER?”
WHY YOU SHOULD HIRE A DUI LAWYER TO DEFEND YOU AGAINST DUI CHARGES IN ORANGE COUNTY
Should I Hire a DUI Lawyer? This is a question I am often asked, to which I respond, “Why Wouldn’t You Hire a DUI Lawyer to Defend You? or “Can You Afford Not to Hire a DUI Lawyer to Defend You?Peter F. Iocona is considered one of the best, if not the best, DUI Trial Lawyer in Orange County, California based on his results in obtaining “Not Guilty” verdicts and/or mistrials, which in turn has resulted in his ability to obtain reductions and/or dismissals in cases where other Orange County DUI Defense Attorneys have fallen short to achieve such results.
IN CASES INVOLVING MISDEMEANORS, YOUR PERSONAL APPEARANCE MAY BE WAIVED, PERMITTING YOU TO NOT HAVE TO PERSONALLY APPEAR IN COURT
One of the common problems our clients face, in addition to the underlying criminal charges of course, is taking time off of work to appear in Court for hours on end, sometimes wasting an entire day’s worth of work.
When you have an attorney to represent you, (at least on misdemeanor cases less some exceptions such as Domestic Violence cases and other types of cases involving protective orders), the attorney can appear on your behalf pursuant to Penal Code Section 977(a)(1); thereby waiving your personal appearance in Court. Even in those cases where a protective order is involved, after the initial appearance, a lawyer can typically waive your appearance for future Court appearance dates pursuant to Penal Code Section 977(a)(1).
Most DUI cases are filed as misdemeanors; thus, your personal appearance can be waived in virtually all instances. That said, some Orange County Courts, (but not all), insist on having defendants appears at a continued arraignment before agreeing to set the matter for a pretrial conference. This is to allow the Court to impress upon the defendant the seriousness of the case and of the release conditions, i.e., AA Meetings as part of the defendant’s continued release on their own recognizance, even in cases where bail has been posted. Nevertheless, a DUI Attorney will typically be able to waive the defendant’s appearance for subsequent appearances pursuant to Penal Code Section 977(a)(1).
Regardless of whether you may have to appear at one court appearance, defendants with attorneys can have their personal appearance waived pursuant to Penal Code Section 977(a)(1); thereby permitting you to continue working and handling your other or additional life obligations without having to worry about wasting your time in Court.
IF YOU HIRE AN EXPERIENCED DUI ATTORNEY, YOU WILL HAVE YOUR CASE ANALYZED TO DETERMINE WHETHER ANY LEGAL AND/OR FACTUAL DEFENSES EXIST IN ORDER TO AVOID A DUI CONVICTION
As I often tell prospective clients, the decision to hire a lawyer for a DUI case is to ensure that an “expert” examines the case to determine whether all i’s were dotted and all t’s were crossed and further, that the biggest word in the English language has the fewest number of letters, which is the word: “If”. If you had hired an experienced DUI Defense Attorney, would the outcome have been different.
I further tell prospective clients that people with second offense cases often state that they wish they had fought the first offense, believing, (sometimes correctly), that if they had fought the first and won, they would not be facing a second offense. Put another way, looking back and regretting not trying to find a way to have prevailed on a prior case is one of the most common complaints I find when discussing a second or even a third offense DUI case. Thus, if you want to make sure all the i’s were dotted and t’s were crossed and do not want to look back in regret and ask yourself whether the result would have been different had you hired an “expert” to review your DUI case, you should retain an Orange County DUI Defense lawyer to represent you against your Orange County DUI charge. The consultation is free, so why not pick up the phone and call now for your Free Orange County DUI Consultation: 949-305-0343.
YOU WILL NOT HAVE TO APPEAR AT YOUR DMV HEARING WHERE YOUR CASE WILL BE DEVELOPED TO DETERMINE WHETHER ANY LEGAL AND/OR FACTUAL DEFENSES EXIST IN ORDER TO AVOID A DUI CONVICTION
Some alleged “DUI Attorneys” will advise that the DMV Hearing is pointless. I disagree. The DMV Hearing is the first chance a DUI Lawyer gets, and you get, to learn about your case and the legal and/or factual defenses to your DUI case.
The DMV Hearing is also a great forum to obtain testimony, either from the officers or the Crime Laboratory, to develop defenses to your DUI Case. Do not underestimate the value of a DMV Hearing to your DUI Defense as this would be a dire mistake.
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If you have been charged with Driving Under the Influence in Orange County and need quality yet affordable representation, we can offer the kind of DUI defense you deserve.
Our firm of dedicated DUI attorneys offers decades of experience in defending DUI cases throughout the entire State of California, and specifically, Orange County, California. And remember, only hire a lawyer who specializes in DUI Defense – do not hire a general practitioner or an attorney who specializes in another area of law.