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Orange County DUI Defense Lawyers

The persecution of a DUI arrest in California begins immediately with the revocation of your driver’s license by the state Department of Motor Vehicles. California prosecutes these cases very aggressively even against a first time offender. With sentences that can include years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines and penalties, a defendant in a DUI case should not try and face these charges alone. Contact our Orange County DUI defense lawyers today for a free case evaluation to help get you and your case on the right track.

How Our Lawyers Benefit You


  • Unrivaled DUI Defense Experience
  • Attorney Randy Collins has represented DUI defendants at every stage of criminal proceedings as a DUI prosecutor and as a DUI defense attorney. His time spent as the Deputy District Attorney has given him priceless experience that few other attorneys have.

  • Great Results
  • Mr. Collins has a great success rate. Having obtained numerous DUI case dismissals, not guilty verdicts, and favorable plea bargains on behalf of his clients has set the standard very high for his competition.

  • The Availability You Need
  • Despite his success, Mr. Collins continues to provide many of his clients with his personal contact information. This is very unusual amongst great DUI defense lawyers. When you need to get a hold of your attorney, you can.

  • Award Winning Defense
  • Mr. Collins has won various awards for his representation of DUI defendants including the Criminal Justice Clinical Award and the Top 40 Criminal Defense Lawyer Under 40 Award.

  • Flat Rate Fees
  • Worried that your trial will cost too much? Worried that you will spend too much to have your case dismissed or a plea bargain negotiated? Attorney Collins provides flat rate fees so that you know exactly how much you will be spending for his services.

The Prosecution

DUI charges have two main elements that must be proven by the prosecution in order to get a conviction. First, the defendant was operating a motor vehicle, and, secondly, the charged was under the influence at that time. If either one of these elements is missing or can be challenged and disproved, the charges for the offense can be dropped.

In addition, the prosecution will have to show probable cause for why the officer stopped you or suspected that you were driving under the influence as well as that it was a lawful arrest. Whether or not Miranda warnings were recited to the defendant rarely make a difference, but there are special circumstances in which they do.

Implied Consent

California is an implied consent state. This means that the state operates under the assumption that a driver is aware of the possibility of being asked to submit to a sobriety test if he is suspected of driving under the influence. The accused still has the right to refuse such a test but will face a fine as well as an automatic suspension of his or her driver’s license.

Administrative Penalties

In California, the Department of Motor Vehicles will suspend your driver’s license after your arrest. You have ten days to file for an administrative hearing to challenge that penalty. If you don’t file for the hearing in time, your license will remain suspended until the resolution of your criminal case.

Criminal Penalties

The criminal penalties for a conviction vary depending on how many times the accused has been found guilty of the offense:

  • 1st Time Offenders: Jail time ranges from 4 days to 6 months with possible fines from $1,400 to $2,600. Driving privileges are suspended for 30 days to 10 months.
  • 2nd Offense: A defendant convicted for the second time can expect to spend 10 days to a year in jail, plus be responsible for paying $1,800 to $2,800 in fines. License suspension will be for two years, and the defendant can be subjected to an interlock ignition device when the suspension is lifted.
  • 3rd Offense: The third conviction is at least 120 days to a year in jail and up to $18,000 in fines and penalties. The defendant can also be subjected to an interlock ignition device once the 3-year suspension on his or her driver’s license has been met.
  • Repeat Offenders: A second conviction in a 10-year period qualifies a defendant as a repeat offender. The acceptable blood alcohol concentration will drop to .01% to qualify as a charge, and the penalties increase for conviction. A fourth conviction in California is treated as a felony offense.

See what others have to say about us

  • Following my arrest, I had no idea how much trouble I was in. Randy made me feel like we were a team and that I could trust he would take care of things. He kept me out of trouble and I was able to keep my license during the proceedings.

    Susie S.
  • I had never gotten in trouble before, so I was pretty concerned when I called MacGregor & Collins, LLP. After a 30 minute consultation with Ron about my DUI with injury I felt like I was in the right hands. I went with them and was very happy with the result.

    Rob D.

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What Can a DUI Defense Attorney Do?

There are a number of defenses that can be used in a DUI case. An attorney will first look at the arrest record and make sure that if there was probable cause and if police procedure was followed correctly. Witness testimony could be needed to prove your physical and mental state at the time of the arrest. Challenging a police officer’s motives for suspecting alcohol-induced behavior is one of the most common defense tactics used.

A California DUI lawyer can also try and plea the case down to a wet reckless driving. This is only applicable in first offense cases where no accident or injury was involved. The charges are reduced to reckless driving, which carries no jail time.

For the best possible outcome, an attorney’s assistance is needed with any DUI charge. The penalties are severe even for a first time offender and a conviction makes a permanent black mark on their driving record. Even with a positive blood alcohol concentration result there is hope of avoiding a conviction and jail time.

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Those facing charges in Orange, Riverside, Los Angeles, or San Diego County are encouraged to contact our skilled Orange County DUI attorneys for a free case evaluation. Call (888) 250-2865 now to get help today.