Dana Point Criminal Attorney assists residents of Dana Point who are facing criminal charges. Dana Point is home to 34,037 residents and contains nearly 7 miles of costal bluffs and rolling hills along the Pacific Ocean. The city is located in southern Orange County and is halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego. Dana Point is also considered the gateway to Doheny State Park. Every year in this park the Doheny Blues Festival takes place and this festival can often lead to heavy drinking and DUI’s.
Oftentimes, people who are charged with a crime like drunk driving or drug possession feel like they should plead guilty because the evidence against them seems strong. However, even if that is the case, there may still be ways to attack the prosecution’s case. A guilty plea or conviction can come back to haunt you in the future– affecting not only the situation at hand, but also your educational opportunities, your job prospects, and sometimes even your housing options. You need the help of an experienced Dana Point Criminal Attorney.
In California, drivers are not permitted to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. There is a no-tolerance law for under-age drivers, this means that if you are under 18 you cannot drive with any alcohol in your system. Repeat offenders and drivers between 18 and 21 may not drive with a BAC of .01 or more.
Under California’s Code of Regulations Title 17, there are numerous requirements that police must follow when they pull someone over who is suspected of drunk driving. State police have to observe the driver for 15 minutes, employ properly trained personnel to conduct chemical tests, regularly calibrate and maintain testing equipment, and properly collect, handle, and store blood or urine samples. If any of these regulations is not observed, your attorney might be able to the entire investigation into question.
For example, it is common for prosecutors to present police officer testimony that you were under the influence because of red or watery eyes, slurred speech, or an unsteady gait. In response, your attorney may bring up plausible explanations for your appearance not having to do with consuming alcohol. Similarly, if you failed a field sobriety test, your lawyer can address other factors that could affect your balance or coordination.
Cases such as petty theft, drug crimes, and DUI’s that occur in Dana Point are arraigned at the Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach, just a short drive from Dana Point Criminal Attorney Karren Kenney’s office.
Theft charges and convictions can ruin a person’s criminal record. An experienced criminal defense attorney can make a big difference to an individual in Dana Point who is facing DUI charges. We may be able to negotiate an appropriate plea bargain or take your case to trial. Contact the Kenney Legal Defense Corporation at (949) 536-7762 or via our online form.