A single-vehicle crash in Orange County resulted in the arrest of a 32-year-old Newport Beach man. According to a news report in The Daily Pilot, the alleged driving under the influence (DUI) incident occurred on East Coast Highway at Crystal Heights in Corona del Mar. Officials say his vehicle crashed into the center divider and ended up facing the wrong way. When officers arrived at the scene of the crash, they arrested the motorist on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. He was booked on misdemeanor charges.
If you have been arrested for misdemeanor DUI in Orange County, you probably have a number of questions. Will you lose your license? How will the incident affect your job or career? Will you have to serve time in jail? Do you need a lawyer?
A misdemeanor DUI charge is less serious than a felony offense, but it is still a crime that has severe consequences. A first-time offender of misdemeanor DUI in Orange County can face a fine of up to $1,500, a six-month license suspension, and jail time. But, individuals charged with a misdemeanor have more legal options available to them than those facing felony charges. Alternative sentencing options, for example, can help them avoid jail time.
There are a number of factors that will determine if your case will be handled as a felony or a misdemeanor. Your case may result in felony charges if you caused substantial property damage if:
- someone was injured
- if you were driving over 20 miles per hour over the speed limit
- there was a minor in the car
- if you are a repeat offender.
A skilled DUI defense attorney will examine the specifics of the case. In some cases, it is possible to have evidence dismissed and charges dropped. In other situations, it is advisable to negotiate for reduced penalties. If you have been arrested on suspicion of DUI in Orange County, please call the skilled criminal defense team at the Law Offices of David A. Stein at 949-445-0040. We will help you pursue the best possible outcome for your case.