Southern California DUI Attorney

Facing DUI charges in Norwalk, Bellflower, Long Beach, or Cypress?

Seeing those flashing red and blue lights in your rearview mirror is one the most nerve-wracking experiences a driver can go through, especially when he or she has done nothing wrong. Police officers are tasked with helping keep drunk drivers off the road, but mistakes can be made that result in a wrongful arrest for driving under the influence (DUI). If you have been charged with DUI, a criminal defense attorney from Gibbons & Gibbons can provide the defense you need. Contact us now to get started!

We serve clients in North Orange County, Downey, and Bellflower Courts, including clients from cities such as Norwalk, Buena Park, Bellflower, Cerritos, Cypress, Long Beach, La Palma, Fullerton, and Anaheim.

When can an officer pull you over for DUI?

Before an officer can pull you over under suspicion of drunk driving, the officer must have witnessed signs of intoxication or must have been tipped off by a witness.

Signs of drunk driving can include any of the following:

  • Tailgating
  • Swerving
  • Turning abruptly or illegally
  • Drifting in and out of traffic lanes
  • Erratic braking
  • Slow response to traffic signals

Random DUI stops are unlawful and can be grounds for a defense. Additionally, an officer must have solid evidence of intoxication before making an arrest such as failed field sobriety tests or a blood alcohol content (BAC) reading of 0.08% or higher.

Field sobriety tests and BAC tests can both yield inaccurate results for various reasons. If you are nervous or tired, or if you have a medical condition that affects your balance or motor skills, you could fail a field sobriety test even when you are sober. Breathalyzer and lab tests could result in a false BAC reading if the machine was not properly calibrated or if the blood sample was contaminated. Our firm can thoroughly investigate your DUI stop, DUI investigation, and blood test results to build a strong defense.

DUI Penalties in California

While a first-time DUI can land you in jail for a few days and result in a fine of up to $1,000, a fourth or subsequent DUI is a felony that could land you in prison. A conviction for DUI also can result in a suspended driver's license for a year or more and an ignition interlock device may be installed in your vehicle to prevent you from driving under the influence again.

Consult a Southern California DUI Lawyer - (562) 275-7101

Gibbons & Gibbons has represented countless clients facing all kinds of criminal charges. From misdemeanors to felonies, we can fight your charges and protect your driving privileges. Contact us today to request your free initial consultation and discuss your options with a lawyer from our firm!

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