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Aliso Viejo DUI lawyer Richard Wagner has decades of experience fighting for his clients facing DUI charges. Contact him today to confidentially discuss your unique situation and begin building your defense. Read Richard Wagner's profile 

"Richard is very professional, very communicative, and very knowledgeable when it comes to the court systems. I wouldn't trust anyone else in times like these! Thank you very much, Richard." A.R. Aliso Viejo, Read what others have to say

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Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can be hazardous, putting everyone on the road at risk. When the Orange County DA charges you with a DUI, you face serious legal ramifications, including:

  • Hefty Fines, Fees, and Restitution
  • Jail time
  • The loss of your driver's license
  • Damage to your reputation
  • Professional license consequences

Drivers who get a DUI in ­­­­­Aliso Viejo may not be aware of the potentially drastic consequences and repercussions of a DUI arrest.

Therefore, it is important to seek legal assistance from skilled and knowledgeable ­­­Aliso Viejo DUI attorney Richard Wagner as soon as possible to help protect your future.

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Criminal Charges for a DUI in ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Aliso Viejo

Many drivers face DUI charges after being arrested because the police pulled them over or they were involved in an accident.

Some were arrested after being pulled over on the side of the road, and police came to check on them. Some have even been caught sleeping behind the wheel and arrested for drunk driving. 

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You can be charged with the crime of driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) that is equal to or more than the legal limit. Read More About BAC

In California, you are not allowed to drive with a BAC at or above:

  • 08% for drivers 21 and over in a non-commercial vehicle
  • 04% for drivers 21 and over while driving a commercial vehicle and “passenger for hire” vehicles
  • 05% for drivers under 21
  • 01% for drivers under 21 and for drivers 21 and over on DUI probation

California also has Vehicle Code sections that prosecutors use to charge you with driving under the influence of alcohol, even when the test results show your BAC was not over the legal limit.

Read How Can I Get A DUI When I Was Under .08%

It is also illegal to Drive Under the Influence of a drug. Read about DUI Drug Cases

For a free legal consultation with a DUI lawyer serving Aliso Viejo, call (714) 721-4423.

Richard Wagner Handles Your Aliso Viejo DUI:

  • Arraignment
  • Bail hearings
  • DMV license suspension hearing
  • Expungement and Sealing Arrest Records
  • Jury trials
  • Pretrial conferences
  • Probation violation hearings
  • Mandatory settlement conferences
  • Restitution hearings
  • Trial readiness conferences
  • Warrant recall hearings

DUI Attorney Richard Wagner does not take your money and hand your case off to another anonymous attorney with less experience. He handles your case from start to finish. 

DUIs in Aliso Viejo and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)

You will have to defend a criminal case if you are arrested and charged with a DUI. You will also have to face an administrative hearing before the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). All drivers accused of DUI have these two battles to fight. Read More About the DMV Admin Per Se Hearing

The DMV gives you ten days after your DUI arrest to arrange the DMV hearing. The DMV automatically suspends or revokes your license if you fail to arrange for this hearing in a timely and proper manner. It is not recommended that you try to do this on your own. 

The DMV has the power to suspend or revoke your license, even if the DUI charges against you are reduced or dismissed. A professional DUI defense lawyer in Aliso Viejo can help you decipher how the criminal case and DMV hearing work.

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Penalties for an Aliso Viejo DUI Conviction 

You can face severe criminal penalties if you are convicted of DUI in Orange County courts. The penalties for a drunk driving offense also become harsher if you get more than one DUI conviction.

DUI charges can also become more serious if the incident has aggravating facts, such as

  • minors in the vehicle
  • injuries to others
  • excessive speed and reckless driving
  • high BAC
  • refusing to take blood or breath test
  • hit-and-run or accident.

Aliso Viejo is a city in southern Orange County, California, and is surrounded by Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, and Laguna Woods.

Companies located in Aliso Viejo include Marie Callender's and Ketel One, a vodka company.

The Aliso Viejo Country Club is a private country club for golfers.

The Orange County Sheriff's Department is on the lookout for drunk drivers who have gone to the local restaurants and drinking establishments. The Aliso Viejo Sheriff's Station is located at 12 Journey, Suite 100, Aliso Viejo, California, (949) 425-2564. 

The California Highway Patrol, Capistrano Area Office, also patrols Aliso Viejo. CHP Capo is located at 32951 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675, (949) 670-7030.


A seasoned Aliso Viejo DUI attorney can serve subpoenas on the Orange County Sheriff or CHP to get and inspect the video footage and audio recordings of your DUI investigation, including radio dispatch tapes or 911 and emergency calls that led to your DUI arrest.

A complete investigation includes an examination of all evidence to see if the CHP or OCSD violated your Constitutional rights. 

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Lawyers can file suppression motions in court to get your DUI dismissed based on a violation of your 4th Amendment right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. Read more about improper searches

Your DUI Lawyer should review all statements from witnesses and physical evidence obtained in your DUI investigation, such as blood or breath samples.

Your DUI Defense Attorney should get all the evidence related to your case, including a thorough review of the Driving Under the Influence Report, as well as the Age 21 and Older Officer's Statement, DMV form DS367.

California DUI law says your DUI Lawyer is entitled to get from the prosecution all relevant evidence seized or obtained as a part of the investigation. PC 1054. This includes all the evidence that points to your innocence. Brady v. Maryland (1963) 373 US 83.

Subpoenas can be served on the Orange County Crime Lab in Santa Ana to get evidence about the blood testing procedures, lab protocols, chain of custody, and storage of blood samples to build a fermentation defense strategy.

Read about Understanding DUI Blood Tests

To get evidence about the breath test, operator training records can be demanded to verify if the officer has been properly trained on how to administer the AlcoSensor V-XL breath machine. Other documentation includes:

  • calibration logs,
  • maintenance logs,
  • accuracy check records
  • subject test record log

Read about Understanding DUI Breath Tests

It is highly recommended that you rely on an experienced DUI lawyer for your Aliso Viejo DUI to assess your legal options and strategy. The goal is to build a strong defense while helping you handle your court case and DMV hearing. 


If you were arrested in Aliso Viejo for DUI, call Aliso Viejo DUI Defense Attorney Richard Wagner at (714) 721-4423 for a free DUI Consultation and DUI Case Evaluation.


Orange County Superior Court, Harbor Justice Center, 4601 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach, California, 657-622-5400.

The DMV for your license suspension hearing is the Driver Safety Branch, located at 790 The City Drive, Suite 420, Orange, California, (714) 703-2511.