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You can rely on Irvine DUI Attorney Richard Wagner's decades of experience to fight your DUI charges. Read Richard Wagner's profile

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 can face severe legal repercussions, including:

  • Hefty Fines, Fees, and Restitution
  • Jail time
  • The loss of your driver's license
  • Damage to your reputation
  • Effect on professional or business license 

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

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Therefore, it is important to seek legal assistance from Irvine DUI attorney Richard Wagner as soon as possible to help protect your future.

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Criminal Charges for a DUI in Irvine

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

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Some people were sitting in a parked car on the side of the road, and police came to check on them. Some have even been caught asleep behind the wheel and arrested for drunk driving.

You can be charged with the crime of driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) that is equal to or in excess of the legal limits. 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 a crime for Driving Under the Influence of alcohol, even if your BAC does not exceed the legal limits. Vehicle Code Sections 23152(a) and 23153(a). Read how you can get a DUI when your BAC is below .08%

It is also illegal to Drive Under the Influence of a drug.

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

Richard Wagner Handles All Stages of Your Irvine 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 Irvine 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 a DUI have these two battles to fight.

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The DMV gives you ten days after your DUI arrest to arrange the hearing with the DMV. 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. Read more about DMV Hearings

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 Irvine can help you decipher how the criminal case and DMV hearing work.

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Penalties for an Irvine DUI Conviction 

You can face severe criminal penalties if you are convicted of a DUI in Orange County courts. The penalties for a DUI also become harsher as you accumulate more DUI convictions.

DUI charges can also become aggravated if the incident has certain aggravating facts, such as

  • minors in the vehicle,
  • injuries to others,
  • speeding and reckless driving
  • high BAC,
  • refusing to take the blood or breath tests
  • hit & run or accident

You and your friends may have enjoyed a few drinks at the Yard House or Javier's at the Irvine Spectrum or Dave & Busters or The Irvine Improv. Maybe you saw your favorite band at FivePoint Amphitheatre or played a round at Oak Creek Golf Club, Strawberry Farms, or Shady Canyon and had a cocktail or two. 

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The Irvine Police Department mainly provides law enforcement in Irvine. Still, the University of California Police Department has jurisdiction—including the power to arrest you for DUI in Irvine – in areas of Irvine near the UC Irvine campus.

The California State University Police Department can also arrest you for a DUI in Irvine, near the CSU Fullerton Irvine campus. Irvine Valley College also has its own on-campus police department. If you are on the 5, 405, or 133  you can be arrested for DUI by the California Highway Patrol.

Click here for contact information for the Irvine Police Department

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To reach the Irvine Campus of the California State University Fullerton Police Department, call (657) 278-1626.

Irvine DUI Evidence

A seasoned Irvine DUI attorney can serve subpoenas to obtain and inspect the video footage and audio recordings, including radio dispatch tapes, of your DUI investigation that led to your DUI arrest.

A complete investigation entails an examination of all evidence to see if the police violated your constitutional rights or privileges. 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 about Improper Searches and Seizures

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

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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.

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

Subpoenas can be served on the Irvine Police Department, the University of California Police Department, the California State University Police Department, or the Orange County crime lab to get evidence about the blood testing procedures, lab protocols, to build defense strategies such as fermentation. Read More About Understanding DUI Blood Tests in California

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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, maintenance, and accuracy check records. Read More About Understanding DUI Breath Tests in California

It is highly recommended that you rely on a professional DUI lawyer for your Irvine 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 Irvine for DUI, call Irvine DUI Defense Attorney Richard Wagner at (714) 721-4423 for a free Irvine DUI Consultation and DUI Case Evaluation.

Orange County Office

7700 Irvine Center Drive
Suite 800, Irvine, Orange County, CA. 92618 Phone: (714) 403-6317
Secondary phone: (714) 721 4423


Orange County Superior Court, Harbor Justice Center, Newport Beach Facility, 4601 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach, California (657) 622-5400/(877) 872-2122.

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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.

Some of the world's most successful businesses call the City of Irvine home, such as Allergan Inc., Blizzard Entertainment, In-n-Out Burger, Masimo, and Kia Motors. Irvine is filled with entertainment destinations serving local businesses, residents, and visitors who fly in and out of John Wayne Airport.

Irvine is also home to numerous colleges and universities, such as the University of California, Irvine (UCI), Concordia University, Irvine Valley College, Western State College of Law, Standbridge University, and California Intercontinental University. Satellite campuses for California State University, Fullerton (CSUF), University of La Verne, Pepperdine University Graziadio Business School, and The Rinker Campus of Chapman University are also in Irvine.