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Laguna Beach DUI Attorney

Laguna Beach DUI lawyer Richard Wagner has experience fighting for his clients facing DUI charges. Having an experienced attorney for your DUI in Laguna Beach will make sure that you achieve the best possible outcome when facing DUI or other criminal charges. Read Richard Wagner's profile

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You may have spent the day or evening at Hennessey's, the Skyloft, The Sandpiper, Splashes, The Seahorse, or The Marine Room.

Officers from the Laguna Beach Police Department patrol PCH, Laguna Canyon Road (Highway 133), Forest Avenue, South Coast Highway near St. Ann's Drive and Broadway.

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They are looking for drivers impaired by alcohol and drugs.

The LBPD is located at 505 Forest Avenue, Laguna Beach.

Drivers who get a DUI in Laguna Beach may not be aware of the potentially drastic consequences and ramifications of a DUI arrest. Therefore, it is important to seek legal assistance from a Laguna Beach DUI attorney as soon as possible to help protect your future.

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 and Restitution
  • Jail time
  • The loss of your driver's license
  • Damage to your reputation

Contact Richard Wagner today to confidentially discuss your unique situation and begin building your defense. 

Criminal Charges for a DUI in Laguna Beach

Many drivers face DUI charges after being pulled over or involved in a motor vehicle accident. 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.

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

  • .08% if you are 21 and over in a non-commercial vehicle
  • .04% if you are 21 and over and driving a commercial vehicle or "passenger for hire" vehicles
  • .05% if under 21
  • .01% if under 21 
  • .01% if 21 and over and on DUI Probation 

Read more about BAC

However, 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 more about California DUI Charges

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

DUIs in Laguna Beach and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)

You will likely 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. Read more about DMV Hearings

The DMV gives you ten days after your DUI arrest to arrange the hearing with the DMV. Drivers who fail to arrange for this hearing in a timely and proper manner will have their driving privileges automatically suspended or revoked.

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

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Penalties for a DUI Conviction in Laguna Beach

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 become aggravated if your arrest has certain aggravating facts, such as:

  • minors in the vehicle
  • injuries to others,
  • speeding and driving recklessly,
  • high BAC,
  • refusing to take a breathalyzer or blood test,
  • hit-and-run or accident.

Given the gravity of the situation, it is absolutely essential that you contact Laguna Beach DUI lawyer Richard Wagner without delay.

How A DUI Lawyer Can Help

A DUI attorney could potentially make the case that the police officer had no legitimate or legal justification for the traffic stop or didn't adhere to necessary protocols when conducting sobriety evaluations or setting up a Laguna Beach DUI checkpoint. Richard Wagner might be able to get your charges dismissed or reduced to a less severe charge.

Laguna Beach DUI Evidence Review

A knowledgeable Laguna Beach DUI attorney can serve subpoenas on the Laguna Beach Police Department to get and inspect the body worn camera and in-car video system footage from the officers who participated in your DUI investigation.

Radio dispatch tapes and copies of the 911 or emergency calls can be helpful if that led to your DUI arrest. To build your defense, a complete investigation includes an examination to see if the LBPD violated your Constitutional rights.

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

Your DUI Defense Attorney should get all the evidence related to your case, including a thorough review of the Laguna Beach Police Department Driving Under the Influence Report, the Incident/Investigation Report and the LBPD DUI form, 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 Laguna Beach Police Department or Orange County Crime Lab. These subpoenas are to discover evidence about the blood testing procedures and the breath test. Records should include whether the officer has been properly trained on how to use the AlcoSensor V-XL breath machine.

Your lawyer can also find out whether the breathalyzer was working properly at the time of the test and examine calibration check and accuracy check records.

You should rely on a professional DUI lawyer for your Laguna Beach 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 Laguna Beach for Driving Under the Influence, your case will be heard in the Orange County Superior Court, Harbor Justice Center, located at 4601 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach, California.

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


If you were arrested for DUI in Laguna Beach, call Richard Wagner, a knowledgeable and experienced DUI Defense Lawyer for drunk driving arrests in Laguna Beach (714) 721-4423 to discuss your defense strategy confidentially.

Laguna Beach is a city in Southern Orange County, California, sitting alongside the Pacific Ocean. Laguna Beach is surrounded by Crystal Cove State Park, Laguna Woods, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Niguel, Dana Point, and the unincorporated community of Emerald Bay.

Laguna is known for the Pageant of the Masters, the Festival of Arts, and the Sawdust Art Festival. Laguna Beach is also a well-known surf spot and a great place to play volleyball and go mountain biking.

The Laguna College of Art & Design (LCAD) is a small private college located in Laguna Canyon.