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Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs can be hazardous, putting everyone on the road at risk. When someone is charged with a DUI, they can face severe legal repercussions, including:

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

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

Therefore, it is important to seek legal assistance from a Newport Beach DUI attorney as soon as possible.

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You may have gone out for a nice evening at Mastro's or Javier's or The Quiet Woman in nearby Corona Del Mar.

Or maybe you hit Mutt Lynch's for a schooner or The Cannery Malarky's for a few beers. Or, you had a spicy Bloody Mary at Cappy's.

Officers from the Newport Beach Police Department and CHP patrol the 73 Toll Road, the 55 (Costa Mesa Freeway), and the 405 (San Diego Freeway).

Police are on patrol in Newport and the surrounding areas, including Corona del Mar, Lido Isle, Balboa Island, and Newport Coast, searching for drunk drivers.

Areas around Newport Beach are known to have a number of DUI Checkpoints.

Having an experienced attorney for your Newport DUI ensures that your rights are protected and you get the best possible outcome for your DUI or other criminal charges.

Criminal Charges for a Newport Beach DUI  

Many drivers face DUI charges after being caught by police or involved in a crash. The Orange County DA will charge you with the crime of driving while having a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) equal to or greater than the legal limit.

In California, it is illegal 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 or for drivers 21 and over who are on DUI probation

Orange County District Attorneys can also use California Vehicle Code Sections 23152(a) and 23153(a) to charge you with the crime of Driving Under the Influence of alcohol, even if your BAC does not exceed the legal limits.

Read about How You Can Get A DUI When Your BAC Is Below .08%

What Happens If You Have A Drug or Marijuana DUI In Newport Beach? 

Due to changes in policy and the law, as well as attitudes toward marijuana, DUI marijuana cases are on the rise.

Increasingly, law enforcement is arresting, and prosecutors in Orange County are charging drivers with driving under the influence of a drug in violation of California Vehicle Code Section 23152(f). Read about DUI Drug Cases in California

It is illegal to use narcotics such as cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, and methamphetamine. However, many people don't realize that it is illegal to drive while under the influence of legally prescribed medications.

Medications like Soma, Clonazepam, Vicodin, Xanax, or Ambien can cause driving impairment. The fact that a defendant has a prescription is not a defense to a DUI drug charge.

Why Retain Experienced Newport Beach Representation?

Hiring the right DUI defense attorney provides you with peace of mind and increases the likelihood of a favorable outcome.

If you're arrested for DUI in Newport Beach, an experienced DUI attorney makes a difference. The right lawyer will subpoena evidence to identify defenses and mitigating circumstances.

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Most attorneys who do not regularly practice DUI defense don't know what to request or look for to properly defend a DUI.

Your DUI Attorney must get all evidence related to your DUI case and thoroughly review it to achieve the best possible outcome.


Typical evidence includes the Driving Under the Influence Report, as well as the Age 21 and Older Officer's Statement, DMV Form DS367, and traffic collision reports.

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

Your Newport Beach DUI lawyer can obtain the calibration, accuracy, and maintenance records on the AlcoSensor V-XL breath machine. Your lawyer can also subpoena operator training, checklists, and certifications regarding the accuracy of the readings from the breathalyzer.

Read more about DUI Breath Testing in California

For blood tests, there may be inappropriate gaps in the chain of custody of your blood vial. It can be useful to review the maintenance records on the machine used to analyze your blood.

Read more DUI Blood Tests in California

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Evidence to fight your DUI can be found in the footage from the video cameras in the Newport Beach Police Department patrol vehicles. These cameras capture Newport Beach DUI investigations and arrests. NBPD officers also wear Body-Worn Cameras during your DUI investigation.

Your Newport Beach DUI attorney can review the video footage and audio recordings to make sure the NBPD officer conducted the field sobriety tests in compliance with NHTSA requirements. 

The Newport Beach Police Department records your blood draw. If you are accused of refusing to take a breath or blood test, the Newport Police may record that, too.

If you were arrested for driving under the influence in Newport by the Newport Beach Police Department, contact Richard Wagner at (714) 721-4423 to start building your defense.


The Newport  Beach Police Department is located at 870 Santa Barbara Drive, Newport Beach, CA

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The Orange County Sheriff's Department, Harbor Patrol-Marine Operations Bureau (Harbor Patrol), manages the law enforcement services of Newport Harbor. The Harbor Patrol Headquarters is located at 1901 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar, California. 


If you were arrested in Newport or the surrounding areas for Driving Under the Influence, your DUI case will be heard in the Orange County Superior Court, Harbor Justice Center, Newport Beach Facility, 4601 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach, California (657) 622-5400/(877) 872-2122.

Your DMV hearing will be at the Orange Driver Safety Office, 790 The City Drive, #420, Orange, California, 92868, (714) 703-2511.


If you were arrested for DUI in Newport Beach, California, call Newport Beach DUI Lawyer Richard Wagner, Attorney at Law, at (714) 721-4423 to discuss strategy for your DUI. This will include an honest discussion about how to defend yourself against the severe sentences that the Orange County District Attorney's Office is known to give as a result of a DUI conviction in Newport Beach.

Located in south Orange County, California, Newport is famous for its beaches, The Wedge, Corona del Mar State Beach, Little Corona, 54th, 56th, and 36th Streets; its fun, The Balboa and Newport Piers, Balboa Fun Zone, Crystal Cove State Park, The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade; and shopping, at Newport Center and Fashion Island. 

Many businesses have their headquarters in Newport Beach, such as Chipotle Mexican Grill, the Irvine Company, and Fletcher Jones Motor Cars. Hoag Hospital, the Balboa Bay Club, and the Pelican Hill Golf Club also call Newport Beach home. The PGA Champions Tour holds its annual Hoag Classic Tournament at the Newport Beach Country Club.