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Orange DUI Lawyer


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You can rely on Orange 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 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 Orange 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 Orange DUI attorney Richard Wagner as soon as possible to help protect your future.

I can't thank Richard enough for his help with my son's case, Richard was available for questions all the time, he was patient, communicated what we needed to know and is very professional.  Richard is kind and made sure we understood the process from beginning to end. I highly recommend Richard to anyone who needs great representation and good results. A.A., from Orange, CA Read what others have to say

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Having an experienced attorney for your DUI in Orange will ensure that your rights are protected when facing DUI or other criminal charges. Call Richard Wagner (714) 721-4423 today to confidentially discuss your unique situation and begin building your defense.

Criminal Charges for a DUI in Orange, California

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 were arrested after being pulled over on the side of the road, and police said they were doing a "welfare check" on them. Some have even been caught sleeping 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 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. Vehicle Code Sections 23152(a) and 23153(a).

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 Orange, call (714) 721-4423.

Richard Wagner Handles Your Orange 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 Orange 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 Orange can help you decipher how the criminal case and DMV hearing work.

Orange DUI Lawyer Me (714) 721-4423.

Penalties for a DUI Conviction in Orange

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.

Orange is a city in northern Orange County, California. It is surrounded by Anaheim, Villa Park, Tustin, Santa Ana, Anaheim Hills and Yorba Linda.

The CHP patrols the 5 (Santa Ana Freeway) the 57 (Orange Freeway) and the 22 (Garden Grove Freeway) known as the “Orange Crush” looking for impaired drivers. The 55 (Costa Mesa Freeway) and the 261 and 241 Toll Roads also run through or near Orange.

The Orange Police Department, located at 1107 N. Batavia Street, Orange, California, is on patrol for drunk drivers who have gone to the pubs, bars, and breweries in Old Towne in The Circle, like the District Lounge, O'Hara's Pub, The Streamliner Lounge, or throughout Orange.

The Orange International Street Fair occurs every Labor Day weekend.

How A DUI Lawyer Can Help

A seasoned Orange DUI attorney can serve subpoenas on the Orange Police 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 OPD violated your Constitutional rights. 

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 and repair 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 Orange 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. 

Driving Under the Influence Programs in Orange

SCHOOL TEN, INC. | 1111 Town & Country, Suite 25, Orange, CA, | 714-550-0988 (across from Main Place Mall) 


If you were arrested in Orange for Driving Under the Influence, your case will be in the Orange County Superior Court, Central Justice Center located at 700 Civic Center Drive West, Santa Ana, California.

Your DMV Hearing will be in the Driver Safety Branch, located at 790 The City Drive, Suite 420, Orange, California, (714) 703-2511.


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

The two biggest employers are UCI Medical Center and Children's Hospital of Orange County.

There are two institutions of higher learning in Orange: Chapman University, which has The Fowler School of Law, and Santiago Canyon College.