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Seal Beach California

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 legal ramifications, including:

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

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

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

“Richard, I would like to thank you for taking my case and for responding to my calls promptly. I am very pleased with the outcome of my case and I will recommend you to others without hesitation."  P.W. Read what other have to say

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Criminal Charges for a DUI in Seal Beach

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

Some people were sitting in their car and police came to check on them. Some have fallen asleep behind the wheel and arrested for drunk driving. 

You can be arrested and charged with the crime of driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) that is equal to or more than 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 is not higher than the legal limits. Vehicle Code Sections 23152(a) and 23153(a).

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

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

Richard Wagner Handles Your Seal Beach 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 an anonymous attorney with less experience. He handles your case from start to finish. 

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

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

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.

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

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Penalties for a Seal Beach 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
  • excessive speed and reckless driving
  • high BAC
  • refusing to take blood or breath test
  • hit-and-run or accident.

Seal Beach is in Orange County, California. Seal Beach is near the border of Los Angeles County very close to Long Beach. Seal Beach is surrounded by Huntington Harbour, Huntington Beach, and Sunset Beach. Westminster, West Garden Grove, Rossmoor and Los Alamitos are also nearby. 

The Seal Beach Police Department is located at 911 Seal Beach Boulevard, Seal Beach, CA 90740. Phone: (562) 799-4100, Non-Emergency Dispatch: (562) 594-7232. 

The Seal Beach jail has a pay-for-stay program for low level offenders to avoid county jail. 

You and your friends may have enjoyed a Guinness at O'Malley's or a Bloody Mary at Hennessey's. You may have had a little wine or a few cocktails at Walt's Wharf. Your license plate light was out, and you didn't know it. 

The Seal Beach Police Department is on patrol. They are looking for impaired drivers on Main Street, Seal Beach Boulevard, and PCH. 

The CHP or Orange County Sheriff may also have arrested you. 

Seal Beach DUI Evidence

A seasoned Seal Beach DUI attorney can serve subpoenas on the Seal Beach PD to get and inspect body-worn and dash cam footage and audio recordings, including radio dispatch tapes, of your DUI investigation that led to your DUI arrest.

A complete investigation includes an examination of all evidence to see if the Seal Beach Police or other police departments violated your constitutional rights or privileges.

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

Your DUI Lawyer should review all statements from all 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 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 Orange County crime lab to get evidence about the blood testing procedures, lab protocols, 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 Seal Beach Police officer has been properly trained on how to administer the AlcoSensor V-XL breath machine. Other documentation includes:

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


Orange County Superior Court, West Justice Center, Stephen K. Tamura Justice Center, 8141 13th Street, Westminster, California (657) 622-5900.

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.