YEARS OF EXPERIENCES (now retired)
– L.A. Deputy D.A.
– Attorney General’s Special Prosecutor
– Rated “A-V” by Martindale-Hubbell (Very High to Preeminent)
– Author of “Drunk Driving Defense” — now in its 8th edition after 40 years as the national best-selling textbook on the subject
YEARS OF EXPERIENCES
– Rising Stars list for 4 consecutive years (2016-2019) for Thompson Reuters Publishing for CA Superlawyers magazine
– Named Superlawyer for 4 consecutive years(2019-2023)
(1 of 6 attorneys in Southern California are named as a Superlawyer for Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
– Named “Top OC DUI Attorney” by Orange County Metro Magazine
– Admitted to the “Lawyers of Distinction” for recognition of excellence in Criminal Defense Law for 7 consecutive years (2016-2023)
– 10.0 Superb Avvo Rating
– People Love Chris on Yelp Irvine
With an average of 32 years of experience, a top A-V rating, and a listing in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, the firm continues to be widely recognized as California’s premier DUI defense attorneys and has twice been recognized in the American Bar Association Journal for its specialization and unique technical support staff of former law enforcement, blood-alcohol and DMV experts.
We Thoroughly Understand the Complexities of a DUI Defense in
Our decades of experience in defending clients in DUI Arrests and Loss of Driving Privileges means that we thoroughly understand the stresses and considerations of the people who come to us for help. Driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) is the most common offense in the United States.
As your award-winning DUI attorneys, we approach our clients with kindness and understanding and fiercely advocate for their best outcome.
The majority of people charged with a DUI have little knowledge of the legal system because they have never been in trouble with the law before. Noncriminal, respectable citizens are suddenly faced with charges that are more complicated than they realize, and attorneys who haven’t specialized in DUI cases realize.
Representation of DUI defendants is sometimes attempted by attorneys not versed in drunk driving defense. Typically, the defendant’s business or family lawyer will undertake to represent him “as a favor”. This is not beneficial for the person charged with a DUI. Drunk driving defense is way more than fighting a glorified traffic offense—and demands expertise beyond the defense of even the most violent crimes.
Anyone seeking a DUI defense attorney should consider these factors:
As knowledgeable and experienced California DUI defense attorneys , we are aware of these factors, so they can properly defend clients.
Although a DUI is common, it represents one of the most difficult criminal offenses to understand and litigate.
Let’s analyze the primary issues in a DUI case:
These issues can continue seemingly without end.
Make no mistake: DUI is one of the most complex of all criminal charges, and defending a client on such a charge without extensive preparation constitutes nothing short of malpractice.
Another misconception commonly held by both clients and inexperienced DUI attorneys is that the penalties for drunk driving are only minor. After all, isn’t DUI only one step removed from a traffic citation? Again, this is false.
What does the person who was arrested for CA DUI face?
Depending on the jurisdiction, of course, a first time CA DUI offender may be:
Hire an Expert DUI Lawyer
It is imperative you choose an experienced and qualified DUI Defense lawyer to get the best possible outcome for your case. The Law Offices of Taylor & Taylor handles DUI defense cases exclusively in this complicated field and has been doing so for decades.
Changes in DUI legislation creating harsher penalties, and more complicated procedures, and evidence have created a number of challenges.
DUI —Things to Consider
Questioning by an Officer
Tests to Detect Intoxication
Driver’s License Suspensions and Hearings
Criminal Charges and Consequences
Police Evidence in Drunk Driving Charges
Driving Symptoms: May include weaving in-and-out of lanes and reckless driving. Make sure to visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for a list of indicators.
Appearance and Behavior: Personal behavior and appearance play a major role in this category. Alcohol on the breath, thick and/or slurred speech, flushed face, etc.
Field Sobriety Tests: Alphabet recitation, the horizontal gaze nystagmus (following an object such as a pen or finger from side-to-side with your eyes), fingers-to-thumb, hand pat, etc. Federal studies have shown that only three tests are effective in detecting intoxication: walk-and-turn, one-leg-stand, and nystagmus. Other tests have been disapproved and deemed unreliable. As a result, three standardized field sobriety tests have been recommended and are being adopted by police agencies across the country. In California, however, police officers continue to administer tests of their choosing. Contrary to popular belief, the tests are not required; you may refuse to take them with no legal consequences.
Incriminating Statements: Miranda warnings do not need to be given until after the arrest has been made. The officer is free to ask incriminating questions, prior to arrest, during their initial investigation.
Blood Alcohol Test: The test involves a choice of either breath or blood. Note: The Preliminary Alcohol Screening (PAS) units, also called Evidential Portable Alcohol Systems (EPAS), are often given as part of the field sobriety tests, but not legally required (unless you are under 21 years of age) until after an arrest.
Our nationally recognized firm of highly experienced lawyers in Orange County is pleased to serve you at our Huntington Beach, Irvine, Riverside, Rancho Cucamonga, and Long Beach offices. Founded in 1979, The Law Offices of Taylor & Taylor is proud to be the first law firm in California to specialize in defending clients charged with DUIs and DUI-related driver’s license suspensions. Our attorneys have been instrumental in shaping DUI legal defenses around the nation, and the national DUI textbook written by its founder, Lawrence Taylor, has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in the landmark DUI case of Missouri vs. McNeely.
The DUI lawyers at our firm average 32 years of experience and are guided by the nationally-renowned “Dean of DUI Attorneys.” Our exceptionally rated team of attorneys and experts include 2 former prosecutors, 2 former law enforcement officers (including a former Orange County homicide detective), a former head of a major crime lab blood-alcohol unit, and a former California DMV license suspension hearing officer.