Drunk Driving / DUI

Santa Ana DUI Lawyer: Defending You Against Drunk Driving Charges

If you have been charged with driving under the influence (DUI) in Orange County, CA, act fast and contact a Santa Ana DUI lawyer. 

The charges you face can be serious. California Vehicle Code section 23152(a) makes it illegal to operate a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs or their combination, while section 23152(b) prohibits driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher.

A DUI conviction can have severe consequences, including jail time, hefty fines, and a permanent criminal record. As a seasoned Santa Ana DUI lawyer, Sal Ciulla offers qualified defense.


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Penalties for DUI Offenses

DUI convictions can remain on your record for years, affecting your employment prospects, credit, and reputation. The penalties you face depend on various factors, including the number of prior DUI convictions you have received and the severity of the offense. For example, a first-time DUI offender with a low BAC may face up to six months in jail, a fine of up to $1,000, and a driver’s license suspension for up to six months. However, a repeat DUI offender with a high BAC and a prior felony conviction may face up to three years in prison, a fine of up to $18,000, and a four-year driver’s license revocation.

Why You Need an Experienced Drunk Driving Attorney

To protect your rights and achieve the best possible outcome, you need an experienced Santa Ana DUI lawyer who knows how to navigate California’s complex legal system. Attorney Sal Ciulla has over 35 years of experience handling DUI cases. He has gained a unique perspective after serving as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney. He has defended hundreds of clients charged with DUI offenses and can help you fight your charges, reduce your penalties, or get your case dismissed.

DMV Hearings for DUI Offenses

After a DUI arrest, you face two separate cases: a criminal case in court and an administrative per se (APS) hearing at the DMV. The DMV hearing determines whether your driver’s license should be suspended, while the criminal case addresses the charges against you. It is crucial to request a DMV hearing within ten days of your arrest; otherwise, you risk losing your driving privileges automatically. Your Santa Ana DUI lawyer can represent you at both the DMV hearing and the criminal trial, presenting evidence and arguing on your behalf.

Your Santa Ana DUI Lawyer

If you are facing DUI charges in Orange County, CA, don’t take chances with your future. Contact an experienced Santa Ana DUI lawyer who can provide you with aggressive representation and effective legal strategies. Sal Ciulla has the knowledge and skill to defend you against DUI charges and help you get the best possible outcome. To schedule a free consultation, contact us today.

Recent victory

People v. Timothy H.  Freeway accident where defendant’s vehicle flipped upside down.  Five passengers in vehicle.  All pulled out by good Samaritan.  Police arrive on scene.  Defendant admitted to driving and drinking.  Arrested for DUI.  Trial verdict: Not guilty.

People v. Sylvia S.  Defendant drives a block from bar and realizes she’s had too much to drink. She pulls over and has friend get behind the wheel.  Officer sees this and arrests defendant for DUI.  Blood alcohol level .16.  After presenting the “wouldn’t you want your daughter to do the same thing?” defense, case dismissed.

People v. Meaghan G.   Officer sees defendant driving away from the scene of a fight.  Vehicle has broken tail light.  Officer stops defendant, who is under 21 years of age.  Blood alcohol level .08.  Prosecutor files under 21 years of age DUI infraction and defendant allowed to attend a drug and alcohol awareness program.  Case dismissed.

Sal Ciulla has over 35 years experience in handling Orange County DUI and Drunk Driving cases. Contact him today at 714.542.0500


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