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What should I do after a DUI arrest?

Law Office of Wais Azami, OC DUI (VC23152a & VC23152b) Attorney

Wais Azami is an Orange County DUI attorney who routinely defends both misdemeanor DUI charges and felony DUI charges from Garden Grove, California. Mr. Azami’s understanding and compassionate nature ensure that all evidence (discovery) is viewed with a critical eye to make sure we can maximize your defense for the charge of DUI in California or driving while intoxicated by alcohol or drugs. Our office in Garden Grove is ready to assist you in LA County, Orange County, and the Riverside County against your DUI arrest charges. DUI charges are usually a misdemeanor, but they can have devastating consequences for your employment, school, or immigration situations.  Do not take a chance–hire an experienced DUI lawyer in Orange County to handle your matter.  

Garden Grove DUI Lawyer–Call now (714) 321-9999! We are available 24/7 via text, email, or phone!

DUI Charges in Orange County & SoCal

Misdemeanor DUI

California Misdemeanor DUI can be charged in different ways via Vehicle Code 23152:

VC 23152(a) It is unlawful for a person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage to drive a vehicle

VC 23152(b) It is unlawful for a person who has 0.08 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood to drive a vehicle

23152(e) It is unlawful for a person who is under the influence of any drug to drive a vehicle

23152(f) It is unlawful for a person who is under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug to drive a vehicle

In most instances, both VC 23152(a) and (b) will be charged. Even though there is only one act, the law states that a defendant charged with drunk driving can be convicted of both offenses — but can only be punished for one. The punishments are the same.

You should be cognizant of certain legal rights you have — rights that are commonly ignored by the police

Can I refuse the PAS test or Field Sobriety Test? YES!

Finding a top Orange County DUI attorney can help you navigate through this ordeal.  We have offices in Garden Grove and Seal Beach to serve Anaheim, all of OC, and Long Beach. 

Felony DUI

What makes a DUI charge become a felony?

Most DUI’s in Orange County, California are charged as misdemeanors. However, you can be charged with a Felony DUI under these circumstances

Such charges are serious and require lengthy jail or prison sentences.  As a DUI attorney with offices in Garden Grove and Seal Beach, we can help to lessen the seriousness of the charge.

DUI and Immigrants

Will a DUI cause me to be deported?

While a misdemeanor DUI generally would not cause deportation or removal, being deemed a habitual drunkard can be a cause for such immigration actions. Multiple DUIs can establish one as a drunkard. As a DUI attorney in Orange County working from Garden Grove, we can provide a fast and free consultation.

Further, those with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status cannot ever have a DUI arrest or conviction. DACA is extremely strict. If you are a DACA recipient, it is imperative to get an attorney for your DUI charge.

DUI Defenses

What are the defenses for a DUI in California?

Legal defenses to California driving while intoxicated (“DUI”) charges fall into three categories

  1. You were not intoxicated.
  2. Your driving ability was not impaired.
  3. The officer who arrested you for DUI did not follow proper procedures (two of the biggest procedures are taking too long to conduct DUI testing and not using properly calibrated equipment for breath tests or using proper cleaning supplies for blood draws). A DUI attorney can assist in determining your best defense(s). 

DUI Penalties in California

What is the penalty for a DUI?

1st Offense Misdemeanor DUI: Up to 6 months in jail, $390-1000+ in fines.  Possible restitutions. 6 months of Ignition Lock Device (the IID is usually not mandatory for a first-time DUI, but with no IID the DMV would suspend the person’s license for 4 months; after 30 days, the defendant could get a restricted license allowing him/her to drive to and from work for 5 months). DUI School 3, 6, or 9 months, depending on Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) levels. Possible Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) classes (Riverside County for sure).

For Second, Third, or Fourth DUIs or Felony DUI, please call our office at (714) 321-9999.

Hiring an experienced DUI attorney for DUI arrests in Orange County would make the most sense–I see the same judges and DA’s routinely. I know their style and temperament. A local DUI attorney would be a much better asset than someone not from the area.  Do not let an initial mistake become worse. Call me for a DUI consultation today. You will be glad you did.



In California


Fines/Fees Amount

DUI Classes


(Ignition Interlock Device)

1st DUI – Misdemeanor

Up to 6 months of jail time at county

Up to $2000

3-9 months

6 months—not always made mandatory for first DUI. DMV forced 4-month restriction can be circumvented with installing IID. Otherwise, a restricted license can be obtained after 30 days.

2nd DUI – Misdemeanor

4 days-1year in jail

Up to $2000

18-30 months

1 year of IID. If not IID, two years of license suspension with restricted license only for the second year.

3rd DUI – Misdemeanor

5 days-1 year in jail

Up to $2000

30 months

2 years of IID. If not IID, license suspension with be 3 years.

1st DUI with Injury

(to self)


5 days-1 year in jail

 Up to $5000

3, 18 or 30 months

6 months of IID. If not, 1 year of license suspension.

1st DUI with Injury

(to others)


16 months to 16 years

Up to $5000

& Restitution

18-30 months

1 year IID

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