DUI Defense

You’re out, maybe enjoying a long day in the sun at the beach with a cooler full of beer and a bunch of friends. The combination of the powerful sun and the alcohol has taken its toll, but you’re sure that you’re fine to drive. Perhaps you’re out enjoying a night on the town with family, dining, dancing and having a few cocktails. It’s time to pile in the car, and head home, and again, you’re pretty sure that you’re okay. Unfortunately, in both instances you are probably wrong. One of the effects that alcohol can have is that it encourages poor decision-making. A good rule to follow is that whenever in doubt of your sobriety, do not drive. The reality, however, remains that people do get behind the wheel when maybe they shouldn’t, and they do get charged.

The state of California lists DUI charges as among the most commonly filed criminal charges. In fact, Orange County can claim approximately 13,000 DUI arrests alone. With pressure on the state to crack down on the violators, some 90% of Orange County residents arrested for drunk driving will be convicted. This is a staggering statistic when considering the inherent unreliability of some of the tests used to determine impairment. Law Enforcement has many tricks up its sleeve when it comes to testing your sobriety or level of intoxication. What many fail to realize, is that you actually have a choice of whether or not to participate in those tests. Furthermore, even if you do co-operate, a number of the tests are biased against a significant portion of the population.

If you are facing a DUI charge, it is of the utmost importance to obtain the representation of a skilled attorney. Ricardo A. Nicol has spent 23 years as a prosecutor, before deciding to devote her time and ability to the community through her private practice, several years ago. The experience earned while working on the “other side”, has armed Attorney Ricardo Nicol with the gift of foresight to anticipate the direction that the prosecution may take, and the knowledge to deftly maneuver the proceedings of your case, remaining steps ahead and ultimately ensuring the best possible result for your specific circumstances.

A DUI is nothing about which to be cavalier. This type of charge can greatly impact the overall quality of your life, and may attach a stigma that may shadow you for a very long time. Emotionally, this can be exhausting, and that is excluding the inevitable financial burden. The costs for a drunk driving charge can rapidly accumulate, with reasons such as:

  • Court costs/fines
  • DMV costs
  • Classes
  • Insurance hikes
  • Probation
  • Reinstatement fees
  • Counseling
  • Monitoring systems (ignition interlock device)
  • Bond
  • Towing costs
  • Vehicle impound
  • Cost of supervision
  • Loss of work

If you’ve been charged with a DUI in Orange County, contact the Law Office of Ricardo A. Nicol. When you entrust your case to us, you are ensured of superior, aggressive representation from an attorney that attained wisdom through experience. You deserve to feel the confidence of being in capable hands during a trying time. “Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to the error that counts”.* Call Ricardo A. Nicol today to have your case evaluated, and get your questions answered.

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At the Law Offices of Ricardo A. Nicol, we represent clients throughout Southern California in Tustin, Santa Ana, Orange, San Diego, San Fernando, Hollywood, Whittier, Torrance, Fontana, Upland, Orange County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, Los Angeles County and San Diego County.
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