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La Palma DUI Information

La Palma DUI InformationLa Palma DUI Information

If you were arrested for DUI in the City of La Palma, your arrest could have been from the La Palma Police Department, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Santa Fe Springs Station, or from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.  This page contains La Palma DUI Information that you may find helpful regarding your pending matter, including court information and DUI driver’s license information.

La Palma DUI Information – DUI Statistics

La Palma has a population of 15,928.  For the last year data is available (2014), there were a total of 59 DUI arrests, making the rate of DUI per capital for La Palma the 74th highest in California, out of 87 cities, for DUI arrests.

La Palma  DUI Arrests 59 0.62 54/102

La Palma DUI Information – Police Agencies

La Palma Police Department
7792 Walker Street
La Palma, CA  90623
Ph: (714) 690-3370 Fax: (714) 523-2141

La Palma Police also has a Facebook page for their police department.

10051 Orr and Day Road
Santa Fe Springs , CA 90670

Phone: (562) 868-0503

Orange County Sheriff’s Department
320 N. Flower Street, Suite 108,
Santa Ana, CA 92703
Phone: (714) 834-6670

La Palma DUI Information – DUI Arrest Information

Arrest and other calls for service in La Palma are not available as a crime blotter, as they are in other cities.

People booked and held in Orange County jail are listed in the OCSD Who’s in Jail website.

La Palma DUI Information – The Prosecution

DUI cases from La Palma are handled by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office inside the North Justice Center.

North Justice Center DA’s Office
1275 North Berkeley Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92832

La Palma DUI Information – the Courthouse

DUI cases from La Palma are heard at the North Justice Center branch of the Orange County Superior Court.

North Justice Center
1275 North Berkeley Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92832

Phone: (657) 622-5600

The DMV City of Orange Office of Driver Safety:

All DUI arrests anywhere in Orange County have the DMV hearings from a DUI heard at:
City of Orange Office of Driver Safety
790 The City Drive South, Suite #420
Orange, CA 92868

Your Driver’s License and the DMV:

THE DMV REQUIRES THAT YOU ACT WITHIN ONLY TEN DAYS (not business days)from the date of your arrest to protect your driving privileges. It is best, if you are going to retain an attorney, to allow the attorney’s office to schedule the DMV hearing for you. Our fee includes this service, and we can schedule a hearing that works with our availability (court and DMV) schedule. For your convenience, if you cannot retain an attorney within 10 days, the phone numbers for all Orange County DMV hearings from a DUI is reproduced here:  (714) 703-2511

When you call, advise them that you are retaining an attorney, that you request a stay on your driver’s license suspension, and that you will be sending a written request for discovery. They will ask if you request an “in person” or “telephonic” hearing, and we recommend that you set it for an in person. By making this request you ensure that that your driving privilege will not be suspended until your case is heard.

At the DMV hearing, a hearing officer will conduct the hearing. His or her function is to prosecute the case and make a final decision based on the evidence presented. Your need to drive or your need for a driver’s license for work are not considered relevant and cannot be considered at the hearing. Likewise, you cannot apply for a “hardship” license based upon medical, employment, or education right to drive, unless you are under age 21.

At your hearing, only the following issues will be discussed, by law:
(If you took a blood, or breath test)

  1. Did the officer have reasonable cause to believe you were driving a motor vehicle in violation of Vehicle Code 23140, 23152 or 23153?
  2. Were you placed under lawful arrest?
  3. Were you driving a motor vehicle when you had a 0.08% or more by weight of alcohol in your blood or 0.05% or more if under age 21?

Police Procedures:

The law requires that an officer have probable cause before you are arrested.Typically, the training for officers as well as case law, requires police to establish probable cause by a violation of the law, an accident, and observations of the physical manifestation of intoxication. This is subjective, and many agencies require that Standardized Field Sobriety Tests be given, correctly, and perhaps a field breathalyzer, or PAS machine, to establish alcohol in your blood. Your Miranda warnings, or the “reading of your rights”, also require that you be advised or warned before they take testimony from you after arrest.

Your Rights:

You have the right to refuse the FST’s, and you have the right not to state anything that may incriminate you. You even have the right to refuse a blood, breath, or urine test, but if you do so, your license will be suspended for one year. You always have the right to be treated fairly by the police, and for the police to not use unreasonable force against you during arrest.

How can I estimate my Blood-Alcohol Level?
Use a Blood Alcohol Level (BAC) Calculator.

DUI Charges (The Law):

The California Vehicle Code, specifically, VC section 23152(a) and 23152(b), sets the law on DUI cases, and states as follows:

VC 23152:

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

(b) It is unlawful for any person who has 0.08 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood to drive a vehicle. For purposes of this article and Section 34501.16, percent, by weight, of alcohol in a person’s blood is based upon grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood or grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath.

The two sections above are typically charged together. The first has to do with your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle, irregardless of your blood alcohol level. The second, or (b) count, requires that you have a .08% blood alcohol content, or BAC, by weight, California’s “legal limit”. The term “alcoholic beverage and drug” or “alcoholic beverage or drug” in the (a), or first count, does not mean that you were driving with drugs in your system, but that either alcohol or drugs, or both, were found at the time of driving, not that you in fact did have both in your system.

La Palma DUI Information – La Palma DUI Attorney

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Police Agencies, Procedures, and your Legal Rights:

Persons prosecuted elsewhere in Orange County were likely arrested by one of the following agencies:

Court Locations and Phone Numbers:

Orange County has five court locations where Orange County DUIs may be prosecuted, depending upon which court had jurisdiction over the location where the arrest took place:

Central-Justice-Center OC Superior Court
Central Justice Center (CJC)
700 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Phone: (657) 622-6878
Harbor Justice Center (HJC/NB)
Newport Beach Facility
4601 Jamboree Road
Newport Beach, CA 92660-2595
Phone: (657) 622-5400
Fullerton Courthouse North Justice Center
North Justice Center (NJC)
1275 North Berkeley Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92832-1258
Phone: (657) 622-5600
orange County west justice center
West Justice Center (WJC)
8141 13th Street
Westminster, CA 92683-4593
Phone: (657) 622-8459

What may happen to my insurance?

There are two ways insurance companies generally deal with customers convicted of a DUI in Orange County. First, your insurer may raise your insurance premiums and label you a high-risk driver if it finds out you’ve been convicted of DUI. You’ll likely have to file proof of insurance for three years minimum with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Your insurance company will have to provide the DMV with an SR-22 form, which is required to convert your license suspension with a restricted license. An SR-22 also means your insurance company is required to notify the DMV if it cancels your insurance for any reason during a three year period. Most other state laws require persons that have a DUI conviction to get an SR-22 also.

Insurance Links:

Orange County DUI Legal Research Links:

Orange County DUI Local Service Links:

Professional Legal Organizations and Associations:

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