Laguna Beach DUI Information
If you were arrested for DUI in the City of Laguna Beach, your arrest could have been from the Laguna Beach Police Department, the California Highway Patrol (CHP), or from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, which patrols Laguna Beach. This page contains Laguna Beach DUI Information that you may find helpful regarding your pending matter, including court information and DUI driver’s license information.
Laguna Beach DUI Information – DUI Statistics
Laguna Beach has an overall population of 23,287. For the last year available (2014), the data collected by the California Office of Driver Safety show that there were 483 DUI arrests in Laguna Beach, making Laguna Beach the highest city in California, out of 102 cities of its size, for DUI arrests. Laguna Beach DUI Information on Arrest Rates:
|TYPE OF ARRESTS||ARRESTS||% RATE||OTS RANKING*|
|Laguna Beach DUI Arrests||304||2.18||102/102|
Laguna Beach DUI Information – Police Agencies
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Orange County Sheriff’s Department
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
Patrol: (949) 425-1800
Laguna Beach Information – DUI Arrest Information
Arrests and other calls for service in Laguna Beach are available on the daily City of Laguna Beach arrest log, or at the Orange County Sheriff’s Blotter website. (Select Laguna Beach from the pull-down menu, and enter your email to receive the information).
Most people booked and held in Orange County jail are listed in the OCSD Who’s in Jail website.
Laguna Beach DUI Information – The Prosecution
DUI cases from Laguna Beach are handled by the Harbor Justice Center branch of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
Laguna Beach DUI Information – the Courthouse
Harbor Justice Center (HJC/NB)
Newport Beach Facility
4601 Jamboree Road
Newport Beach, CA 92660-2595
Phone: (657) 622-5400
Laguna Beach arrests have their DMV hearings set at the DMV City of Orange Office of Driver Safety:
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 matters, to do so, 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, and request a stay on any suspension of your driver’s license. By making this request you ensure that your driving privilege will not be suspended until your case is heard.
At your hearing, only the following issues will be discussed, by law: (If you took a blood, or breath test)
- Did the officer have reasonable cause to believe you were driving a motor vehicle in violation of Vehicle Code 23140, 23152 or 23153?
- Were you placed under lawful arrest?
- 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?
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 an arrest.
According to Orange County DUI Lawyer Robert Miller, 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 your arrest.
Laguna Beach DUI Information – Laguna Beach DUI Attorney
Our law firm of Miller and Associates, in Orange County, has handled Laguna Beach DUI trials, and cases, since 1995. Our lead Orange County DUI Attorney, Robert Miller, knows Laguna well and knows how aggressive they are in cases involving DUI. Our Orange County DUI Lawyers can help your case. Contact us today.
Court Locations and Phone Numbers:
Orange County has five court locations where Orange County DUI cases may be prosecuted, depending upon which court had jurisdiction over the location where the arrest took place. Laguna Beach DUI arrests are filed by the prosecutor in, and heard by the court at the Orange County Superior Court Harbor Justice Center Newport Beach Courthouse:
This page regarding Laguna Beach DUI Information is updated by the law firm of Miller & Associates. We want this to be as accurate and up to date as possible. Please let us know if there are any items that need updating.