Experienced DUI lawyer
I Specialize in DUI defense for Orange County and all of California. Since I have been exclusively practicing DUI and DMV law for over 13 years, I hold the upper hand over any other criminal attorney in Orange County. Other “DUI Lawyers” regularly take on many types of criminal cases.
I have proven myself to be one of the best DUI attorneys in California. I have earned the respect and referrals of my peers, by achieving countless DUI & DMV victories.
Driving Under the Influence of alcohol charges are very serious. If you have been arrested for DUI, you want the most knowledgeable & professional legal representation. I aggressively represents clients both in the court room, and at DMV.
Call my offices at (714) 695-1500 and speak with me directly in minutes. My free consultations over the phone or in person can be very helpful in shedding light on your DUI case. We can meet at one of my many locations in Anaheim, Santa Ana, Newport Beach, Irvine, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Orange, Mission Viejo, Long Beach and Cypress. You stand nothing to lose by calling.
Fight Your DUI License Suspension at the DMV Hearing
If you’ve been arrested for a DUI, the DMV has already started the process to suspend your license. You only have 10 days from your arrest (including weekends) to request a DMV Administrative Per Se Hearing (APS Hearing) to fight to keep your license. Without a DUI attorney to represent you, it is next to impossible to win a DMV APS Hearing. Even with a lawyer on your side, the DMV Hearing (which is like a mini-trial, with it’s own set of evidence and procedures) is still very difficult to win. That’s why you want a DUI specialist, who fully understands what evidence can help or hinder your DMV Hearing, and which evidence brought forth at a DMV hearing can have positive or negative affects on the rest of your pre-trial and DUI trial.
It is not uncommon for criminal defense lawyers to recommend against having a DMV hearing because they think it is “a waste of time”, or charge extra to fight your DMV Hearing. At the DUI Law Offices of Chad Maddox the DMV hearing is always included in my pre-trial fees, and is used as an important aspect of any DUI defense.
Appeal the DMV Decision, and Get Your License Back
If you lose your DMV Administrative Per Se Hearing, and subsequently your driver’s license, the next course of action you can take is to file a Writ of Mandate with the court, basically you ”sue the DMV”. Once a Writ of Mandate has been filed, you can request an Ex Parte Hearing, which is used to request a stay on your license until the hearing for the Writ of Mandate takes place. If you are granted the Ex Parte stay, the courts will order the DMV to reinstate your license until the outcome of the Writ of Mandate is known.
Filing and fighting a Writ of Mandate is no easy task, yet I specialize in them. So much in fact that many attorney’s will represent their client’s DUI pre-trial and trial up until they decide to go through with a Writ of Mandate against the DMV, at which point they will refer their clients to an attorney who is experienced at winning these Writs. I have built a reputation of effectively appealing DMV license suspensions with Writs of Mandates, to the degree that my law office handles approximately 1/3rd of all the DMV Writs in California! Lawyers from all over the state trust their clients in my capable hands.
DUI Certifications & Memberships
FST training - Certified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the Field Sobriety Tests (FST’s). This is the training that every DWI/DUI Lawyer should have.
Breath testing – Certified Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) on the Alco-Sensor IV. It’s the device most likely used in your case if you took a breath test in California.
National College for DUI Defense - A Long standing Member, I have been asked to speak at seminars filled with criminal defense attorneys many times. I am considered an expert on the subject of California DUIs and DMV Writs of Mandates.
CA DUI Lawyers Association - Member & Completed Advanced DUI Training Seminar.
One of the Most Sought After California DUI Attorney for:
- Orange County DUI charges
- Suspended License Appeals / Reinstatement
- California DMV Writs of Mandate
- California Supreme Court Appeals
Why Hire a DUI Lawyer
The seriousness of a DUI conviction can not be overstated. The negative impact on your life is very large, especially if prior drunk driving convictions are on your driving record. One or more DUI/s can change your life; financially, socially, and legally. It is vital to realize with the knowledge and representation of a expert DUI lawyer, your chances of avoiding excess penalties and unnecessary punishments is greatly increased.
When searching for a Orange County DUI attorney, track record and experience should not be overlooked. We understand the intricacies of a DUI arrest, the DUI court process, and DMV APS Hearings. We welcome the opportunity to protect our clients’ rights, licenses, and freedom. We acknowledge that no two DUI cases are the same, and that you are an individual who deserves unique representation, and that is what we bring to the table. At my law firm your needs and concerns are critical and that is why my staff and I look closely at each case to ensures every client receives the absolute best defense possible.
The Most Common Mistake in Hiring A DUI Lawyer
When searching for and hiring a DUI attorney you must always be aware of what you are getting. While some attorneys may be qualified in criminal defense, they may not have the credentials for DUI defense. If the lawyer you are looking into, is a criminal defense lawyer, but does not focus on drunk driving offenses, that attorney will not have the skills or qualifications to give you the best possible representation for your DUI charges. These factors must be considered when making the choice of who to hire to defend you. For the last 13 years, I have only represented clients facing DUIs.