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Felony Lawyers Orange County is also known as The Atias Law Firm, a boutique firm exclusively handling domestic violence, felony DUI (driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs) and other felony criminal law cases in Orange County, CA and the surrounding areas. We understand that if you are reading this, then unfortunately you or a relative has quite possibly been arrested for a crime such as a DUI in Orange County. It is a very frightening experience. Naturally, our clients have many questions regarding the DUI laws in Orange County. That is precisely why our attorneys are available for free telephone consultations. When you call our firm an Orange County Felony Attorneys will try to answer any and all of your questions. Our firm understands that being charged with a crime and fighting for your freedom are your top priorities and therefore your particular case is our priority as well.
WHAT MAKES SOMEONE AN EXCELLENT CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY IN ORANGE COUNTY?
THE IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNICATION AND AVAILABILITY OF YOUR LAWYER.
The first hallmark a potential client such as yourself should be aware of is the availability of your attorney. The most common complaints our firm hears from potential clients is just how difficult it can be to reach an actual attorney, or worse, one they have already hired. The attorneys at the Atias Law Firm are considered excellent felony lawyers in Orange County, specifically because we maintain open and ongoing communication with our clients.
OUR FEE INCLUDES EXPUNGING AND PERMANENTLY DISMISSING YOUR CONVICTION, HELPING YOU THROUGH THE PROCESS TO THE VERY END:
A second hallmark of a great Orange County DUI Attorney and one The Atias Law Firm takes very seriously is actually seeing your legal case through to the very end by helping our clients get their potential criminal convictions dismissed permanently through the process of expungement. This can take anywhere from 18-36 months, roughly half the time that cases resulting in probation require, before the Courts will honor expungment.
PAYMENT PLANS: THE ATIAS LAW FIRM WANTS TO HELP YOU
ASK AN ASSOCIATE DUI LAWYER IN ORANGE COUNTY ABOUT OUR PAYMENT PLANS
A third hallmark is the financial stress of the criminal fees, court fees, restitution and of course legal fees. Certainly, hiring a DUI Lawyer in Orange County can be considerably expensive and that is precisely why our firm offers a tremendous value for our services. Depending on your case, we will work with you to tailor a payment plan to ensure that the financial and legal difficulties are not compounded.
IF YOU CAN NOT DRIVE, THEN WE CAN HAPPILY MEET YOU AT A SATELLITE OFFICE OR THE MOST CONVENIENT PLACE FOR YOU, OUR CLIENT.
A fourth hallmark is showing how much we care. While others may judge, at some point in our lives, we all make bad decisions, however, those decisions do not define who we are as people. One of the consequences of a DUI is the difficulty in driving to meet an Attorney for a free legal consultation. We have many satellite offices where we can meet you because of how difficult it is for someone charged with a DUI to drive.
One of the guiding principles of The Atias Law Firm is to help our clients feel reassured and at peace, rather than stressed and anxious. That is one reason "DUI Lawyers Orange County" is so well reviewed. We have established our headquarters in both Newport Beach and Anaheim, however we do maintain satellite offices throughout Orange County, specificially to help those clients who have lost their drivers licenses as a result of the DUI, and specifically so that one of our attorneys can meet anywhere that is convenient for you. A DUI Lawyer servicing Orange County should make your life less complicated and be able to meet you in any number of offices. Oren Atias, the managing attorney and founder of the firm, as well as his associates will happily meet with clients after their workday and even on weekends.
Our firm is dedicated to guiding our clients through each and every step (and there are many) to either reduce the criminal charges, mitigate the costs and fines or potentially have the case dismissed on the merits of innocence, due process and other Constitutional rights that may have been violated during the DUI arrest process.
BACKGROUND- WE CONSIDER OUR FIRM TO BE AMONGST THE VERY BEST DUI LAWYERS IN ORANGE COUNTY BECAUSE WE UNDERSTAND EXACTLY WHAT YOU ARE GOING THROUGH:
Please understand and remember that you are not alone in being arrested for a crime.
First, a little background on "Felony Lawyers Orange County". The founder, Oren Mark Atias, Esq. graduated at top of his class from University of California - Santa Barbara in 2003 participating in many activities and earning multiple academic awards. When deciding on a law school, Mr. Atias focused more on location and community, and decided on Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa, CA. While attending Whittier Law School, Mr. Atias was selected to be a Dean's Fellow, mentoring incoming law students on test taking skills and provided valuable lessons on how to adapt to life as a law student.
Following his first year, Mr. Atias ranked in the top 10%, earning a full tuition scholarship as well as being elected by his peers as the Whitter Law Review Solicitations Editor (a position that allowed him to choose legal articles written by Judges, Partners at large law firms and Law School Professors alike) for publication in the Whittier Law Review. The Law Review is a prestigious quarterly update covering the most relevant topics in law including everything from Genetics and the law (a fascinating field) as well as Constitutional Criminal Defense matters and frequently the confusing marijuana related laws as they pertained to the ever changing landscape of modern opinion.
Mr. Atias began his career as a sole-practioner but struggled to find the field of law that would provide both client and personal satisfaction. A few years later, Mr. Atias suffered the devastating loss of a family member, that ultimately resulted in his own personal battle with substance abuse and driving under the influence charges. It is that personal history that underscores our Firm's philosophy, getting clients the treatment and help they need while obtaining the best possible results without passing judgment. Mr. Atias is not in the business of scaring people into hiring, rather we encourage all of our potential new clients to find the best attorney and fit for their needs.
Mr. Atias explains it this way, "I have found my voice as someone who fights extraordinarily well for my client's rights and their peace of mind. More than any other, our firm recognizes that bad decisions, such as drinking and driving or substance abuse, can have roots in childhood trauma, difficult family circumstances and very stressful lives. However, with counsel and guidance we strive to help clients overcome and conquer the addictions and behaviors that led to poor decision making." Today, The Atias Law Firm has a number of full time Associate Attorneys who have been selected because they know the tremendous sense of trust that clients must have for their attorneys when facing a first or even multiple DUIs and criminal charges.
PLEASE SPEAK TO MULTIPLE DUI ATTORNEYS BEFORE DECIDING ON THE BEST FIT FOR YOU, WE ENCOURAGE IT.
If you have been charged with DUI, then you are probably asking yourself whether you should spend the money and hire an attorney? That is a personal decision, and again we refuse to scare clients into retaining our services, rather we offer free consultations and answer all of your questions, making us one of the few DUI law firms in Orange County to do so. The Atias Law Firm prides itself on being well reviewed because we all understand on a personal level how difficult it is to be arrested and charged with a crime. Depending on the type of DUI you have been charged with, having legal representation will often help mitigate the charges, penalties and fines. Mr. Atias as well as our Associate attorneys will examine the facts of your case, as well as your personal and legal history to help mount the strongest defense for your DUI case in Orange County.
THERE ARE OVER A THOUSAND DUI SCENARIOS AND WE HAVE THE EXPERIENCE, THE EXPERTS AND THE FORTITUDE REQUIRED TO HANDLE YOUR CASE TOO.
Our team of DUI Lawyers in Orange County has handled over a thousand cases combined. We have experience with DUI for Alcohol, multiple DUIs, those involving a commercial license, those involving injury, DUI for Drugs or DUID, those for prescription drugs, for Xanax and Anxiety medications, for Oxycontin, Norco and Vicodin, for Methamphetamine, Opiates, Heroin and for Marijuana. Each of these DUI charges are approached differently. We employ a unique strategy tailored to each individual client's needs depending on their case. For example, in a DUI for Prescription Drugs case, we will determine if you were within the therapeutic range of the prescribed medication. We may decide to request a blood split sample from the toxicology lab to determine whether or not that range was within a legally allowable level. If it was, then we present that evidence to the District Attorney and make sure the case is either reduced or dimissed. If we have to take the DUI charge one step further to trial because a client decides it is in their best interest then our firm can handle that as well.
Best Reviewed Felony Lawyers in Orange County
Why is DUI Lawyers Orange County so well reviewed online? Why do clients facing DUI Charges in Orange County consistently review and rate The Atias Law Firm amongst the best in Orange County?
1. Team Effort
Our office operates as a team. We have more than one attorney available to help examine even the most seemingly insignificant details of your case, we double check the police reports for inconsistencies, examine the breathalyzer machines used to determine your Blood Alcohol level and of course all of the facts and circumstances surrounding the probable cause leading to the arrest. Additionally, if the facts of your case necessitate, we will work with a team of experts, blood splitting specialists, crime labs, witnesses and consultants to determine the best argument for your DUI Defense in Orange County.
2. Felony Lawyer Orange County - Ask for a Free Consultation
We will begin with a free consultation where you will be able to speak directly with one of our attorneys. We will be able to discuss the charges that have been filed, the possible defenses that can be raised, as well as the possible punishments that can avoided. We do not charge for the initial consultation. It is the hallmark of a good law firm.
3. Getting to Work Immediately
If you decide that our firm is the right fit for your needs, we do not hesitate to start work immediately. When applicable to your specific case, our criminal defense lawyers will contact the DMV, the District Attorney's office, witnessess all in an effort to prevent the case from being filed and to help demonstrate early on why your DUI case should be refiled or dismissed based on the apparent evidence. We will contact the experts who may be able to help us prove you are not guilty.
4. Making Ourselves Available
Once hired as your attorneys, our firm makes sure that clients do not wait days or weeks to hear back from us regarding your questions and concerns. If you have something pressing we will make every effort to return your call or text promptly. We understand that sometimes clients have a new fact or idea that is pertinent to the case, and therefore it is just as pertinent to our firm.
5. Experienced DUI Lawyers Orange County
Our firm employs both former Prosecutors and Public Defenders, criminal defense and felony attorneys. If necessary we consult with attorneys who have been practicing for over 50 years. We believe that bth experience and relationship with the court help to contribute to a successful outcoem. Our team of attorneys has handled thousands of criminal cases combined. Let our experience help you in your legal matter.
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You may be wondering, "How can we help win your case?"
Well, every DUI case has weaknesses. Judges know that. Prosecutors know that. We know that. Some of the various points that DUI Lawyers Orange County can expose to help negotiate or win your case include the following:
1. Illegal traffic stops: Were you actually driving safely? Did you truly violate any laws? Or did the local Orange County Sheriffs, California Highway Patrol or local Police agencies use the traffic stop as a pretext in violation of your Constitutional rights.
2. Lack of probable cause: Did the police have actual probable cause to stop and detain or to investigate you? Was there really evidence of criminal activity?
3. Violation of mandatory 15 minute observation period prior to breath test administration: In California, the arresting officer must watch you for a minimum of 15 uninterrupted minutes prior to giving you the breathalyzer test. If you had gum in your mouth, or recently ate food, the breath machines will often read inaccurately.
4. A rising blood alcohol level: It is scientific fact that alcohol levels can rise between the time you were driving and the time you were tested. DUI Lawyers Orange County can potentially show that you were under the legal limit while actually driving the vehicle, but that by the time the breath test was given your level had risen above the legal limit.
5. Diabetic and other medical conditions causing false or unreliable breathalyzer results:
The fact remains that people metabolize alcohol differently. People with certain health conditions may always register a higher Blood Alcohol Content. DUI Lawyers Orange County can help show that your BAC was not directly related to the amount of alcohol you drank or how impaired you were, rather it was related to the specific conditions of your body.
6. Improper administration of field sobriety tests: Were your tests conducted on video? Did the officers properly administer the tests? Most people are not aware that the Instruction Guide for field sobriety tests actually states that no one passes or fails field sobriety tests. They are not considered a pass or fail exam. Additionally, we will examine the conditions of the tests. What kind of shoes were you wearing? Was the road you were tested on a smooth surface? Do you have other medical or physical issues that would have prevented you from doing the tests properly under even the best conditions? There is no "normal" person. The variety of field sobriety tests including the Horizontal Nystagmus test is given using an officers hand and a flashlight. It is not measured using scientific instruments. The officer is not a trained opthalmologist. There is a large margin of error on that test.
7. Another field sobriety test is the walk and turn test. Again, there are literally 100 factors that could make this test difficult for a person to properly perform. Many of our clients have medical issues that would make it impossible for them to take this kind of test anyway. Occasionally, when a client requests a trial, we will call in our own experts who can testify to the fact that the field sobriety tests are not scientifically valid to determine impairment, particularly a walk and turn test.
8. Defense of Necessity. This is often overlooked. We recently had a client who retained two prior DUI Attorneys that both failed to discover this defense. If you had to drive away from the scene of an assault, or a domestic violence issue, and you were under the influence, then you have a valid defense of necessity. Essentially, although you may have been driving under the influence you prevented a greater harm from occuring. That recent DUI, a second for our client was dismissed by showing medical proof of the assault being reported on the same night as the arrest. DUI Lawyers Orange County goes the extra mile. Give us a call if you want straight forward answers. Remember, you are not alone.