If you have been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving in Southern California, you may wonder whether you should involve an attorney. This is an important decision to consider. We cannot stress enough how important it is to involve an Southern California DUI attorney as early in the process as possible.


When you are arrested for DUI, the arresting officer will confiscate your driver’s license and give you a “notice of suspension” that will serve as a temporary license. Upon your failure or refusal of a breath test (breathalyzer)  or blood test, the DMV will automatically begin suspension proceedings. You must contact the Drivers Safety Office of the DMV within 10 calendar days of your arrest in order to challenge the suspension of your driver’s license – or it will be suspended REGARDLESS of the outcome of your case.

The DMV hearing and your criminal case are two entirely separate parts of your DUI charges. Even if you are found not guilty of DUI, you could still lose your license depending upon how the DMV hearing goes. Your lawyers will be able to represent your interests in your DMV hearing to help ensure that you have the best chance at keeping your driving privileges. Many people in Orange County, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and San Diego need a license to keep a job and care for themselves and their families. If keeping your license is important to you, you should speak immediately with an experienced DUI lawyer to discuss your options and to learn how your right to drive can be protected in the DMV hearing.

That is just one benefit of working with a lawyer. Additionally, you will be facing criminal charges in court. This means that you may face imprisonment as well as heavy fines, community service, counseling, or mandatory drug/alcohol treatment or rehabilitation. This is a legal process, and law enforcement and the prosecution will be working hard to try to secure a conviction against you. The Law Offices of Christopher Zander & Associates are the only people you need on your side. We will stand in the way of a potential conviction, DUI penalties, a criminal record, and a limited future.


Any criminal conviction on your record can result in problems for your future. It is very important that you speak with a knowledgeable attorney who knows how to protect your rights and will help ensure that you do not have to suffer due to overzealous punishment or experience harsh consequences. Drunk driving and DUI-related crimes carry very serious consequences and are also treated very strictly by law enforcement agencies. Even if this is your first brush with the law, you cannot expect that you will be treated leniently.

It does not matter if this is your first DUI-related charge or if you have prior convictions on your record, you deserve to have a powerful and aggressive defense lawyer on your side to help defend your constitutional rights. The fact of the matter is that everyone has a right to legal counsel and you could greatly benefit from exercising that right. If you are worried about your future after a DUI conviction, please don’t hesitate to contact our FIRM to speak with someone who can help answer your questions and help get your case on the right track.

For the experienced help you need and deserve, contact the Law Offices of Christopher Zander & Associates. We are here to defend you against your DUI charges and will offer you the level of legal counsel you rightfully deserve.


The punishments for a drunk driving conviction can be very severe, even if you have no prior criminal record. You could be subject to the following punishments:

• Jail time
• Fines
• Alcohol abuse classes
• Community service
• License suspension
• Required ignition interlock device installation

If you do have prior convictions on you record, you could be facing increased penalties. A second DUI conviction could land you in jail for up to a year. Besides paying fines and court fees of over $2800, you could lose your license for two years. After a fourth DUI, you will be charged with a felony and could permanently lose your license. If you were charged with DUI and another individual was injured, you could spend time in state prison. Depending on the severity of the injuries and the amount of people injured, this sentence could be three years or more. The penalty for vehicular manslaughter is up to ten years in prison, depending on how much negligence was involved. There are many more aggravating factors that can lead to even more severe penalties.


The Law Offices of Christopher Zander & Associates is a premier DUI defense FIRM, dedicated to providing aggressive and personalized legal counsel to clients throughout all of Orange County, San Diego, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino who have been arrested for drunk driving offenses of all kinds, ranging from first time DUI offenses all the way to felony DUI or vehicular manslaughter.

At the Law Offices of Christopher Zander & Associates, you can expect to receive the guidance and representation that you need in the face of your DUI charges. We offer skilled legal counsel both in criminal court and at our clients’ administrative DMV hearings with the California Department of Motor Vehicles. We have found that by representing clients in both of these actions, we are able to build more effective cases that result in more positive case outcomes.


The Law Offices of Christopher Zander & Associates have rightfully earned the reputation of being the toughest, most knowledgeable, and aggressive DUI defense attorneys in all of Southern California. Our FIRM handles the most difficult DUI cases in the courts of Orange County, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and San Diego. Our goal is to ALWAYS WIN YOUR case – we settle for nothing less.


Contact ocDEFENSEfirm operated by the Law Offices of Christopher Zander & Associates today at 949-464-8073 for a free consultation.

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