There is a widespread misconception that the arresting officer must actually observe the DUI suspect driving the vehicle in order to sustain a conviction for drunk driving. However, your Orange County DUI lawyers at Wallin & Klarich want to inform you that in California motorists do not have to be “driving” to be convicted of DUI. In some DUI cases in Orange County, proof that the suspect was driving can be proven by circumstantial evidence alone.
Circumstantial evidence is evidence that proves a fact from an inference to the existence of a fact which may be logically and reasonably drawn from another fact or group of facts.
Examples of circumstantial evidence of driving:
When a person is found in a vehicle that is parked, the prosecution relies on surrounding circumstances and facts to prove that the person was in fact driving. The following factors may be taken into account:
If the car is at the restaurant/bar or at a friend’s house and has not moved, there is a stronger argument that the driver had not driven the car anywhere. However, if the car is on the side of the freeway, the government has a strong argument that the person drove the car there, and then decided to pull over. How else did the car end up on the side of the freeway? Arguments can be made on both sides here and that is why you will need a skilled California DUI defense attorney from Wallin & Klarich to represent you.
Wallin & Klarich’s Orange County DUI lawyers have over 30 years helping clients facing DUI charges throughout Southern California. If you or a loved one is recently facing charges for driving under the influence, please contact your Wallin & Klarich DUI attorneys in Orange County at 888-764-2615 for immediate assistance.
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