There are many lawyers who are unskilled, unprincipled, and/or inexperienced. For this reason, locating and retaining a good DUI defense attorney can be a strenuous task. However, the task of choosing a good DUI attorney or lawyer can be much easier if you keep in mind a few key points:
There appear to be only three law firms in California which both specialize in drunk driving defense exclusively and are "A-V" rated ("very good to preeminent") by the Martindale-Hubbell International Directory of Attorneys. Two of these firms are headed by former Deans of the National College for DUI Defense and, under the auspices of the American Bar Association, are both Board-certified by that prestigious organization. One of these has offices in Orange County (Irvine):
Law Offices of Lawrence Taylor: Orange County DUI Attorneys
7-attorney firm which accepts DUI defense cases only. A former prosecutor, Fulbright professor of law and dean of the National College for DUI Defense, Mr. Taylor is the author of the leading DUI defense books Drunk Driving Defense, 6th edition and California Drunk Driving Defense, 3rd edition. The firm is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and is apparently unique in having its own technical support staff of law enforcement, DMV and blood/breath alcohol experts.
The following websites offer further information for finding DUI attorneys in Orange County as well as across the country:
College of DUI Defense
National organization of attorneys specializing in drunk driving defense.
California Drunk Driving Law Guide
Statewide legal resources including recommendations of DUI defense lawyers.
Orange County DUI Lawyers
Directory of websites about Orange County drunk driving matters, including DUI attorneys.
Orange County DUI is a reference source to assist citizens charged with drunk driving, and is intended to counter the activities of organizations and individuals advocating unfair laws and procedures, unduly harsh penalties, Constitutional violations, and the eventual return of Prohibition. Further information on DUI issues such as unconstitutional roadblocks, inappropriate criminal penalties, and "automatic" license suspensions and revocations can be found on the website of the National Motorists Association.