If you are arrested and charged with DUI in southern California, speak at once with an experienced Orange County DUI defense lawyer. Don’t try to be your own attorney, and please, don’t pull a stunt in any effort to throw off the results of a DUI test. Let your lawyer be the one to challenge the test results. There was the recent story of a drunk driver in Pinellas Park, Florida, who slammed into another car and killed an 81-year-old-man. When the investigating officer told him to sit on the sidewalk and wait, the suspect casually strolled into the convenience store behind him, bought a tall can of Miller Lite, and started guzzling. He was convicted despite his efforts to corrupt the DUI test and throw a monkey-wrench into the investigation.

While there’s a lesson to be learned from the Florida story, it doesn’t come close to a recent story out of Queensland, Australia, which proves that some people will drink anything to avoid a DUI conviction. In September, Queensland authorities pulled over a 30-year-old man for speeding. A police spokeswoman told the Australian Associated Press, “It’s alleged, when police were speaking to him, he drank perfume as a breath freshener to attempt to mask the scent of alcohol.” It’s unclear if his blood alcohol content level – 0.293 percent, more than five times Australia’s legal limit – was a result of the alcohol or the perfume.

If an officer stops you for suspicion of DUI, candy, mints, and even eau de toilette won’t help. The help you need is a good DUI lawyer with plenty of experience handling DUI cases in the California legal system. Penalties are stiff if you’re convicted of DUI in California; a license suspension is automatic unless you contest it, a stiff fine is likely, and jail time is possible. You’ll be ordered to attend counseling or DUI education classes, and you may be ordered to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle. Your insurance premiums will increase, and you’ll probably be disqualified for any job that involves driving. Don’t let this happen, and don’t try to outsmart the police. Instead, if you’re charged with DUI in southern California, get the help you need by contacting an experienced Orange County DUI defense lawyer as quickly as possible.