Costa Mesa Police Department screened 475 out of 1,000 vehicles traveling through a checkpoint at 17th and Raymond Street on Tuesday night. They were checking for impaired drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs, which resulting in 3 arrests for suspicion of DUI. Whether you live in Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Irvine or Tustin, you'll need a qualified DUI attorney if you are charged with a DUI in Orange County.
The family and friends of Nick Adenhart will have to wait a bit longer to see if the DUI murder trial of Andrew Gallo, charged in the death of the Angels pitcher, will take place in Orange County or elsewhere.
Gallo's attorney was allowed to substitute in on his case, even though the Public Defender's office had done massive amounts of work on his behalf, and even though Gallo's new attorney didn't have the resources to research, write, file and argue all the motions a case of this caliber would require. Apparently, the court considered whether to relieve the PD completely, or direct it to continue its representation regarding various motions relative to the case.
In any event, the matter isn't settled for now, since the court continued the motion to a future date. This story points to an ongoing challenge for the private Orange County criminal defense bar. Should you accept a client's case, knowing that your ability to represent that person may be limited, based upon your own experience, staffing and the client's financial resources?
Whether your matter is in Westminster, Santa Ana, Irvine or Newport Beach, make sure you consult and retain a qualified Orange County Criminal Defense Attorney to assist you with a DUI murder or DUI manslaughter matter.