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Newport Beach DUI Lawyer

Former OC District Attorney & Public Defense Lawyers

Our Newport Beach criminal defense attorneys use their inside knowledge of the courts to skillfully fight your case for the best outcome possible.

You Only Have a Few Days to Stop License Suspension

We need to request a DUI DMV hearing within 10 days of arrest to stop the automatic suspension of your driver's license.



DUI Attorney Newport Beach for all DUI case types:


Newport Beach DUI Attorney

Getting a DUI in Newport Beach is a serious matter that can risk your driver's license and have a major impact on your personal and professional life. But it is a charge that defense lawyers know how to defeat. Our skilled Newport Beach DUI attorneys may be able to reduce the charges, exclude evidence against you, negotiate reduced sentencing or even get the matter dismissed altogether.

Former O.C. Prosecutor & Public Defense Lawyers experienced handling over 8,000 cases

When the stakes are high, you can rely on our former O.C. Deputy District Attorney & Public Defense Lawyers to use their knowledge of the legal system to aggressively fight for you.

Our top rated Newport Beach DUI lawyers have a proven track record of successfully handling thousands of cases including virtually all types of DUI such as 1st misdemeanor DUI, 2nd, 3rd, commercial driver's license, drunk driving accident, foreign citizen DUI and bodily injury felony DUI including vehicular manslaughter.

In most cases, you will not have to attend court or DMV hearings unless you want to. Our DUI attorneys can handle them for you.

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Meet Our Team

Experience You Can Trust

As former government lawyers, our DUI attorney Newport Beach knows firsthand how the OC District Attorney and Harbor Justice Center court operate and how to skillfully work with them. We also know how to analyze Newport Beach Police reports when building your defense. Our criminal attorneys are skilled at analyzing your case and all evidence for weaknesses and using them to construct successful defenses. 

We are ready to skillfully defend you and achieve the best possible outcome to your case.


You Only Have 10 Days After DUI Arrest To Stop An Automatic DMV License Suspension

Call 949 750-2500 for a Free consultation. Our experienced lawyers and former DMV hearing officer know what it takes to save your license and achieve the best outcome possible.


Office Location

   Near Harbor Justice Center & Fashion Island     Chudnovsky Law  23 Corporate Plaza Drive, Suite 150 Newport Beach, CA 92660  (949) 750-2500  ·  Google Map    Hours:  7am-9pm M-F, 9am-6pm Sat-Sun

Near Harbor Justice Center & Fashion Island

Chudnovsky Law
23 Corporate Plaza Drive, Suite 150
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 750-2500 · Google Map

Hours: 7am-9pm M-F, 9am-6pm Sat-Sun


Newport Beach DUI collisions and injuries from 2009 to 2017

DUI collisions and arrests per year in Newport Beach, CA from 2009 to 2017

While Newport Beach has been growing, data from the Newport Beach Police Department show DUI arrests trending down from 2009 to 2017 (1).

The decline is likely due to the increased usage of Lyft/Uber ride hailing services and aggressive law enforcement focus on DUI prevention. DUI arrests have declined 20% from 540 per year in 2009 to 434 in 2017.

Number of people injured in DUI collisions from 2009 to 2017

California Highway Patrol Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System data shows DUI involved collision injuries in Newport Beach has increased 31% from 48 in 2009 to 63 in 2017: (2)

Total DUI injuries in 2009: 48
Total DUI injuries in 2010: 55
Total DUI injuries in 2011: 57
Total DUI injuries in 2012: 44
Total DUI injuries in 2013: 50
Total DUI injuries in 2014: 66
Total DUI injuries in 2015: 53
Total DUI injuries in 2016: 78
Total DUI injuries in 2017: 63

Newport Beach DUI arrests vs other other OC cities

Newport Beach is the 17th largest city in Orange County with 87,182 residents spread over 24 square miles. Data published by the California Office of Traffic Safety ranks Newport Beach as the 7th highest for number of DUI arrests.

The map below shows the top 10 OC cities for number of DUI arrests per year. (3)

Total crimes per year in Newport Beach from 2009 to 2017

Total crimes per year in Newport Beach, CA from 2009 to 2017

Newport Beach Police Department crime statistics show that overall crimes in Newport Beach have declined 11% from 6,507 in 2009 to 5,797 in 2017. (4)

Within this general trend of declining crime rates, three crime categories are increasing:

  • Theft crimes have increased 3% from 1,724 in 2009 to 1,775 in 2017

  • Drug crimes have increased 110% from 362 in 2009 to 762 in 2017

  • Fraud crimes have increased 103% from 2009 to 2017

Newport Beach crimes by type from 2009 to 2017

Crimes per year by type in Newport Beach, CA from 2009 to 2017

The number of crimes reported in Newport Beach's largest crime categories during 2017 were as follows: (5)

  • Total theft crimes in 2017: 1,775

  • Total drug crimes in 2017: 762

  • Total assault crimes in 2017: 472

  • Total fraud crimes in 2017: 454

  • Total burglary crimes in 2017: 361

Client Reviews

 Top rated Newport Beach DUI attorney

I was referred to Ms Chudnovsky through a friend and am very happy I found her.
I got charged with a 2nd DUI and was facing big fines and jail time. Tsion got the sentence reduced to 4 days from the 90 days offered by the district attorney. She also got the parole violation dismissed which was a big deal for me.

She's a busy lawyer and is working on many cases everyday, but she always finds time to respond by email or phone and is very pleasant to work with, especially when scary stuff is looming over your head. I have referred her to a work colleague with a visa DUI problem. I can recommend Chudnovsky Law without reservation to anyone needing an exceptional criminal or immigration lawyer.
Veronica, Yelp User

 Best rated DUI attorney Newport Beach

My brother was charged with a DUI and we needed a Spanish speaking DUI lawyer
that also really knows immigration law. My friend recommended I call Chudnovsky Law and he was so right. Ms Tsion Chudnovsky is an exceptional attorney that explained everything in Español to my brother and she helped him with the DUI immigration consequences.

Ms. Chudnovsky has a big heart and really knows both DUI and immigration law issues better than anybody. She saved my brother's license and lots of fines. She also helped us avoid so much immigration headaches and made sure he didn't have to serve any jail time. Our whole family is very grateful we found her.
Adrian, Google User

 Best rated Newport Beach criminal defense lawyer

Felony DUI Was Reduced To Dry Reckless
I got in an accident and was arrested for a DUI. Unfortunately there was substantial injury involved and I got charged with Felony DUI. I was really freaked out by the whole thing and what the consequences could be.

Tsion and her team really went above and beyond to calm me down and educate me on my options and how they would attack the charges. After some careful research, they identified some issues with the evidence and were able to able reduce the charge to a dry reckless and I kept my license. I can wholeheartedly recommend Chudnovsky Law. They are top notch!
Maria, AVVO User


DUI defense


Can You Defeat DUI Charges?

DUI cases are challenging, but they can be won. Our Newport Beach DUI attorneys successfully defend DUI cases all the time.

Evidence that seems strong can be tossed out by the court. Police officers can bungle stops and DUI investigations by not following proper procedure. Alcohol tests are prone to error and there are many ways they can give falsely high alcohol readings.

Depending on the facts of your case, there are many ways a skilled lawyer can dramatically improve the outcome:

1) Get your charges dismissed outright

This is the most favorable outcome because your record will be totally clear. This can happen if critical evidence is disqualified, if the evidence is insufficient to charge, or if your Newport Beach DUI attorney successfully negotiates dismissal.

2) Negotiate a reduction in charges

If the case cannot be dismissed nor defeated in trial, this is the best outcome. DUI penalties and consequences are set by statute in California, so the goal is to reduce the charges to something with lower penalties.

For example, if a DUI is reduced to a dry reckless driving charge (California Vehicle Code 23103 VC), it has greatly reduced penalties including no SR22 insurance requirement, not being considered a "priorable" offense for any future charges, and reduced consequences and fines. Our Newport Beach top rated DUI lawyer knows the courts, the District Attorneys and how to negotiate the best possible outcome.

3) Win an acquittal in trial

If you and your attorney decide to fight your case in a trial, acquittal is when the court determines you are not guilty of the charges. There are strict rules of evidence and procedures for California DUI trials.

A skilled DUI lawyer Newport Beach will carefully review all case evidence, the D.A. and the assigned judge to evaluate the odds of success and compare them to the best outcome that can be negotiated. In general, your odds of acquittal are higher if your DUI attorney can successfully argue that some crucial evidence is inadmissible or flawed.

 Best DUI Attorney Newport Beach, CA

What are DUI Penalties?

The penalties and consequences for DUI can vary widely based on the facts of the case. Judges have discretion to select from a range of penalties as defined in California DUI laws. Judges consider many factors including: prior criminal record, blood alcohol level, whether there were injuries or property damage and type of drivers license.

Judges select from the following types of penalties:

  1. Fines & penalty assessments ranging from $390 to $18,000

  2. Jail time: from none up to 15 years or even life in prison

  3. License restriction, suspension or permanent revocation

  4. Probation of 3 to 5 years

  5. Mandatory ignition interlock device

  6. Foreign citizen visa revocation and potential deportation

Most penalties can either be dramatically reduced or eliminated if the charges are dismissed or reduced to a lesser offense. 

You can read our Newport Beach drunk driving accident lawyer guide to penalties for all types of DUI by visiting the page below.


You Only Have 10 Days After a DUI to Stop License Suspension

How Can I Save My Driver's License?

In California, DUI charges trigger a criminal court process and a parallel DMV Admin per se (APS) hearing process. The process and procedure involved in an APS hearing is separate from the criminal court. The DMV provides a short 10 day window to request an APS hearing to dispute the license suspension. They strictly enforce the deadline. 

Your license will be automatically suspended 30 days after arrest if we do not request the DMV hearing in time.

 Newport Beach Top Rated DUI Attorney

Dealing with license suspensions, restrictions and revocations can be very hard to deal with. This is one of the consequences a skilled DUI lawyer will concentrate on to reduce the disruption to your life, work and family.

Your Chudnovsky Law lawyer can help by:

  • Working to stop the DMV suspension using the APS hearing process

  • Skillfully negotiating a plea resolution or fighting the case in trial to eliminate the suspension

  • Educating you on what you need in order to reinstate your license

  • Explaining different options on how to achieve your goals, perhaps by accepting some jail time if needed to reduce the license suspension

The guide below reviews strategies our DUI lawyer Newport Beach uses in the fight to save your license.

Call 949 750-2500 For a Free DUI Case Review

Our experienced attorneys will review your case and answer questions. The sooner we can begin your defense the better.



Criminal Attorney Newport Beach

If you are charged with a crime, you need a Newport Beach criminal defense attorney who specializes in criminal defense that will carefully protect your best interests. You need the best criminal attorney in Newport Beach who understands the nuances of your charges and will carefully examine every detail to construct a successful defense strategy for your case.

Protecting clients from convictions & penalties is our number one priority

Our criminal lawyers understand that criminal charges can have a profound impact on your life. Criminal charges can threaten your personal and professional well-being, your parental rights - and put your future on the line. Our lawyers have had great success in Orange County courtrooms with a strong record of acquittals, reductions in charges, and dismissals. 

Our experienced criminal defense lawyers provide smart, aggressive defense for all types of charges including:


DUI drunk driving defense

  • Driving While Intoxicated

  • Vehicular Assault and Manslaughter

  • Driver’s License Suspensions & Restorations

  • Felony Drunk Driving

  • Child Endangerment

  • Drunk in Public

Drug offenses

  • Marijuana Crimes

  • Pot Dispensary Violations

  • Making Hash Oil, Honey Oil

  • Prescription Drug Charges

  • Federal and Major Felony Drug Trafficking

  • Drug Possession

  • Possession with Intent to Deliver

  • Drug Distribution and Sales

  • Drug Cultivation and Manufacturing

White collar crimes

  • Credit Card Fraud

  • Extortion

  • Check Forgery

  • Identity Theft

  • Financial Crimes

  • Fraud and Embezzlement

  • Medicare and Insurance Fraud

  • Tax Fraud, Tax Evasion

Post-conviction services

  • Criminal Record Expungement

  • Driving License Restoration

  • Probation and Parole Violations

Newport Beach shoplifting

Elder neglect and abuse

Juvenile offenses

Assault & violent crimes

  • Newport Beach Weapons Charge

  • Domestic Violence

  • Hit and Run

  • Arson Charges

  • Newport Beach gun charge lawyer

  • Gun Law, Felony Firearm

  • Stalking

  • Aggravated Assault

  • Assault with Intent to Murder

  • Homicide

Sex crimes

  • Internet Sex Crime

  • Criminal Sexual Conduct

  • Prostitution

  • Sex Solicitation

  • Sexual Assault, Statutory Rape

  • Indecent Exposure, Lewd Conduct

Property and theft crimes

  • Armed Robbery, Burglary

  • Credit Card Theft

  • Misdemeanor Theft

  • Shoplifting

  • Federal Crime

  • Receiving Stolen Property

Federal criminal charges

The Newport Beach Indy has reported that local crime rates reached historic lows.

Start Your Defense As Early As Possible

If you have just been arrested or someone you know is in custody for a crime, contact us asap. Even if you are under investigation, you need to start working to defend against aggressive prosecutors and police. We believe there's no time to waste. 

The most critical window for defense work may be the first few days following an arrest, or even prior to formal charges being filed. By getting to work immediately, often we can locate favorable defense evidence and witnesses, and get a head start towards defeating the charges. And sometimes it's possible to stop criminal charges from being filed.


Don't Wait for Prosecutors to Make the First Move

Call (949) 750-2500 for a Free confidential case review to start your defense!


Orange County Courts

Our Newport Beach criminal defense lawyer represents clients in all Orange County courts including:

Harbor Justice Center
4601 Jamboree Road
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Central Justice Center
700 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Lamoreaux Justice Center
341 The City Drive South
Orange, CA 92868-3205

North Justice Center
1275 North Berkeley Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92832

West Justice Center
8141 13th Street, Westminster, CA 92683
Orange, CA 92868-3205


Orange County Jails

Is your loved one incarcerated at an OC jail? Our lawyers can help get them released quickly. Usually you can post bail immediately after the inmate is booked. Or you can wait for the first court appearance, which usually occurs within 2 court days after the arrest.

If the inmate is still in custody until the initial court date, your attorney can request a lower bail or for the judge to grant an "own recognizance" release. Judge's will review whether the inmate is a flight risk and whether they are a danger to the public. Our attorneys can present evidence and argue that the inmate should be eligible for a low bail or release on their own recognizance.

Newport Beach Police Department Jail
Temporary holding only
870 Santa Barbara Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 644-3681

Laguna Beach Police Department Jail
Temporary holding only
505 Forest Ave
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 497-0701

Costa Mesa Police Department Jail
Temporary holding only
99 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 754-5252

James Musick Jail
13502 Musick Honor Farm Rd
Irvine, CA 92618

Orange County Central Jail
550 N. Flower St.
Santa Ana, CA 92703
(714) 647-4666

Theo Lacy Jail
501 The City Drive South
Orange, CA 92868
(714) 647-4666

Orange County Juvenile Hall
331 City Drive,
City of Orange, CA 92868
(714) 935-6660

Criminal defense & DUI defense information in other languages

Our lawyers speak Español, French, Portuguese, Italian, Hebrew & Amharic. For information in other languages, visit:

Abogado Criminal

Abogados de DUI

Avocat DUI

Avocat Criminaliste

Last updated 11.25.18