Our knowledgeable DUI legal professionals are aware of the the inner workings of the Santa Ana neighborhood DUI laws. If you have been arrested with a first time or multiple DUI criminal offense in the Santa Ana area, contact us for a free discussion about your DUI charges.

We are a full-service criminal defense law firm with a particular emphasis on DUI defense and traffic-related incidents. Below you’ll find a few of the common reasons we see people coming into our office. If you’ve been charged with a crime in the Los Angeles area, our team can help.

Santa Ana DUI Charges

Representing individuals arrested for Driving Under the Influence DUI Criminal Defense lawyers in Santa Anamakes up the majority of our law practice. Our lawyers represent people in state court and before the Administrative Driver License Revocation Office (ADLRO) to help them retrieve their suspended license and avoid serious criminal penalties. See our DUI offenses page for more information.

Excessive Speed

Excessive speed is defined as either driving 30 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit, or driving 80 miles per hour or more regardless of the speed limit. Persons convicted of excessive speeding face suspension or revocation of their license from 30 days to one year and fines from $500 to $1,000, depending upon whether it is their first, second, third, or greater offense. Perhaps even more significant is the fact that a conviction for excessive speed appears on your record as a criminal conviction, whereas a citation for a regular speeding ticket does not. Even if you have been charged with excessive speeding, it is sometimes possible to have the actual violation lowered to a regular speeding ticket.

The rules for commercial driver's licenses are even stricter. A commercial driver can be cited for excessive speeding for driving fifteen miles per hour or more above the posted speed limit. Two such convictions disqualifies the driver from driving a commercial motor vehicle for at least sixty days; three convictions in a three-year period equals a 120 day disqualification.


Generally speaking, misdemeanors are punishable by fines or imprisonment of less than one year. Certain behavior which is punishable by fine is not considered a crime at all, but is more properly classified as an infraction. For instance, a regular speeding ticket will not result in a criminal conviction. Even having misdemeanors on your record can impact your ability to gain employment and enjoy other civil benefits.


Felonies are generally punishable by imprisonment of more than one year, although this does not mean that the conviction of a felony will automatically result in imprisonment of more than one year. Punishment could still be a prison sentence of less than one year or a fine, deferred sentencing, probation, or other alternative.
Individuals convicted of felonies lose their right to vote during incarceration. The loss of or infringement on rights, privileges, and civil liberties suffered by convicted felons can be severe and hamper the individual's ability to resume a normal life. Contact our law firm and ensure your rights are well represented.

Stephen Sitkoff Santa Ana Criminal Defense Lawyer

Criminal Defense and DUI Attorney

Stephen Sitkoff is a partner at started his legal career as a deputy district attorney more than 30 years ago prosecuting cases at the Los Angeles criminal courts in Southern California.


Criminal Defense Attorney

Paul Takakjian is the founding partner at Takakjian & Sitkoff, LLP. Mr. Takakjian started his legal career over 35 years ago as a deputy district attorney with the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office.

city] Criminal Defense lawyer James Kim

Senior Case Analyst

James possesses over a decade of legal experience and serves as the firm's senior case analyst handling the initial calls from prospective clients. James joined Takakjian & Sitkoff, LLP in 2005.