Corona DUI Defense
The city of Corona reports a low crime rate, especially when it comes to violent crimes. According to neighborhoodscout.com, the violent crime rate in the city was well below the national average in 2013 and below the average for the State of California as well. The average rate or property crime was also below the state and national averages as well, though to a lesser degree. Violent crimes include murder, forcible rape and robbery. Property crimes include thefts, auto thefts and burglary. Other crimes like drug offenses and DUI charges are not included in these crime rates.
The Corona police department is dedicated to keeping the city safe. One offense that they pay close attention to is driving under the influence (DUI). Police are constantly monitoring streets for signs of impaired drivers and setting up sobriety checkpoints to make sure drivers know they are out their enforcing the laws. The California Office of Traffic Safety provide the city with grant money in order to fund these projects. Corona PD even began a teen safe driving program called “Drive 4 Life" in which officers teach young drivers about the dangers of drinking and driving.
Corona DUI Charges
VC 23152: A driver can be charged for DUI in Corona if they operate a vehicle with a BAC of .08% or more, under the influence of drugs or while impaired by drugs or alcohol. This is an important distinction to make because it means a person who's BAC is under the legal limit can still be charged with DUI is officers believe that their ability to drive is impaired.
When a person is arrested for a VC 23152 offense, police check their records for any prior DUI convictions in the past ten years. Repeat offenders are more likely to cause a fatal DUI accident. In order to discourage repeat offenses, DUI penalties are greater for drivers with prior convictions.
VC 23153: When a driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol and causes an accident that leads to serious injury, they will face DUI with injury charges. According to the Century Council, in 2011 there were 774 fatal alcohol-impaired injures in California. Corona police want to make sure that none of those fatalities occur in their city. That is why judges will not hesitate to sentence jail time and steep fines for violators. From 2010 to 2013, the city of Corona has experienced 117 injuries due to DUI accidents. These charges can be either misdemeanor or felony depending on the driver's criminal history and the circumstances of the case.
VC 23152 (a): Just like alcohol, a driver under the influence of drugs or the combined influence of drugs and alcohol can be charged with DUI. Drug related DUI charges in Corona can result from prescription, over the counter or illegal drugs. The penalties for a drug DUI conviction are the same as those of an alcohol related offense. There are no legal limits to how much of a drug can cause impairment, so driving with any amount of a substance can lead to a DUI charge.
VC 23136: A driver who is under the age of 21 must abide by a zero tolerance drinking and driving policy in Corona. If a driver under the legal drinking age is found to have any measureable alcohol in their system, they will face at least 4 months of license suspension. If their BAC is over .08%, they will face penalties for a VC 23152 charge as well as license suspension under California's zero tolerance law VC 231536.
PC 191.5: When a DUI crash results in a fatality, the driver can sometimes face VC23153 charges and vehicular manslaughter charges under California's Penal Code. Corona takes fatal DUI accidents very seriously and are constantly working to stop impaired drivers before they cause an accident. During the period of 2010 to 2013, there was only 1 DUI related fatal accident in the city. A vehicular manslaughter suspect in Corona can expect to face the maximum sentence if convicted.
Criminal Courts in Corona
Riverside County Superior Court
505 S Buena Vista
Corona CA 92882
Corona DUI Defense Attorney
If you have been arrested for DUI in Corona, CA, call our office right away. Our attorneys know what it takes to get the results that you want. We have a diverse legal team that will go over your case and help you find the best defense. In many cases this is challenging the results of the sobriety tests. Our lawyers have vast experience fighting sobriety test results and understand all the ways that results can be invalid.
Call us now for a free consultation. Even if you are unsure what can be done to help you, an attorney will explain your defense options and the Corona DUI process.