Crime in Moreno Valley
City-data.com shows Moreno Valley as having an average violent crime rate and a high property crime rate. In 2011, for example, the violent crime rate for the Moreno was 214.3 crimes/100,000 residents and the national average was 213.6. That same year, the property crime rate was 377.9 3 crimes/100,000 in Moreno Valley and 273.7 nationally.
The Moreno Valley police website boasts that is has been recognized for its traffic safety enforcement and the traffic enforcement team has won several honors for their work. They have even been recognized by drunk driving action group Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) for their enforcement of DUI laws. This means officers are always looking for signs or DUI through DUI Sobriety Checkpoints, DUI Warrant Sweeps and DUI Saturation Patrols. This can be a good thing for keeping drivers safe, but can also lead to overzealous officers that are quick to accuse drivers of DUI. In 2011, 10,003 people were arrested in Riverside County for suspicion of DUI.
Moreno Valley Criminal Courts
Riverside Hall of Justice
4100 Main Street
Riverside, CA 92501
Hours: Mon – Fri 7:30 am to 4:00 pm
Moreno Valley DUI Charges
First DUI: For many people a DUI arrest is their first time in trouble with the law. In 2010, almost 74% of DUI convictions in Riverside County were for first time DUI offenders. If you have been arrested for DUI and are uncertain what to do next, call a Moreno Valley DUI lawyer right now. We can explain everything and walk you through the entire process.
Repeat DUI Offenses: For every previous DUI conviction you have, your sentence for a subsequent DUI conviction will be increased. In 2010, 97.7% of all second DUI offenders in Riverside County were sentenced to some jail time. Habitual violators can even be charged with felony DUI or can be sentenced to 5 years in jail.
Felony DUI: The majority of DUI crimes are misdemeanors, but some special cases can lead to felony charges. Felonies are the most serious charges and the consequences of a felony conviction are far reaching. Once you are a convicted felon, you can be overlooked for school admissions and career opportunities. In 2011, only 1.7% of all DUI arrests in Riverside County were for felony DUI charges.
Commercial DUI: The BAC limit for a commercial license driver is .04%; that is .04% lower than the regular limit. This means that it is much easier for a commercial license driver to get arrested for DUI and lose his/her license than it is for an average driver and commercial offenders are not eligible for restricted licenses either.
DUI Accidents: After a serious accident, BAC levels are often checked by all drivers involved. If you are found to be under the influence and have caused an accident, the charges against you will be even harsher.
Underage DUI: Drivers under the age of 21 can be charged with juvenile DUI even if they only have a small amount of alcohol in their system under California's zero tolerance policy. Juvenile DUI can result in license suspension and even a fine.
Drugs and DUI: Just like alcohol, you can be charged with a DUI for drug impairment. Illegal and prescription drug intoxication is a lot harder to measure than alcohol and the results of a blood test can be open to interpretation. In 2010, 16.5% of serious vehicle accidents in Riverside County involved drug impairment of some level.
Out of State DUI: California is a popular tourist and business destination. This means that visitors can also be charged with DUI. A lawyer can help you and limit the number of trips you have to make back to the state.
Moreno Valley DUI Defenses
We want you to know that you have options. Just because you are arrested for a DUI charge in Moreno Valley does not mean that you are guilty and deserve to be punished. Even if you feel that the evidence against you is overwhelming, we can help you build a defense by examining your case and challenging the prosecution's evidence. The criminal defense attorneys at our firm are made up of lawyers from all kinds of backgrounds. Among our team we have former police officers, former district attorneys and more. Our team has an in depth understanding of DUI law and we use our knowledge to find your best defense.
A DUI conviction can result in serious jail time, steep fines and more. You can face license suspension that can seriously affect your life. A DUI lawyer can help you apply for a limited driving permit so that you can still commute to school or work and medical visits. Every DUI case is different, so call us now for a free consultation and find out more about what a defense attorney can do for you.