Oxnard DUI Crime Data
If a driver is accused of driving a vehicle while intoxicated by drugs or alcohol, this is called DUI and it is a crime. In Oxnard, police focus heavily on DUI enforcement. According to the 2010 annual report, they regularly receive grant money to fund DUI enforcement. From 2008 to 2010 they conducted 57 checkpoints in the city and 133 saturation patrols. They also deploy two officers every weekend night who patrol for DUI drivers. In 2010, these patrol made 915 DUI arrests and traffic officers made another 206 arrests.
DUI charges can lead to a lot of negative consequences like jail time and license suspension. In fact, even if you are not convicted of a DUI offense you may still get your license suspended. You only have 10 days after an arrest to request a DMV Hearing. This hearing is your only chance to challenge the administrative license suspension process. It is important to call an attorney as soon as you are arrested for any type of DUI crime.
The city of Oxnard is located in Ventura County. There are two criminal courts that serve Ventura County. They are located:
Ventura Government Center
800 South Victoria Ave.
Ventura CA 93009
Tel (805) 654-2611
Simi Valley East County Courthouse, South Side 3
855-F Alamo Street
Simi Valley, CA 93063
Tel (805) 654-2611
The Oxnard DUI Process
This first step in the DUI process is the arrest. If you are stopped by police and found to have a BAC over the legal limit, you will be taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence. You can either be pulled over by the police for a driving error or mistake or stopped at a sobriety checkpoint. The police officer must have a valid reason for stopping you.
The next step is the arraignment. This is the first time you will appear in front of a judge where you will be read your charges and you must enter an initial plea. If you plea ‘guilty' you will be sentenced at the judge's discretion. This means that you have no control over how you will be penalized and can end up with jail time, steep fines and more.
The final step is the trial. When you have a strong defense strategy your charges may be reduced, dismissed or you may be offered a deal. These options allow you to get the results that are much better than pleading guilty but do not take all the time and energy of going to trial.
DUI Charges in Oxnard
- Repeat DUI: When a person is arrested for suspicion of DUI in Oxnard, police will check their criminal record to see if they have any prior convictions. If police find a suspect has been convicted of a DUI related offense in the last ten years, that suspect will face stricter sentencing.
- Commercial DUI: Commercial license drivers have a different set of DUI laws. First of all, commercial drivers have a legal BAC limit of 0.04%. A person convicted of DUI on a commercial license is subject to 2 years of license suspension and is not eligible for a restricted license.
- Felony DUI: Certain circumstances such as causing serious injury or death or repeat DUI offenses can lead to serious felony DUI charges. Felony offenses are the most serious charges a person can receive.
- DUI and Drugs: DUI charges do not just apply to alcohol. If you are driving impaired by illegal or prescription drugs you can face a DUI arrest as well. Oxnard police work to crack down on drug crimes of any type as well as DUI. They will not hesitate to make an arrest for suspicion of drug DUI.
- DUI Accident: If you are driving drunk and cause an accident, the charges will be even more severe than DUI alone. From 2008 to 2010, the number if DUI accidents in Oxnard was 217. If you cause injury or death, you could even face a felony DUI.
Oxnard DUI Defense Lawyer
If you have been charged with any of these crimes or any other type of Oxnard DUI charge, contact our office right away. We work hard for our clients in order to build them strong defenses. We believe that every case is defensible and our lawyers work to expose any area of weakness in the prosecution's case. Very often this means challenging the evidence against you such as the accuracy of sobriety testing.
When it comes to your future, you should do everything in your power to protect it. This means getting the best legal representation in order to fight the charges and get the best results possible. A DUI can have many consequences that affect your life for years to come. Make sure you stand up for your rights and get an Oxnard attorney from our firm. Call us now for a free consultation.