Criminal Charges in Pasadena
The city of Pasadena has a crime rate that is lower than the national average. According to City-Data.com, both property crimes and violent crimes are lower than the average for the Country. Property crimes such as auto thefts, burglaries and thefts are some of the most common offenses with 1,717 thefts per 100,000 people reported in 2011. Violent crimes like murder and rape have decreased in the past few years.
One offense that police continue to make arrests for regardless of the crime rate is DUI. DUI or driving under the influence is a crime that Pasadena police are constantly looking to enforce. The Pasadena Police website lists the variety of tactics that officers use to make arrests, including:
- Sobriety Checkpoints
- Proactive Driving while Under the Influence (DUI) Patrols
- DUI Task Force Operations w/Bordering Agencies
- DUI Cost Recovery Programs - You will be charged for all activities related to your Drunk Driving arrest/accident
Pasadena Criminal Courts
The criminal courts in Pasadena hear cases that involve the following offenses:
- Infractions such as violations of California's zero tolerance policy
- Misdemeanors such as 23152 DUI charges
- Felonies like vehicular homicide charges
These courts seat juries unless the defendant waives their right to a trial by jury.
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DUI Charges in Pasadena
According to section 23152 V.C., if a person operates a vehicle while impaired by drugs, alcohol or a combination of the two, they will face DUI charges. In 2010 there were 838 DUI people convicted of DUI in Pasadena. Of those, the majority had not been convicted of DUI before. This is an important distinction to make because the more prior convictions a person has, the more serious their penalties will be.
After a driver is arrested on suspicion of DUI, their criminal history will be reviewed for the past ten years. If they had previously been convicted of DUI or a wet reckless, they will face a repeat DUI offense and will be subject to steeper fines and longer jail or probation periods. 23.5% of all DUI convictions in Pasadena in 2010 were for repeat DUI offenders. Lawmakers feel that repeat offenders are more of a danger to others and are more likely to impose
Drugs and DUI
DUI arrests can occur from alcohol intoxication as well as drug intoxication. Drug impairment is more difficult to evaluate. Police in Pasadena are trained to spot signs of drug impairment such as slurred speech, droopy eyelids, dilated pupils and more.
Under 21 DUI
Pasadena has a zero tolerance DUI policy for drivers under the age of 21. Any driver under 21 with any measurable amount of alcohol in their system will face license suspension and, in some cases, a fine. In 2011, .5% of DUI arrests in California were juvenile, but if an underage driver's blood-alcohol level is below .08%, they will only be charged with a civil offense.
Under section 23153 V.C., a driver who is under the influence and causes an accident that leads to injury, they face penalties including up to one year in jail, 3 years of license suspension and more. A 23153 violation can be either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the situation. If a life was lost, vehicular manslaughter may be charged instead or in addition.
If a driver has three or more prior DUI convictions in a ten year period or the driver caused an accident that lead to serious injury or death, they will face felony DUI charges. Prosecutors in Pasadena are not afraid to place these charges on serious violators. In 2010, 18 people were convicted of felony DUI in Pasadena.
When a DUI accident results in death, vehicular manslaughter charges may result. In order for these charges to be placed, three things must be true, the driver was DUI, the driver was caused an accident that resulted in death, and the driver displayed reckless driving as well.
Pasadena DUI Defense Lawyer
The key to winning any criminal case is to build a solid defense. In DUI, an attorney must establish doubt. Whether it is doubt that their client was impaired, doubt that their clients was the cause of the accident or doubt that their client was under the influence at all, an experienced lawyer can challenge the prosecution's evidence in order to get the jury to doubt their client's guilt.
If you have been arrested for DUI, call our office right away. Our attorneys have experience and established relationships with in Pasadena courts. We know what it takes to win cases for our clients. Call us now for a free consultation and to find out more about what our lawyers can do for you.