Pomona Criminal Statistics
According to the criminal statistics on city-data.com, Pomona has a higher than average crime rate. Though the crime rate has decreased in the past few years, both the violent crime rate and the property crime rate are higher than the national averages. In 2011 there were approximately 54 rapes and 11 murders reported in the city. 48% of the criminal offenses reported were for theft and 18 % were burglaries.
Pomona police work hard to lower the number of crimes committed. They also work to enforce DUI laws. DUI stands for Driving Under the Influence of alcohol or drugs. Police commonly patrol to look for drivers who are exhibiting signs of intoxication. In 2010, there were over 1,236 DUI convictions in Pomona.
Pomona DUI Charges
If you are stopped by police or cause an accident in Pomona and are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you will face charges for DUI. When police make an arrest, the first thing that they do is look at the suspect's criminal record for any prior DUI convictions. In California, police can look back on your record for ten years. If you have any prior DUI convictions, the penalties will be greater. Because repeat offenders are more likely to cause fatal accidents, prosecutors will push to give them the most serious sentences.
Felony DUI Offenses
If a person has 3 or more prior DUI convictions in a ten year period, they can face felony charges. A DUI accident that leads to serious injury or even death can also result in felony DUI charges. In 2010 there were 28 felony DUI charges in the city. Felony offenses lead to the most serious penalties and once you are convicted of felony DUI, all future DUI charges will be felonies as well.
Under 21 DUI Offenses
Pomona has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to DUI. That means that a driver who is under the legal drinking age can face an infraction for operating a vehicle with any detectable alcohol in their system. If the underage driver is under the influence of drugs or has a BAC over .08%, they will face regular DUI charges as well as a violation of the zero tolerance policy.
Pomona DUI Penalties
Judges and D.A.s are eager to give harsh sentences to DUI offenders, especially repeat offenders. In 2010, 333 people were arrested for a repeat DUI offense in Pomona. Of those, over 86% served some jail time. 94% of all Pomona DUI offenders were given some probation in 2010.
A first time DUI offense can result in:
- 96 hours to 6 months of jail time
- A fine between $390 and $1,000
- 6 months of license suspension
- 30 to 60 hours of alcohol or drug education (30 hours if your BAC was less than .20% and 60 hours if it was over)
- Informal Probation
Sentences for a second DUI in Pomona result in:
- 90 days to one year of jail time
- Fines of $390 to $1000
- Mandatory DUI school attendance
- Loss of your driver's license for up to 2 years
- Car impoundment for up to 30 days
For third, fourth or any subsequent offenses, the penalties will include more jail time and higher fines. Too many convictions will also result in license revocation.
Criminal Court in Pomona
The criminal courts in Pomona hear all infractions, misdemeanors, and felonies. When a person is accused of a crime in the U.S., they have a right to a trial by jury. All jury trials are heard in these courts as well as cases involving warrants and petitions, and grand jury indictments.
East District Court Pomona Courthouse South
400 Civic Center Plaza
Pomona, CA 91766
East District Court Pomona Courthouse North
350 West Mission Blvd.
Pomona, CA 91766
Pomona DUI Defense Attorney
There are many defenses to DUI charges. One of the most common defenses is to challenge the evidence against you. Whether it is that the police stop was unlawful or the sobriety test results were no accurate, doubt can be established about your guilt. If there is a strong enough defense that the prosecution fears they may not win in trial, they will offer a plea bargain. Often, this involves offering reduced charges in exchange for a guilty plea. These types of deals are not that common, so you wil need a strong defense. Only 43 DUI offenders were a given reckless driving reduction in Pomona in 2010.
If you have been arrested for DUI, call us right away. In most cases, you only have ten days to request a DMV Hearing in order to fight automatic license suspension. An attorney can help you request such a hearing and walk you through the entire process. When you call our firm and speak to a lawyer, your questions will be answered and your mind put at ease. Call us now for a free consultation.