Criminal Charges in Riverside County
Thirty law enforcement agencies in Riverside County work together to enforce DUI and other alcohol and drug related laws. This effort is called “Avoid the Thirty” and involves such practices as sobriety checkpoints and patrol officers dedicated to spotting drivers exhibiting signs of intoxication. These efforts have proven to be very effective at making DUI arrests. According to data from the California DMV's annual report, together with Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange and San Bernardino counties, Riverside County helps make up 52.1% of all DUI arrests in the State.
Riverside County's Sheriff Department is made up of ten stations through the county including:
- Jurupa Valley
- Moreno Valley
- Lake Elsinore
- Palm Desert
- Colorado River
Riverside County DUI Charges
There are many situations that can lead to a DUI arrest. In 2011, there were 10,003 DUI arrests in Riverside County alone. The most important action to take an arrest is to call a qualified DUI lawyer right away. Your attorney can help you build a strong defense and fight hard to get the results that you want. Some of the most common DUI charges that we see include:
First DUI – Even a first time DUI can result in steep penalties including jail time. In 2010, 96.9% of all offenders convicted of a first time DUI in the County were sentenced to some jail time. You should never assume that your sentence will be light because you have no prior criminal record.
Second DUI – If you are arrested for DUI in Riverside County and have any prior DUI convictions in California or in any state, you should know that your sentence will be steeper. In fact, you can even receive jail time and a year if license suspension for a second DUI conviction. In 2010, 20% of DUI arrests were for second offenders.
Third DUI – For every prior DUI conviction that you have on your record, each new DUI charge will be even more severe. Judges look to crack down on repeat DUI offenders so they will not hesitate to give you the maximum penalty.
DUI and Drugs – Just like alcohol, DUI arrests can result from driving while intoxicated by drugs too. It is illegal to operate a vehicle while under the influence of illegal, prescription, and even over the counter drugs. In 2010 over 15% of all DUI accidents that resulted in fatal or serious injury in the County involved drugs of some sort. These charges can be difficult to fight because there is no ‘safe' level of impairment.
Felony DUI – The majority of DUI offenses are charged as misdemeanors but there are certain circumstances that can lead to felony DUI charges. In 2011, for example 1.7% of DUI charges in Riverside County were for felonies. Factors like causing serious injury or multiple prior DUI convictions can lead to felony DUI charges.
DUI Accidents – When a serious accident occurs, Riverside County police test the BAC of all drivers involved. If you are ruled as intoxicated, you can be held responsible for the accident as well as any damage or injuries that occurred. In 2010 there were 385 serious DUI accidents in the County. Serious injuries can even result in felony DUI or vehicular manslaughter charges.
Underage DUI – Drivers under the legal drinking age of 21 must abide by a zero tolerance drinking and driving policy. If you are stopped by police in Riverside County with any amount of alcohol in your system, you can and will be charged with underage DUI.
Riverside County Criminal Courts
135 N. Alessandro Road
Banning, CA 92220
265 N. Broadway
Blythe, CA 92225
Indio Annex Office
82-675 State Highway 111
Indio, CA 92201
Larson Justice Center
46-200 Oasis Street
Indio, CA 92201
Riverside Hall of Justice
4100 Main Street
Riverside, CA 92501
Southwest Justice Center
30755-D Auld Road
Murrieta, CA 92563
DUI Defense Lawyer in Riverside County
Riverside County is one of the fastest growing counties in the U.S. and is currently the 4th most populous county in California. Increasing population also means increasing police presence watching for potential DUI drivers. If you have been arrested for DUI in California, call our office right away. The best way to get the results that you want is to call an experienced DUI lawyer. The sooner you call, the sooner we can start building a strong defense for you.
A DUI arrest can lead to serious consequences like community service, fines, probation, DUI driving classes and even jail time. If aggravating factors are present, the penalties can be even worse. In addition, there are several circumstances that can lead to license suspension. If you have been accused of driving under the influence in Riverside County and are concerned about the penalties, call us now for a free consultation and to find out more.