Crime in Santa Barbara County
According to city-data.com, the crime rate in Santa Barbara County is slightly below the national average. Violent crimes are low compared to the rest of country and property crimes are only slightly lower than average. The most common crimes in the county are thefts and burglaries. In 2011, there were approximately 2,374.5 thefts per 100,000 people. Your chances of becoming a victim of a crime in Santa Barbara County are approximately 1 in 274.
Every year Santa Barbara police make a special effort to seek out and make arrests for drivers who are operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol. A driver is considered intoxicated if any of the following factors are present:
- The driver exhibits any signs of impairment
- The driver was operating the vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or more
- The driver was operating the vehicle with any measurable amount of drugs in their system
In the past few years, there has been a decrease in the number of DUI arrests made in the County. In fact, according to the 2011 DUI report by the California DMV, there was a 15.9% decrease in DUI arrests from 2010 to 2011. In 2011 there were 2,289 total DUI arrests.
Santa Barbara County Courts
Santa Barbara Superior Court
118 E. Figueroa Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
115 Civic Center Plaza
Lompoc, CA 93436-6967
Santa Maria Division
312-M East Cook Street
Santa Maria, CA 93456-5165
1745 Mission Drive, Suite C
Solvang, CA 93463-3605
Santa Barbara County DUI Charges
First DUI: If a driver is arrested in Santa Barbara County for driving while intoxicated by drugs or alcohol, they will be charged with DUI. After an arrest police look at the suspect's criminal record for the past ten years. If they have no prior DUI convictions, the crime will be considered a first offense. Statistics show that men are over 3 times more likely to be arrested for DUI than women are in the County.
Repeat DUI: Statistics have shown that repeat DUI offenders are more likely to cause a serious accident. The more prior DUI convictions that a person has in a ten year period, the more serious the penalties will be. In 2010, the recidivism rate for first time offenders in Santa Barbara County was 4.1%. In order to deter repeat offenders, prosecutors push for severe penalties as well as substance abuse treatment for all DUI offenders in the County.
Underage DUI: Drivers who are under the legal drinking age can face charges for operating a vehicle with any amount of alcohol in their system. If they are under the age and have a BAC over .08%, an underage driver will face penalties for DUI and drinking underage. There were 11 juvenile DUI arrests in Santa Barbara County in 2011. This amounts to only about .5% of all DUI arrests.
Drugs and DUI: DUI arrests can happen to drivers who are under the influence of drugs as well as alcohol. In recent years, police have noticed an increase in these types of charges. In 2010 16.7% of Santa Barbara County DUI related accidents resulted from drug intoxication. 4.8% of arrests resulted from a combination of drug and alcohol intoxication.
Felony DUI: When a driver has a history of serious DUI convictions or causes a very serious accident, they can face a charge for a felony DUI offense. In 2011, 2% of DUI arrests in Santa Barbara County resulted in felony DUI charges. Though this number is low, it shows that drivers can face these charges. A felony DUI conviction can result in $5,000 in fines and over 6 years of incarceration.
DUI Accidents: When a driver is under the influence and they cause an accident leading to injury or death, they can face serious penalties such as felony charges. 2.2% of DUI crashes were caused by first time offenders in 2010 in Santa Barbara County. .3% of accidents were caused by 2nd time DUI offenders. In order to limit the number of serious DUI related accidents, prosecution looks to punish repeat offenders to the fullest extent of the law.
DUI Attorney in Santa Barbara
In 2010 there was a 76.1% DUI conviction rate in Santa Barbara County.Prosecutors in the County push to charge most DUI suspects instead of offering plea bargains or reduced charges. The best way of avoiding the penalties of a DUI is to avoid conviction altogether. Our attorneys will work hard to get you the results that you want. Every DUI case has defense options, but not all DUI lawyers are willing to fight like we are. Call us now for a free consultation and you will speak to an experienced California DUI professional who will answer all of you questions.