Crime in Ventura County
Ventura County has a slightly higher crime rate than average for California. Violent crimes are slightly below both the national average and the average for the rest of the state whereas property crimes are above both averages. According to data from the Sheriff's Department domestic violence and property crimes are the most commonly reported crimes in the County. In 2012 there were 5,263 reports of property crimes including burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft.
Another big area of concern in Ventura County is DUI. A driver can be arrested for DUI in California for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Though the number of DUI arrests in the county has decreased over the past few years, in 2011 there were still 4,182 DUI arrests made, that is about .8% of license drivers in the county. Police reported a 12.5% decrease in DUI arrest between 2010 and 2011 in the county. Whether that was due to less intoxicated drivers or less enforcement is unknown.
Ventura County Criminal Courts
Ventura Government Center
Hall of Justice, Room 118 800
South Victoria Ave
Ventura CA 93009
Tel (805) 654-2611
The Criminal/Traffic Department at the Ventura Courthouse is open from 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM Monday through Friday. The Walk-Up Express Window is open for payments until 6:45 PM.
Simi Valley East County Courthouse
3855-F Alamo Street
Simi Valley, CA 93063
Tel (805) 654-2611
The East County Courthouse office is open on Mondays and Tuesdays only. The Walk-up Express Window is open for payments Monday through Friday until 4:30 PM.
Oxnard Juvenile Courthouse
4353 E. Vineyard Ave.
Oxnard, CA 93036
Tel (805) 981-5977
You can make a payment at the Juvenile Courthouse from 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM Monday through Friday.
Criminal Charges in Ventura County
First DUI – The majority of DUI arrests in Ventura County are for first time offenders. In order to discourage a repeat offense, prosecutors look to get convictions with steep penalties. 2.4% of first time offenders were sentenced to IID installation in 2010 and 95.7% served some jai time.
Repeat DUI – After a driver is arrested for driving under the influence, police look at their criminal record for past DUI convictions. In California, police are allowed to look back 10 years. In 2010 there were 788 2nd time DUI offenders in Ventura County. Repeat offenders are sentenced to longer incarceration periods and steeper fines as well as substance treatment programs and IID device installation.
Juvenile DUI – Minors under the age of 21 cannot drink and drive at all. California has a zero tolerance policy for underage drivers. Though it is not a criminal offense, driving with a BAC of .01% to .05% when you are under age can lead to license suspension of one year. A driver with a BAC over .08% will be charged with DUI regardless of their age. .7% of DUI arrests in 2011 in Ventura County were juveniles.
Felony DUI – In cases where a DUI driver causes severe injury or death or in cases where a DUI driver has a long history of substance abuse and driving offenses, felony DUI charges can occur. Though these situations don't happen very often, 2011 2.7% of all DUI arrests were charged as felonies.
DUI Accidents – If a driver is under the influence and causes a serious accident, this is charged as a DUI that causes injury. If a life is lost, a DUI charge can instead become a vehicular manslaughter charge. In 2010 2.5% of first time offenders ended up causing an accident within one year of their arrest.
Drug Related DUI – Drivers can be arrested for driving under the influence of drugs instead of alcohol or a combination of the two. In 2010 14% of fatal DUI accidents were caused by drivers under the influence of drugs.
Ventura County DUI Attorney
Ventura County has a very high DUI conviction rate. In 2010 it was 84.5%. In addition, no DUI cases were reduced to reckless driving charges. This means that Ventura prosecutors do not offer plea bargains in exchange for reduced sentencing like many other counties do.
The attorneys at our firm will stop at nothing to fight for you. We have lawyers from various backgrounds who understand what it takes to beat a DUI charge. One of the main strategies involves questioning the evidence against you. We make the prosecution prove that the police stop was lawful and that the sobriety test results were accurate. If there is something evidence against you that cannot be backed up 100%, it becomes weak. The weaker the evidence, the more likely you are to have your charges reduced. If you have been arrested for DUI, you still have defense options so call us now for a free consultation.