San Bernardino & Riverside drunk driving laws are very severe, even for a first-time offender. If you have been arrested and charge of a DUI in Riverside or San Bernardino, it is very important that you contact a DUI attorney that can help you through this difficult process. Being accused of drunk driving not only will have an affect on your driving license, it can also have legal implications and negative affects on your career. The San Bernardino and Riverside DUI attorneys at Greenberg & Greenberg represents clients in first offense DUI charges, multiple DUIs and even DMV hearings. Contact us today.
DUI Attorneys in San Bernardino & Riverside
Contact the San Bernardino & Riverside DUI attorneys at Greenberg & Greenberg online or by telephone at (951) 397-0003 if you were pulled over in Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Rubidoux, Moreno Valley, Jurupa Valley, Grand Terrace, Orange County, San Diego County, or on the UC Riverside campus. We have a solid record of safeguarding clients from the worst penalties, whether it is your first DUI arrest or your fourth. In a free consultation , our San Bernardino & Riverside DUI attorneys will discuss the facts of your case, the likely outcome and how we can help minimize the consequences.
Felony and Misdemeanor DUI Offenses in San Bernardino & Riverside
DUI is usually a misdemeanor crime, punishable by jail time, severe fines, suspension of license and other penalties. A fourth offense or a DUI resulting in an injury or death can be charged as a felony, with the possibility of a year or more in prison, license revocation and thousands of dollars in fines.
In San Bernardino & Riverside, a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 percent is considered legally drunk or a per se DUI. One can also be convicted of driving under the influence for a lower BAC based on erratic driving and other observations by the arresting officer. Intoxication by drugs (illegal narcotics or even prescription medications) can result in DUI charges. Underage drivers (those below age 21) can be charged for a BAC of .05, and commercial (CDL) drivers at .04 BAC.
What Are the Penalties for Drunk Driving?
A sentence for DUI conviction depends on the jurisdiction, the judge and the facts of the case. Jail time can be given for first offenders, especially if the driver was severely speeding, above .15 BAC, carrying a passenger 14 or younger, or involved in an accident. A first offense will commonly result in loss of license for four months or more, fines and court costs up to $1,500, and possibly community service. If you refuse a breathalyzer test, you will automatically lose your license for up to one year, regardless of the outcome of your criminal case. We represent clients in criminal court as well as administrative license hearings.
California has a 10-year “lookback,” resulting in enhanced penalties for a subsequent DUI conviction within that period. An alcohol-related driving charge can be viewed as a first DUI if you are subsequently picked up for a DUI. This second stop may be considered a second DUI. A second or third DUI is likely to result in jail time, steeper fines and loss of license. The judge can also require an ignition interlock on your vehicle.
Aggressive DUI Defense
As former Riverside County prosecutors with more than 40 years of experience in criminal defense, we know how to challenge the evidence in your drunk driving arrest to get charges dismissed if police violated your rights. Our San Bernardino & Riverside DUI lawyers will examine police reports and results of the Intoxilyzer, the blood test, and field sobriety tests, as well as the officer’s probable cause for the traffic stop. Our DUI attorneys strive for the best possible outcome, which may mean going to trial or negotiating a plea to a lesser offense.
Contact a DUI Lawyer Today!
If you have been charged with drunk driving and need a strong criminal defense, our San Bernardino & Riverside DUI lawyers are here to help. Contact us today online or by telephone at (951) 397-0003to speak with one of our knowledgeable San Bernardino & Riverside DUI attorneys. We offer free initial consultations and our phone is answered 24 hours per day. All calls are returned promptly.