Our Rancho Cucamonga & Ontario DUI lawyers fight tirelessly to keep you out of jail, reinstate your driver’s license, and get your drunk driving charges reduced to reckless driving or dismissed. Nearly always we win favorable resolutions without the time and expense of trial.
On this page, our California DUI defense attorneys provide general information about Rancho Cucamonga drunk driving procedures and what we can do:
- 1. Will the police take my driver’s license?
- 2. What is the standard sentence?
- 3. What is Rancho Cucamonga DUI School?
- 4. Who makes DUI arrests in Rancho Cucamonga?
- 5. Where is the jail?
- 6. Where is the Rancho Cucamonga DUI courthouse?
- 7. Who is Rancho Cucamonga DUI lawyer John Murray?
1. Will the police take my driver’s license?
Most people do not realize that a DUI arrest results in not only a criminal case but also a DMV case. When defendants are booked for drunk driving, the officer will confiscate their California driver’s license and replace it with a temporary one that is good for only thirty days. Then they have only ten days from the date of the arrest to formally request a DMV hearing to contest the driver’s license suspension.
It is vital defendants hire a Rancho Cucamonga DUI lawyer right away to request the hearing and handle all the matters related to it, including producing evidence and flagging down witnesses. And for first-time DUI defendants, losing the DMV hearing is not catastrophic – the DMV usually permits them to continue driving during the suspension period with an ignition interlock device (IID).
2. What is the standard sentence?
A first-time Rancho Cucamonga misdemeanor DUI case involves two charges: 1) DUI under Vehicle Code 23152(a), and 2) Driving with Excessive Blood Alcohol Content under Vehicle Code 23152(b). Penalties usually include the following:
- fines of $390 to over $1,000
- at least three years of informal (“summary”) probation
- about a six-month driver’s license suspension (though defendants should be able to continue driving without restrictions if they agree to get an ignition interlock device installed)
- DUI School
- two days to six months in jail, which we can usually get suspended
Penalties for second or third DUIs are stricter, including mandatory jail time, higher fines, lengthy alcohol education programs, and required ignition interlock devices in the vehicle. And California DUIs causing injury or death are felonies, which carry prison sentences.
These matters tend to drag out in court for up to a year, which gives us ample time to research the facts of your case, build up the most favorable defense for you, and negotiate with prosecutors. During this time, we can appear on your behalf for every court appearance (usually).
3. What is Rancho Cucamonga DUI school?
Unless the case gets dismissed, a California judge will always order that defendants convicted of DUI complete at least three months of DUI School. One such school located in Rancho Cucamonga is the Valley Improvement Programs, Inc., which offers both a First Offender program as well as an Eighteen-month program (typically for second and third DUIs).
Their phone number is (909) 987-4036, and their address is 8540 Archibald Ave, Ste. A., Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730.
4. Who makes DUI arrests in Rancho Cucamonga?
Drunk driving suspects are typically apprehended by officers with the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department. The law enforcement station is located at 10510 Civic Center Dr, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730, and reachable at (909) 477-2800.
5. Where is the jail?
If you are arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in Rancho Cucamonga, you will likely be booked at the West Valley Detention Center, located at 9500 Etiwanda Ave., Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739. The phone number is (909) 708-8371.
6. Where is the Rancho Cucamonga DUI courthouse?
Drunk driving cases are typically handled in Department R-1 of the Rancho Cucamonga Courthouse, located at 8303 N. Haven Ave., Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730. It is reachable at (909) 481-4270. Defendants can find information about DUI Schools and other court programs at the front desk on the first floor.
All Rancho Cucamonga DUI charges are brought by the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.
7. Who is Rancho Cucamonga DUI lawyer John Murray?
Featured on FOX News as an expert legal commentator, Rancho Cucamonga DUI defense attorney John Murray has defended well over a thousand driving under the influence cases and has succeeded in having many of them dismissed or reduced to reckless driving or simple traffic infractions. As well as having a proven track record of aggressively negotiating with prosecutors, he is also an experienced trial attorney and has argued numerous DUI matters in front of California judges and juries.
Sometimes Rancho Cucamonga DUI cases can be thrown out entirely based on police misconduct, and Rancho Cucamonga criminal defense lawyer John Murray knows exactly what to look for. Having received advanced training in operating breathalyzer machines and administering field sobriety tests, John Murray has been exposed to the mistakes police frequently make when testing and arresting a DUI suspect: He takes advantage of this insider knowledge to strategically investigate the facts of your case, find holes in the state’s evidence, and weaken their arguments against you.
If you get arrested for driving drunk, our Rancho Cucamonga CA DUI attorneys are here to try to lower or throw out your charges, ensure you stay out of custody, and let you keep your driver’s license. We are also prepared to take your case to trial. Phone our Rancho Cucamonga Attorneys DUI Defense Office at (909) 483-2814 to schedule a free consultation. Our law office is located at:
3281 E Guasti Rd
Ontario, CA 91761
Our criminal defense attorneys have years of experience serving DUI / DWI clients in Los Angeles County, Claremont, Upland, Fontana, Riverside, Orange County, San Bernardino County, West Covina, Inland Empire, Ontario, and elsewhere in north, central, and southern California state.
We defend against all types of charges, from traffic tickets and drug crimes to sex crimes and white collar crimes. Our legal team practices personal injury, estate planning, family law as well as criminal defense law and domestic violence.
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