Riverside remains one of the few counties in California to impose jail time systematically for first-time DUI offenders. That is why our Riverside DUI lawyers use every defense strategy available to get your charges reduced to a lesser offense or dismissed.
Below our Riverside DUI defense attorneys answer these frequently-asked-questions:
- 1. Do I lose my driver’s license?
- 2. What is the criminal DUI sentence in Riverside?
- 3. What is DUI School?
- 4. Who makes DUI arrests?
- 5. Where is the jail?
- 6. Where is the Riverside courthouse?
- 7. Who is Riverside DUI attorney Michael Scafiddi?
1. Do I lose my driver’s license?
California DUI law cases have two prongs: 1) The criminal case, and 2) The DMV case. Following a DUI arrest in Riverside, the police officer exchanges the defendant’s driver’s license with a pink, temporary license good for thirty days. Defendants then have ten days to contact the Department of Motor Vehicles to ask for a DMV hearing to contest the license suspension.
During the DMV hearing, the defendant’s criminal defense attorney can cross-examine witnesses and present evidence in an effort to show the defendant was not driving under the influence. Typical defenses are that the police did not administer the field sobriety tests correctly or that that the breathalyzer used for the chemical test was defective.
Note that even if defendants lose their DMV hearing, they may be able to continue driving with an ignition interlock device (IID) installed in their vehicle.
2. What is the criminal DUI sentence in Riverside?
Most of the penalties for a DUI conviction in Riverside are standard: Fines, probation, DUI school, and a license suspension. And defendants may be able to continue driving anywhere if they get an ignition interlock device (IID) installed.
However, Riverside courts also impose jail time. The sentencing is usually six to 10 days on a first DUI offense, 30 days on a second DUI offense, and at least 120 days in jail for third time DUI. People can usually serve the time as a work release rather than actually staying in a jail facility.
A good Riverside criminal defense lawyer can often negotiate with the prosecutor or judge to get jail time reduced or eliminated.
3. What is DUI School?
A standard sentence following a drunk driving conviction in California is a drug and alcohol education program. DUI school spans three to 30 months depending on the defendant’s blood alcohol content (BAC) and criminal history. Three of Riverside’s DUI schools are:
Williamson DUI School
5053 La Mart Dr #209
Riverside, CA 92507
The High Road Program
3579 Arlington Ave # 200
Riverside, CA 92506
Riverside Recovery Resources
3757 Elizabeth St.
Riverside, CA 92506
4. Who makes DUI arrests?
The Riverside Police Department usually conducts DUI arrests. The police department’s phone number is (951) 826-5700. And its three stations are located at:
10540 Magnolia Ave.
Riverside, CA 92505
4102 Orange St.
Riverside, CA 92501
8181 Lincoln Ave
Riverside, CA 92504
DUI arrests on the I-215 or SR-91 are often made by the California Highway Patrol.
5. Where is the jail?
Riverside DUI inmates are usually held at either of these jails:
Robert Presley Detention Center
4000 Orange Street
Riverside, CA 92501
Southwest Detention Center
30755-B Auld Road
Murrieta, CA 92563
Generally, drunk driving suspects in Riverside County get released from jail within a few hours of arrest. In a felony DUI, DUI with injury, or vehicular manslaughter case, inmates may be held in custody until posting bail.
Juveniles may be held at the Riverside Juvenile Hall, located at 3933 Harrison Street, Riverside, CA 92503. The phone number is (951) 358-4200.
6. Where is the Riverside courthouse?
Riverside DUI cases are heard in one of the following five courthouses:
Riverside Hall of Justice
4100 Main Street
Riverside, CA. 92501
Banning Justice Center
311 E. Ramsey Street
Banning, CA. 92220
265 N. Broadway
Blythe, CA. 92225
Larson Justice Center
46-200 Oasis Street
Indio, CA. 92201
Southwest Justice Center
30755-D Auld Road
Murrieta, CA. 92563
DUI cases are typically prosecuted by the Riverside District Attorney’s Office.
7. Who is Riverside DUI attorney Michael Scafiddi?
Riverside DUI defense lawyer Mike Scafiddi spent more than a decade as a police officer. In that role, he conducted hundreds of DUI stops, investigations and arrests. He knows the procedures Riverside County police are required to follow in drunk driving cases — and he can quickly identify it when they do not.
Riverside DUI attorney Mike Scafiddi is a certified drug recognition expert and has substantial experience in California DUI of Drugs cases, including DUI marijuana, DUI Ambien and DUI Vicodin. Defense lawyer Michael Scafiddi has testified as an expert witness in court as to whether DUI defendants were intoxicated at the time of driving.
If you or a loved one has been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, our Riverside DUI lawyers will do everything to achieve the best possible outcome in the case. Do not rely on a public defender. Our legal team includes former prosecutors, and we have years of experience in lessening your DUI charges or getting them thrown out while fighting to keep your driver’s license. Our top rated attorneys are also prepared to take your case all the way to trial.
Phone our Riverside Attorneys DUI Defense Office at (951) 734-1600 to schedule a free consultation.
Our criminal defense firm is located at:
4480 Main Street
Riverside, CA 92501
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