Rancho Cucamonga DUI Lawyer
Any substance that impairs your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle can be the basis for a DUI arrest. Use of alcohol, marijuana, illegal drugs, and prescription drugs can all result in a DUI arrest. Berglund Law Office, P.C. is a law firm that specializes in defending persons arrested for DUI. DUI Attorney Robert D. Berglund vigorously represents his clients to ensure that they are treated fairly under the law and receive the best possible outcome in their cases. Call our office at (877) 203-4377 or fill out our CONTACT form today if you have been arrested for DUI in Rancho Cucamonga. If you were arrested on suspicion of driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher there will likely be two separate proceedings against you: a criminal case and a Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Administrative Per Se (APS) action.
Rancho DUI Charges Filed
If you are arrested for DUI in Rancho Cucamonga, involving either alcohol or drugs, criminal charges are likely to be filed against you. A DUI conviction can have a devastating impact on a person's life, adversely affecting employment, finances, child custody agreements, personal relationships, and freedom. Multiple DUI convictions can result in substantial jail time and, if you are not United States citizen, adverse immigration consequences.
Regardless of the arresting law enforcement agency, DUI arrests made within Rancho city limits will be filed at the Rancho Cucamonga Courthouse located at 8303 Haven Avenue. Parking at the courthouse is free. Do not go to court alone and represent yourself if you have been charged with DUI.
At the first court appearance, called the "arraignment," the Judge could set bail and take you into custody. If you are allowed to remain out of custody on your "own recognizance," or "OR," the Judge may order "OR conditions," such as requiring you to wear an alcohol monitoring device or to attend Alcoholics Anonymous classes. The San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office at the Rancho Courthouse (West Valley Division) aggressively prosecutes DUI cases and could seek jail time, even if this is your first DUI offense. It is much better to have an experienced Rancho Cucamonga DUI lawyer by your side if you are in this unfortunate situation.
10 Days to Request DMV Hearing
DUI should not be mistaken with a traffic infraction, such as speeding or running a red light. DUI is not only a criminal offense but it carries significant consequences to your driving privileges. If you were arrested on suspicion of DUI involving alcohol, the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, or California Highway Patrol officers likely confiscated your driver's license and issued a pink "temporary" license that is good for 30 days. However, you only have 10 days from the arrest date to request a DMV APS hearing from the DMV Driver Safety Office. If you fail to request an APS hearing, your driver's license will automatically be suspended upon expiration of the temporary license. How long the license remains suspended will depend on whether you have prior DUI offenses and how many. An experienced Rancho Cucamonga DUI Lawyer should be contacted as soon as possible following a DUI arrest to ensure that your driving privilege is protected.
You can be arrested for DUI if law enforcement officers believe that you are impaired by the use of alcohol, marijuana, illegal drugs, such as methamphetamine or heroin, or prescription drugs, such as vicodin. If law enforcement officers believe that your ability to drive has been impaired, a DUI investigation will be done. If you were observed driving recklessly, got into an accident, fail to perform well on the field sobriety tests, or show other signs of impairment, you will be placed under arrest for DUI.
The possible defenses to the charges vary depending on the type of case and the specific circumstances. In addition to listening to your recollection of the events of the incident, a good DUI Lawyer will thoroughly review the police report, review any and all available audio or video of the investigation and arrest, request all items of evidence that the San Bernardino County District Attorney will use against you, and consult with an expert to review breath and/or blood analysis records. A customized "game plan" to defend you will then be developed. CONTACT our office today for a free and confidential consultation if you are facing DUI charges.
DUI Enforcement in Rancho Cucamonga
Rancho Cucamonga is a suburban city located at the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and is part of the Inland Empire. Rancho Cucamonga is known as a family oriented and safe community with a low crime rate. To continue to keep the community safe, the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department is always on the lookout for DUI drivers that threaten the public safety. Along with the the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department and California Highway Patrol, its officers are always on the lookout for DUI drivers in Rancho Cucamonga, both on city streets and on the 210 and 15 freeways. Residents are told to call 911 to report suspected drunk drivers.
DUI checkpoints, such as the one recently conducted at Wilson Ave. and Hillside Cove, are common in Rancho Cucamonga, particularly in the neighborhoods surrounding Victoria Gardens, which is home to a number of restaurants and bars. Law enforcement officers watch patrons depart from these popular locations and are looking for bad driving that will provide them with a lawful reason to stop the vehicle. If they observe objective symptoms of impairment (odor of alcohol, slurred speech, red/watery eyes), a DUI investigation will be performed. DUI arrest reports are forwarded to the San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office for criminal prosecution. If you need a Rancho Cucamonga DUI Lawyer to defend you against DUI charges, CONTACT our office today.
Dedicated Rancho Cucamonga DUI Defense Lawyer
If you have been arrested for DUI, CONTACT our office today. Our DUI law firm is dedicated to representing those arrested for DUI. DUI Attorney Robert D. Berglund will personally speak with you about what happened. He will ask you to tell him your story and explain exactly what happened, understanding that each and every DUI case is unique in its own way. This information will allow him to evaluate your case carefully and look for any problems of proof that the prosecution may have in proving its DUI case against you. Do not delay if you are facing Rancho Cucamonga DUI charges, CONTACT our office today for a free and confidential consultation.