Victor Valley DUI Lawyer
Berglund Law Office, P.C. is a law firm that specializes in defending persons arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. 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. If you have been arrested for DUI in Victorville, Apple Valley, Hesperia, Adelanto, Phelan, or anywhere in the Victor Valley, it is best not to go to court alone and represent yourself. Call our office toll free today at (877) 203-4377 or submit our email CONTACT form to speak with an experienced DUI lawyer.
DUI ENFORCEMENT IN THE HIGH DESERT
The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department - Victorville Station has jurisdiction in the city of Victorville. Along with the California Highway Patrol, its deputies actively patrol for Victorville DUI drivers, both on city streets and on the 15 freeway. The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department has zero tolerance for DUI drivers. DUI arrest reports from Victorville are forwarded to the San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office for criminal prosecution. If you need a Victorville DUI Lawyer to defend you against DUI charges, CONTACT our office today.
DUI checkpoints are conducted frequently in Victorville and throughout the High Desert, particularly along Bear Valley Road and Hesperia Road, two of the busiest thoroughfares within the Victor Valley. Main Street in Hesperia and Highway 18 in Apple Valley are also frequent locations for checkpoints. In addition to looking for drunk drivers, police are increasingly checking drivers for the effects of marijuana and other drugs, including prescription drugs with significant side effects. The checkpoints are routinely announced in advance as a deterrent to people who might drink or use marijuana or other drugs and then get behind the wheel.
DUI Saturation Patrols
DUI saturation patrols are conducted throughout the Victor Valley, especially on weekend evenings. Saturation patrols involve law enforcement deploying additional police officers to targeted roadways during select time periods to detect and apprehend impaired drivers. Officers look for driving behavior that be evidence of impairment, such as reckless or aggressive driving, following too closely, weaving between lanes, speeding and/or driving too slowly. It is common for saturation patrols to be in effect in the areas around nightclubs and bars on weekend nights.
ONLY 10 DAYS TO CONTACT DMV
If you were arrested on suspicion of DUI involving alcohol with a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater there will also be a Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) administrative action taken against your driver's license. This is in addition to likely criminal charges. If your DUI involved alcohol, the 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. You must contact the DMV within 10 days from the arrest date to request an Administrative Per Se (APS) hearing from the DMV Driver Safety Office. Victorville DUI hearings are held at the San Bernardino Driver Safety Office.
Automatic License Suspension
If you fail to request an APS hearing, your driver's license will automatically be suspended 30 days from the arrest date (upon expiration of the temporary license). How long the license remains suspended will depend on a number of factors, including whether you have prior DUI offenses, whether you refused to submit to a breath or blood test, and whether someone was injured or killed as a result of this DUI offense. An experienced Victorville DUI Lawyer should be contacted as soon as possible following a DUI arrest to ensure that your driving privilege is protected and to represent you at the APS hearing. Call us toll free at (877) 203-4377 or submit our CONTACT form today.
TYPES OF DUI CASES IN THE HIGH DESERT
You can be arrested for DUI involving alcohol, illegal drugs, marijuana, or prescription drugs. If CHP officers or Sheriff's Department deputies believe that your ability to drive has been impaired, they will either request or order you to participate in a DUI investigation. 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.
Defenses in a DUI Case
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's Office may use against you in court, and consult with an expert to review breath and/or blood analysis records. An experienced Victorville DUI Lawyer understands that each DUI case is unique in its own way and will develop a customized "game plan" specific to your case to best defend you.
DUI CHARGES FILED
If you are arrested for DUI in Victorville, a criminal complaint will be filed against you unless the prosecutor declines to file the case due to insufficient evidence. Whether or not it is a felony or misdemeanor will depend on a number of factors, including whether the driver has any prior offenses and whether there was a vehicle accident in which someone was injured or killed. Both felony and misdemeanor Victorville DUI cases will be filed at the Victorville Courthouse, located at 14455 Civic Drive in Victorville. A DUI conviction can have a devastating impact on a person's life, adversely affecting employment, finances, child custody agreements, and freedom. Do not go to court alone and represent yourself if you have been charged with DUI.
VICTOR VALLEY DUI CRACKDOWN
The city of Victorville is located in San Bernardino County, in the High Desert. It is part of the Victor Valley, which also includes Apple Valley, Hesperia, and Adelanto. Victorville has a population of over 100,000 people. With the steady increase in population over the past 25 years, crime rates have risen. DUI crashes, including one recently in Hesperia where a suspected drunk driver crashed into an elderly couple's home, are a serious concern. Law enforcement officers are committed to reversing the trend of increasing crime. The Sheriff's Department will actively patrol patrons departing Johnny Fingers Sports Bar in Victorville, the Cadillac Ranch in Apple Valley, and other restaurants and bars looking for intoxicated drivers. Law enforcement is extra alert for drunk drivers over holiday weekends, such as this past New Year's holiday, when six people were arrested for DUI. Three of the six drivers were involved in accidents.
DUI checkpoints are used to get drunk and impaired drivers off the road before they cause an accident. The benefits of DUI checkpoints include deterring people from driving after they have been drinking, or using drugs, and raising public awareness about the dangers of DUI. Victor Valley police officers are committed to cracking down on DUI drivers. Law enforcement is extra active over holiday weekends, such as this past New Year's holiday, where 6 people were arrested for DUI.
DEDICATED HIGH DESERT DUI ATTORNEY
If you have been arrested for DUI, CONTACT a skilled Victorville DUI Lawyer today. 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. It is important that this information is documented soon after the DUI arrest. If too much time passes you may forget about something important that could impact your case in your favor. Do not delay if you are facing Victorville DUI charges, CONTACT our office today for a free and confidential consultation.