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The Riverside DUI lawyers at Wallin & Klarich have been successfully defending clients in their time of legal need for more than 35 years. If you have been arrested for drunk driving in Riverside County, you should contact our experienced DUI defense attorneys immediately.

DUI is a serious charge, and you should not take this matter lightly. If you are convicted of DUI in Riverside, you could be ordered to spend time in jail and pay expensive fines. Recent studies show that a first-time DUI could cost you as much as $16,000 when factoring in all costs related to the offense. Worse, the negative consequences of having a conviction on your criminal record could follow you for many years.

You need to act now so that you have the best chance to obtain a favorable outcome in your case. Contact the Riverside DUI lawyers at Wallin & Klarich today at (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (877) 466-5245 for a free phone consultation regarding your case.

Hire a DUI Lawyer with a Track Record of Success

Our Riverside law firm has developed a reputation for success. Our aggressive defense and successful case outcomes have helped us earn numerous awards and achievements, including a 5 out of 5 AV rating on Lawyers.com, a 10 out of 10 rating on AVVO.com, and an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.

If you wish to avoid the serious consequences of a DUI conviction, you should contact our law firm. However, you don’t have to take our word for it. Read these testimonials from clients who hired our law firm to defend them against DUI charges in Riverside:

“I was charged with a DUI in Riverside, and one of my friends told me I should call Wallin & Klarich. When I hired them, they set up a DMV hearing for me to protect my driver’s license and helped me with the criminal case. Thanks to Wallin & Klarich, I did not have to spend any time in jail and I received an incredible result! I would recommend these lawyers just like my friend did to me.”

-C.B.

“Wallin & Klarich was excellent when I hired them to defend me against DUI charges. Throughout the whole process, they were very responsive and explained every small detail. I would have been lost without my attorney at Wallin & Klarich. He got me an amazing result in my case.”

-R.C.

What to Expect if You are Accused of DUI in Riverside

Riverside DUI LawyerIf you are arrested for DUI in Riverside, you may be wondering what happens next. The answer is you will face two separate cases; one is the criminal case, and one is with the DMV.

When you are arrested for DUI in Riverside, the DMV can suspend your driver’s license for six months or more unless you schedule a hearing with the DMV within 10 days of your arrest. If you contact Wallin & Klarich after your DUI arrest, our Riverside DUI attorneys can schedule a DMV hearing for you and advocate for you at the DMV hearing to increase your chances of saving your driving privileges.

You face severe consequences if you are convicted of DUI in Riverside. The penalties you face depend upon the circumstances of your case and your prior criminal history. Let’s take a closer look at the potential consequences you face for DUI.

What are the Penalties for DUI in Riverside? (VC 23152)

Under California Vehicle Code Section 23152(a) and 23152(b), a first-time DUI conviction is punishable by up to six months in county jail. However, it is unlikely that you will spend this much time in jail for DUI in Riverside County if it is your first DUI and you have no previous convictions on your criminal record. You may be sentenced to spend 6-10 days in jail. You also face the following penalties:

  • 3-5 years of summary probation
  • Fines of up to $2,500
  • A driver’s license suspension for up to six months
  • The requirement to complete a three-month drug or alcohol program consisting of education and/or group or individual counseling

If this is your second DUI conviction within 10 years of your first DUI, the penalties you face are more severe. Although a second DUI conviction carries up to 364 days in jail, in Riverside County, you will likely be ordered to spend 30 days or more in custody. In addition, you face the following additional punishment:

  • Up to 5 years of summary probation
  • Fines of up to $2,500
  • A driver’s license suspension for up to two years
  • The requirement to complete an 18-month drug or alcohol program
  • Mandatory participation at a MADD Victim Impact panel
  • Mandatory installation of an Ignition Interlock Device on your vehicle, with the cost of installation and maintenance paid for by you

The penalties are harsher if this is your third or subsequent DUI conviction within a 10-year period. For a third DUI conviction, you will face a sentence of between 120 and 364 days in Riverside County jail. The following penalties also apply:

  • 5 years of summary probation
  • Fines of up $3,000
  • A driver’s license suspension for up to three years
  • The requirement to complete a 30-month alcohol or drug program
  • Mandatory participation at a MADD Victim Impact panel
  • Mandatory installation of an Ignition Interlock Device on your vehicle, with the cost of installation and maintenance paid for by you

These penalties are just the beginning. Having a DUI conviction on your criminal record could make it difficult to gain meaningful employment, find suitable housing, and obtain loans. You need to act now if you’ve been accused of DUI.

Prosecutors in Riverside County often will seek the most severe punishment available to them in a DUI case. That is why you should contact an experienced Riverside DUI defense lawyer who can help you obtain the most favorable outcome in your case.

Defenses to Riverside DUI Charges

In order to convict you of DUI in Riverside under VC 23152(a), the prosecution must prove the following two elements:

  • You drove a vehicle, and
  • You were under the influence of alcohol or drugs while driving the vehicle

Prosecutors will look to the evidence in your case to try to prove these elements. This evidence could include:

  • Whether the arresting officer believes you showed signs of intoxication, such as blood-shot eyes or slurred speech
  • Your performance on Field Sobriety Tests
  • Your blood-alcohol content level, and
  • Your criminal history or any history of alcohol or drug abuse

Many people believe that there are no legal defenses to DUI charges. However, that is simply not true. Our skilled Riverside DUI lawyers have been able to successfully defend thousands of people facing DUI charges, including some clients who blew a 0.08 percent BAC level on the Breathalyzer test. Here are some of the defenses we have used to help our clients obtain a positive outcome in their cases:

  • Police made mistakes during Field Sobriety Tests or breath tests – If you were arrested for DUI, you likely were asked to take a Field Sobriety Test and/or a breath or blood test. In order for these tests to be admissible in court, law enforcement officials must follow strict guidelines. Our Riverside DUI lawyers may be able to raise reasonable doubt that the proper procedures were followed when tests were administered to you.
  • Police violated your rights when stopping you – In order to legally stop you, police need “reasonable suspicion” that you committed a crime, such as seeing you weave in and out of driving lanes. Our attorneys may be able to show that you were not showing signs of impairment while driving, and thus, police violated your rights when requiring you to pull over.
  • The rising BAC defense – Your body continues to metabolize after you drink. This means your BAC level could have increased from the time you were stopped to the time you take a breath test. Our lawyers may be able to use this defense to show that you may not have been driving while your BAC level was above the legal limit of 0.08 percent.
  • You were not operating the vehicle – You can’t be convicted of the crime of drunk driving if you were not driving. If you were not actually operating the vehicle, your Riverside DUI lawyer may have a valid defense to the charges against you.

Contact the Experienced Riverside DUI Lawyers at Wallin & Klarich Now

Riverside DUI LawyerRelying on our more than 35 years of experience successfully handling DUI matters in the Riverside courts, our skilled DUI lawyers can help you achieve the best possible result in your case. Do not let this arrest impact you for the rest of your life. Contact our Riverside DUI lawyers now.

Conveniently located right across the street from the Riverside County Superior Court with easy access from the 91 freeway, you can find our Riverside office at:

Wallin & Klarich: A Law Corporation
4229 Main St. Suite A/B
Riverside, CA 92501

Call us today at (877) 466-5245 for a free phone consultation regarding your DUI case. We will get through this together.

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