Inland Empire - Riverside - Ontario DUI
Welcome to our Inland Empire DUI
and Drunk Driving Information page, your source of legal information about driving under the influence laws
, DUI penalties
, DMV driver's license suspensions
, DUI/DWI lawyers
, criminal courts, blood-alcohol
evidence, car insurance after a DUI, and police investigative procedures in Riverside County
or San Bernardino County
Police Agencies, Procedures, and your Legal Rights:
Persons prosecuted in Riverside, Ontario, or elsewhere in the Inland Empire were likely arrested by one of the following agencies:
The law requires that an officer have probable cause before you are arrested. Typically, the training for officers as well as case law, requires police to establish probable cause by a violation of the law, an accident, and observations of the physical manifestation of intoxication. This is subjective, and many agencies require that Standardized Field Sobriety Tests be given, correctly, and perhaps a field breathalyzer, or PAS machine, to establish alcohol in your blood. Your Miranda warnings, or the "reading of your rights", also require that you be advised or warned before they take testimony from you after arrest.
You have the right to refuse the FST's, and you have the right not to state anything that may incriminate you. You even have the right to refuse a blood, breath, or urine test, but if you do so, your license will be suspended for one year. You always have the right to be treated fairly by the police, and for the police to not use unreasonable force against you during arrest.
How can I estimate my Blood-Alcohol Level?
Use our Blood Alcohol Level (BAC) Calculator.
DUI Charges (The Law):
The California Vehicle Code, specifically, VC section 23152(a) and 23152(b), sets the law on DUI cases, and states as follows:
- It is unlawful for any person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug, to drive a vehicle.
- It is unlawful for any person who has 0.08 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood to drive a vehicle. For purposes of this article and Section 34501.16, percent, by weight, of alcohol in a person's blood is based upon grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood or grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath.
The two sections above are typically charged together. The first has to do with your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle, irregardless of your blood alcohol level. The second, or (b) count, requires that you have a .08% blood alcohol content, or BAC, by weight, California's "legal limit". The term "alcoholic beverage and drug" or "alcoholic beverage or drug" in the (a), or first count, does not mean that you were driving with drugs in your system, but that either alcohol or drugs, or both, were found at the time of driving, not that you in fact did have both in your system.
Your Driver's License and the DMV:
THE DMV REQUIRES THAT YOU ACT WITHIN ONLY TEN DAYS (not business days) from the date of your arrest to protect your driving privileges. It is best, if you are going to retain an attorney, to allow the attorney's office to schedule the DMV hearing for you. Our fee includes this service, and we can schedule a hearing that works with our availability (court and DMV) schedule. For your convenience, if you cannot retain an attorney within 10 days, the phone numbers for all San Bernardino or Ontario DMV matters, to do so, is reproduced here:
San Bernardino DMV:
1845 Business Center Dr., Ste. 212,
San Bernardino CA 92408-3447
phone (909) 383-7413
fax (909) 383-7439
When you call, advise them that you are retaining an attorney, that you request a stay on your driver's license suspension, and that you will be sending a written request for discovery. They will ask if you request an "in person" or "telephonic" hearing, and we recommend that you set it for an in person, for reasons I am happy to discuss during our consultation. By making this request you ensure that that your driving privilege will not be suspended until your case is heard.
At your hearing, only the following issues will be discussed, by law:
(If you took a blood, breath or urine test)
- Did the officer have reasonable cause to believe you were driving a motor vehicle in violation of Vehicle Code 23140, 23152 or 23153?
- Were you placed under lawful arrest?
- Were you driving a motor vehicle when you had a 0.08% or more by weight of alcohol in your blood or 0.05% or more if under age 21?
Riverside County Drunk Driving or DUI are handled by the Riverside County District Attorney's Office:
Riverside County District Attorney
All other Inland Empire criminal defense cases are handled by the San Bernardino County District Attorney:
San Bernardino County District Attorney
Riverside DUI Defense Attorneys:
Riverside Public Defender's Office
Riverside DUI Drunk Driving DWI Lawyers
San Bernardino Public Defender's Office
San Bernardino DUI Drunk Driving DWI Attorneys
Court Locations and Phone Numbers:
The Riverside County Superior Court System Website
The San Bernardino County Superior Court System Website
Riverside County has the following courthouses where Riverside DUI cases may be prosecuted, depending upon which court had jurisdiction over the location where the arrest took place:
San Bernardino County has the following courthouses where San Bernardino, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga DUI cases may be prosecuted, depending upon which court had jurisdiction over the location where the arrest took place:
Big Bear Courthouse
Joshua Tree Courthouse
Juvenile Courts Courthouse
Rancho Cucamonga Courthouse
San Bernardino Courthouse
Twin Peaks Courthouse
What may happen to my insurance?
There are two ways insurance companies generally deal with customers convicted of a DUI in Riverside County. First, your insurer will likely raise your insurance premiums and label you a high-risk driver if it finds out you've been convicted of DUI. In this case, you'll likely have to file proof of insurance for three years minimum with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Your insurance company will have to provide the DMV with an SR-22 form, which removes your license suspension and replaces it with a restriction by providing the California DMV with proof of insurance. An SR-22 also means your insurance company is required to notify the DMV if it cancels your insurance for any reason. Most state laws require persons that DUI convicts to get an SR-22 from their insurers, so you can't hide. In addition, your company may cancel your insurance mid-term or terminate the policy at the end of the term because of your DUI conviction, especially if you are currently in a preferred class. Your company will send you a notice stating why you've been canceled, and then you'll have to find another insurer while having a cancellation on your claims history.
Some insurance companies don't offer SR-22 policies, so you may also be non-renewed or canceled because your company can no longer provide what you need.
Our firm handles DUI, Drunk Driving, DWI, and OWI cases in Riverside County, which includes Aguanga, Anza, Arlington, Calimesa, Casa Blanca, Cherry Valley, Corona, Corona Hills, Edgemont, El Cerrito, Gilman, Glen Avon, Glenn Valley, Hemet, High Grove, Home Gardens, Homeland, Hot Springs, Idyllwild, La Sierra, Lake View, Mead Valley, Meadow Brook, Mira Loma, Moreno, Mt. Lanter, Murrieta, Norco, Nuevo, Pedley, Perris, Quail Valley, Riverside, Rodea, Romoland, Sage, San Jacinto, Santa Ana Canyon, Soboba, Sun City, Temecula, Temescal Canyon, Vail Lake, Valle Vista, Wildomar Lake, Winchester, and in San Bernardino County, including Adelanto, Angeles Oaks, Apple Valley, Bloomington, Chino, Chino Hills, Colton, El Mirage, Etiwanda, Forest Falls, Grand Terrace, Helendale, Hesperia, Highland, Loma Linda, Lucerne Valley, Mentone, Montclair, Ontario, Oro Grande, Phelan, Pinon Hills, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, Rialto, San Bernardino City, Victorville, Wrightwood, Yucaipa.