In a study done just last year, Riverside and San Bernardino were both listed as among the worst cities in California and the entire country for DUI. Both have some of the highest alcohol-related accidents per capita. Other areas of Southern California, including Orange County, also record high rates of DUI arrests. Why does this matter for drivers in these areas?
Not only do high alcohol-related accident rates and arrests encourage law enforcement to continue to crack down on drunk drivers, but it also enhances the tenacity with which the prosecution will approach these types of cases. Furthermore, drivers in Riverside face more than just severe penalties and fines for DUI. They could face extremely steep insurance premiums, jumping more than 140% following a conviction.
Avoiding DUI Arrest & Charges in California
If you are concerned about being charged with DUI, the best way to avoid this is by minimizing your risk for getting pulled over by law enforcement in the first place. While the simplest advice is to avoid drinking and driving, there are more things you can do to prevent arrest.
Do the following to stay prepared:
- If planning to drink, select a designated driver
- Research DUI checkpoints in your area ahead of time
- Avoid getting behind the wheel “buzzed”
- Don’t get chatty with officers if stopped; be polite
- Call an Uber, Lyft, or cab driver if necessary
- If pulled over at a checkpoint, make sure you have all documents ready
Police officers have specific signs and actions they will look for other than the common slurred speech and alcohol-scented breath. They will also be looking for flustered, evasive behavior. The best thing you can do if pulled over is to remain calm and cooperative, but avoid offering unnecessary information, such as where you were prior to getting in the vehicle.
Following a DUI arrest, it’s important that you get the information you need to understand your legal rights and how you can defend yourself in court. At the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc., we offer free and confidential consultations to help accused individuals get started on their defense.