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Pedestrians injured by alleged drunk driver in Riverside County

An accident in Riverside County left two people hurt and one man facing DUI charges. The man was reportedly involved in a fight with some family members before the accident occurred. He then got in his car and struck a fire hydrant and two pedestrians walking on the sidewalk. The two pedestrians were evaluated to the hospital and are recovering from their non-life threating injuries.

The man was arrested for suspicion of DUI and a domestic violence hit and run. Police allege that he drove his car over the curb in order to hit the pedestrians.

Drunk driving charges can arise out of a variety of different driving scenarios. An officer can pull over a driver if the officer has probable cause to suspect criminal activity or if the officer has personally observed a crime. Many times an officer will make a lawful traffic stop, only to have it lead to a DUI arrest. Once a driver is pulled over, officers will be on the lookout for any signs of drunk driving, including slurred speech, bloodshot eyes and erratic behavior. However, all arrests must be lawful and protect citizens’ constitutional rights. If an officer makes an unlawful arrest, certain evidence may get thrown out of the case.

If the officer suspects that a motorist was driving under the influence, the officer could require that the driver to submit to a breath test. If administered properly, the test will most likely be able to determine whether your blood alcohol content level is above the legal limit of 0.08 percent. If it is, the breath test results will likely be used against the driver in a DUI charge.

Navigating the choice of refusing a breath test

When a driver is first pulled over a DUI, his or her first instinct may be to do whatever the officer says, including submitting to a breath test. Under California implied consent law, drivers are required to submit to a test when an officer demands it. However, drivers can still refuse a breath test.

Breath tests are used on drivers who are suspected of driving under the influence. If a driver submits to a breath test, he will blow into a device that measures his blood alcohol content. If the result is above the legal limit, those results can be used to help convict him. Once convicted, the driver could face serious consequences including over $5,000 in penalties, an increase in car insurance rates, license suspension and even jail time. In most cases a DUI charge is a misdemeanor, but it can be upgraded to a felony if someone was injured or killed in the accident. Felony charges lead to even more fines and longer prison sentences.

Refusing a breathalyzer will lead to the automatic suspension of your license. However, it may be the best thing for you to do in your situation. If you decide to submit to the test, there are still ways to protect yourself. Navigating the court process can be hard, especially when you are scared for your future. Fortunately, Dale Gribow Attorney at Law has years of experience helping people fight their DUI arrests and negotiating reduced charges.

Facing any kind of drunk driving charge can be an extremely stressful situation to navigate. To find out more information about defending against DUI charges, please visit our website.

Riverside County teen charged with drunk driving

Drivers who are under the legal drinking age of 21 are held to stricter standards when it comes to driving under the influence of alcohol. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found that underage drinking leads to a greater risk of fatal accidents, even at low levels.

Because of this, all states have adopted some form of zero-tolerance law when it comes to underage drunk driving. This means that while .08 is the limit for drivers that are of legal drinking age, drivers under 21 are limited to anywhere from 0.00 to 0.02 percent blood alcohol concentration, depending on the state. These strict laws mean that a teenager could face a DUI for driving after just one glass of wine at dinner.

One 19-year-old Indio man is now facing misdemeanor DUI charges after an accident earlier this month. The teenager allegedly lost control of his vehicle and drove over a traffic circle median, before crashing into a light pole in La Quinta.

The man then restarted his car and fled the scene before police arrived. However, police managed to find him soon thereafter and arrested him under suspicion of misdemeanor drunk driving and hit-and-run. The young man was booked into the Indio jail, but was released on bond a few hours later.

A young person facing DUI charges may be worried about the impact that a conviction could have on their future. It is important to understand all of the potential consequences involved with a DUI conviction and come up with an effective defense strategy to potentially protect yourself from the more serious penalties.

Drunk driving convictions can lead to serious penalties

There are many legal consequences a California driver may face if he or she is convicted of driving under the influence. These legal consequences can have a dramatic impact on a person’s life. A DUI conviction can ruin personal and professional reputations and make finding and keeping a job more difficult.

There is a long list of specific consequences that those convicted of a DUI could expect to face. Some consequences include vehicle impoundment, alcohol or drug treatment programs, hefty fines and even jail time in some situations. Ignition interlock devices can be installed in vehicles to analyze the driver’s breath to determine his or her blood alcohol content. The vehicle will only start if the driver’s BAC level is below a certain number.

One of the most devastating consequences for many drivers is losing the right to drive. Most states will punish convicted drivers with a restriction or revocation of their driver’s license. First-time offenders could have their license revoked, but drivers with multiple DUI convictions could face even longer periods of time without their license. In some cases, a driver may lose their license permanently.

In fact, most DUI penalties are harsher for habitual offenders than for first-time offenders. This could mean higher fines, longer periods of license suspension and even the total loss of your vehicle. DUIs are typically misdemeanors, but some states automatically charge drivers with a felony DUI charge if they have prior DUI convictions.

The consequences of a DUI conviction can be serious, so it is important to do whatever you can to avoid such a conviction. Fortunately, with the proper defense, many DUI charges are lessened or dropped altogether. Those accused of drunk driving should understand the options available and ways they could reduce or dismiss the charges against him or her.

Drivers facing felony DUIs can have hope for their future

Being charged with a DUI can be scary and overwhelming. Being charged with a felony DUI can be even more daunting. Felony DUIs result in much more serious penalties than misdemeanor DUIs. With so much at stake, it may be in your best interest to seek professional legal advice regarding your situation.In the state of California, a DUI can be charged as a felony in three major situations. First, drivers may be charged with a felony DUI if they have three prior convictions within a ten-year time period and are currently being charged with their fourth DUI. Next, if a driver has a prior felony DUI conviction, he or she may be charged with a felony DUI if subsequent DUI charges come up. Lastly, a driver can be charged with a felony DUI if he or she was involved in an accident that killed or injured another person.The office of Dale Gribow Attorney at Law has successfully defended numerous people facing felony DUIs. After reviewing the details of your arrest, Attorney Gribow will dig deeper to find out if your rights were violated in any way during the process. For example, law enforcement officials often administer field sobriety tests and chemical tests, such as Breathalyzers, at the scene of an accident to determine the blood alcohol content of the driver.

However, mistakes are common when it comes to the administration of these tests and the maintenance of the equipment used in the testing process. These mistakes can have a huge effect on the accuracy of the test results. With the proper defenses in place, Attorney Gribow may be able to negotiate on your behalf for reduced charges. Even if one has a prior record with multiple offenses in the past, A Palm Springs criminal defense attorney can make a meaningful difference in how matters proceed after an arrest.

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