An Oxnard man arrested for DUI also faced weapons and drug charges. According to Oxnard police, they arrested a man after pulling over his vehicle. During the stop, officers noted that he appeared to be driving while intoxicated. They searched the vehicle, and discovered a loaded .22 caliber rifle with a high-capacity magazine. They also found cocaine in the vehicle.
Prosecutors initially charged the man with misdemeanor DUI, and possession of a controlled substance with a firearm. They also charged him with carrying a loaded firearm and a large capacity magazine. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle, driving with a blood-alcohol content above 0.08% and giving false information to a police officer. Prosecutors dropped the other two charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and possession of a controlled substance. Both of the dismissed charges were misdemeanors.
The judge sentenced the man to 36 months of probation and fines of nearly $3,500. If he does not successfully complete the terms of his probation, he will face jail time for his convictions.
Oxnard DUI Lawyer
When you face a DUI in Ventura County, hire an experienced DUI lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes drunk driving cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.
Most drunk driving arrests in California result in misdemeanor charges. Although less serious than felonies, misdemeanor convictions can still have severe consequences. A DUI conviction can result in jail time, license suspensions, fines, expensive driver retraining classes, and other driving restrictions. In addition, you could pay thousands of dollars more in insurance costs. You could also be forced into high-risk insurance based on drunk driving convictions.
Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney to defend you and don’t attempt to represent yourself in court. Put a professional, aggressive defense attorney to work on your case and see the difference it can make.
Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County DUI case.
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