A driver who attempted to avoid a local DUI checkpoint was arrested after trying to flee. According to police, the driver approached the checkpoint on Main Street in Ventura. Upon noting the checkpoint, the driver made a U-turn and fled the wrong way down Main Street. Another officer stationed nearby apprehended and arrested the driver.
The driver was booked into the Ventura County Jail on suspicion of driving DUI in Ventura. While the checkpoint was operational, Ventura police screened nearly 450 of the 914 drivers who passed through the stop. In addition to the single drunk driving arrest, two other drivers received citations for driving with a suspended license. One driver received a marijuana possession citation. Additionally, officers detained two unlicensed drivers and impounded their vehicles.
At the same time, Oxnard Police also set up a DUI checkpoint, which netted one intoxicated driver. Police there also issued a total of 48 citations, the majority for driving on suspended or revoked licenses.
Ventura DUI attorney
When you face charges for drunk driving, hire an experienced DUI attorney 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.
Two of three drunk driving arrests result in misdemeanor charges in California. That doesn’t mean that an intoxicated driving arrest isn’t serious. In addition to potential jail time and fines, you could also receive license suspensions and restrictions. The court could order you to install an expensive ignition interlock device on your vehicle – even for a first offense. In addition, the court can order you to take driver retraining classes.
The drunk driving process in California results in an immediate suspension of your license by the DMV. This is not part of the court process! It takes place in addition to whatever sanctions the court may impose. You may be able to have your driver license re-instated by the DMV, but you must ask for a hearing almost immediately following your arrest.
Drunk driving arrests can be expensive and time-consuming. In addition, an arrest will likely increase your insurance costs substantially. That’s why you need an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you navigate the court process following a drunk driving arrest.
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 DUI case.
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