Ventura County law enforcement officials report that they have made more DUI arrests during the 2013 holiday season than they did during the holiday period in 2012. Over a 14-day period beginning on December 13, Ventura law enforcement agencies made more than 193 DUI arrests. During a comparable period in 2012, officials made 143 DUI arrests. The additional arrests represent a 35% increase in holiday DUI arrests.

The preliminary arrest data are being reported during a planned 20-day period of increased DUI enforcement in the area. The additional enforcement is being conducted by multiple agencies in Ventura County. The regional taskforce, funded in part by the California Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, increased patrols and DUI checkpoints in Cal State Channel Islands, Camarillo, Moorpark, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Santa Paula, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and Ventura.

Ventura County drivers who are arrested for DUI can expect a suspension of their California driver license within 30 days. In DUI enforcement, the California Department of Motor Vehicles acts independently of the court system. You have a limited amount of time to challenge this potential suspension in an administrative hearing at the DMV. If you do not act within 10 days of your arrest to request an administrative hearing, your license will be suspended for at least 4 months, depending upon your prior DUI conviction record within 10 years of the current arrest.

As a first-time offender, in addition to having your driver’s license suspended by the DMV, you may also be subjected to fines of up to $1,000, a jail term of up to 6 months, additional court-ordered license suspension, probation, and successful completion of a court-ordered alcohol awareness program. You may also be required to purchase more expensive auto insurance designed for “high-risk” drivers for up to three years following a DUI conviction. Repeat offenders may face increased fines and additional jail time. Third-time offenders face a two-year suspension of driving privileges, increased fines and jail time.

If you have been arrested for suspicion of DUI in Ventura County, you need the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Robert M. Helfend is a criminal defense attorney in Ventura County, and has successfully defended clients facing California criminal charges for 30 years. Mr. Helfend provides aggressive criminal defense in Ventura County. For a consultation on your case involving a DUI arrest, contact the Law Offices of Robert M. Helfend toll-free at (800) 834-6434 or locally at (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317, or (818) 591-2809. Robert M. Helfend is an experienced criminal defense attorney who can help you!

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