Driving under the influence is a commonly charged crime in Ventura County and statewide. Ventura County, however, tends to heavily penalize more individuals than many other counties in the state. If you are charged with a DUI or related offense, you need to speak with a lawyer.
At Ridley Defense, we represent individuals who have been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in Ventura and the surrounding areas. We understand the deep impact that an arrest for an alcohol-related crime can have on a person and their family. We work hard to help put your life back together after an arrest.
Ventura County is considered tough on driving under the influence. It not only penalizes more people for DUI than surrounding jurisdictions, but the county also has a high conviction rate. It is important to remember, however, that just because you are arrested for a DUI does not mean that you will be convicted.
According to Value Penguin, Ventura County has a higher rate of penalizing drunk drivers compared with many of its counterparts. Their research shows that, on average, California penalizes approximately 71% of the drivers that are arrested for driving under the influence. In Ventura, they penalize over 81% of individuals arrested for a DUI.
In addition to having a reputation for penalizing a large percentage of individuals arrested on DUI charges, the county is also known for securing convictions. ValuePenguin’s findings show that Ventura rarely reduced cases.
In 2020, the insurance website noted that not a single person received a reduction to reckless driving in the county. Ventura County does not offer this as a plea bargain, and many people have false expectations when they compare their experiences to Los Angeles County, where these plea bargains are common. This is one of the reasons it is so important to have an attorney that practices regularly in Ventura County if you have a pending case here.
If you are arrested for driving under the influence, you need to act quickly to protect your rights. You should always contact a DUI defense attorney as early in the process as possible. It is important to remember that you could lose your driving privileges if you do not request a hearing.
An attorney can help you request a hearing to stop the automatic suspension of your license. They will also help you determine the best way to proceed with your case. It is never too early to consult with an attorney about your case, but it can be too late. The earlier you contact an attorney, the more they can potentially do for your case, including speaking with the district attorney.
Were you arrested for driving under the influence in Ventura County? Contact our office at (805) 208-1866 to schedule a complimentary consultation. Call our office today to speak directly with an experienced member of our legal team. We have decades of combined legal experience and will work hard to get you the best possible disposition on your case.