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Carlsbad DUI Attorney

Carlsbad DUI Lawyer - Michael Rehm

Free Consultations – (619) 787-3456

The four quadrants in Carlsbad offer a variety of pleasures for residents and visitors, ranging from historic buildings and nature preserves to modern wellness centers and luxurious resorts. An impressive array of brew pubs, wine bars, and eclectic taverns offer a chance to relax with friends at the end of the day.

Too much relaxation can turn into a nightmare when drivers are pulled over by law enforcement officers. Arrests for driving under the influence (DUI) are common in Carlsbad.

DUI Arrests in Carlsbad

During the most recent year for which statistics have been reported, 362 DUI arrests were made in Carlsbad. That's about the median number of arrests for a California city the size of Carlsbad.

While DUI arrest rates in most of California declined in that same year, they increased in San Diego County. The drive to make DUI arrests places innocent drivers at risk of being prosecuted.

About 95% of DUI arrests are for misdemeanors. Unless a driver was involved in an accident that caused a serious injury, felonies are only changed if the driver has at least three prior DUI convictions. Even then, a felony charge is optional.

DUI Prosecutions

Most DUI arrests in Carlsbad are prosecuted by the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office. That office handles nearly 10,000 DUI prosecutions every year.

About 5% to 6% of DUI prosecutions in San Diego County are for driving under the influence of drugs. While a charge involving alcohol is typically resolved about 75 days after arrest, a charge involving drugs takes an average of 109 days to resolve. Drivers are more likely to contest charges of driving under the influence of drugs because those charges are more difficult for prosecutors to prove.

Even when a DUI charge involves alcohol, a conviction is far from a slam dunk. San Diego prosecutors only obtain a DUI conviction in 77.3% of the cases they charge. Many of the remaining cases are resolved by plea bargaining.

San Diego County prosecutors resolve 10.6% of DUI cases by reducing the charge to “wet reckless.” That conviction spares a driver from an automatic license suspension and usually results in lower fines and less jail time than a DUI. Another 1.6% of charges are resolved with a plea to a more favorable traffic charge.

The County's remaining DUI charges — 10.4% of the total — are resolved with no conviction. Lawyers file motions that cause the charge to be dismissed or they persuade a jury to return a verdict of “not guilty.”

Rather than pleading guilty and accepting a penalty, drivers who are arrested for DUI in Carlsbad should learn about their options. Carlsbad DUI Lawyer Michael Rehm can investigate the facts and help drivers minimize the consequences of an arrest. For a free consultation, call (619) 787-3456

Carlsbad DUI Attorney – Michael Rehm

Free Consultations – (619) 787-3456

Carlsbad DUI Resources: 

Carlsbad Police Department

Carlsbad Municipal Code

Carlsbad DUI Program -- There is currently no licensed DUI school in Carlsbad CA, the closest location is:

OHS North San Diego County
1050 Los Vallecitos Blvd., Suite 109
San Marcos, CA 92069
Main Ph: (760) 752-5300

Southern California Office & Areas Served:

402 W Broadway; Suite 400 San Diego, CA 92101 Phone: (619) 787-3456 Areas Served: San Diego, Vista, Chula Vista, El Cajon, Escondido, San Marcos, Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, El Centro, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Santa Clarita, Glendale, Lancaster, Palmdale, Pomona, Torrance, Pasadena, El Monte, Downey, West Covina, Norwalk, Burbank, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Irvine, Huntington Beach, Garden Grove, Costa Mesa, Riverside, Corona, Moreno Valley, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, Ventura, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Temecula, Bakersfield, Clovis, and everywhere in between.

Bay Area Office and Areas Served

101 Cooper Street; Suite 200 Santa Cruz, CA 95060 Phone: (831) 431-0986 Areas Served: Santa Cruz, Aptos, Capitola, Watsonville, Salinas, Monterey, Seaside, Carmel, San Francisco, Oakland, Fremont, Hayward, Berkeley, Livermore, Concord, Richmond, Walnut Creek, Antioch, San Rafael, Novato, San Jose, Morgan Hill, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, Palo Alto, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Gatos, Napa, Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Fairfield, Vallejo, Vacaville, Dixon, Solano County, San Benito, Daly City, San Mateo, South San Francisco, Redwood City, Belmont, San Carlos, San Bruno, Pleasanton, Union City, San Leandro, Milpitas, Pittsburg, Danville, Rohnert Park and the entire Bay Area.

Northern California Office & Areas Served

333 University Avenue; Suite 200 Sacramento, CA 95825 Phone: (916) 233-7346 Areas Served: Sacramento, Elk Grove, Antelope, Citrus Heights, Carmichael, the friendly confines of Land Park, Folsom, Yolo, Woodland, West Sacramento, Davis, Placerville, South Lake Tahoe, Cameron Park, El Dorado Hills, Auburn, Roseville, Rocklin, Lincoln, Yuba City, Marysville, Wheatland, Colusa, San Joaquin County, Lodi, Manteca, Stockton, Tracy, Lathrop, Modesto, Turlock, Oakdale, Stanislaus County, Humboldt County, Arcata, Mckinleyville, Fortuna, Eureka, Butte County, Oroville, Paradise, Chico, Mendocino, Ukiah, Colusa, Shasta County, Redding, Calaveras, Yreka, Amador, Jackson, Lassen, Susanville, Plumas County, Quincy, Nevada County, Grass Valley, Nevada City, Truckee, Lakeport, Sonora, Madera, Crescent City, Trinity, and all of Northern California.