CONTRA COSTA COUNTY DUI LAWYER - WALNUT CREEK CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY
MICHAEL REHM - (925) 289-5564
Contra Costa County has everything from ocean views to wooded mountains, from heavy industry to cherry orchards, from bustling cities to small towns. It also has three interstate freeways, five state highways, and hundreds of miles of municipal roads. Busy residents of Contra Costa County are always on the go. In Contra Costa County, the rate of arrests as compared to licensed drivers who live in the county is less than the statewide average, but the risk is still significant.
Contra Costa County DUI Arrests
In the most recent (pre-pandemic) year reported by the DMV, 2639 drivers were arrested in Contra Costa County for DUI. Only 90 of those arrests were for a felony DUI.
In Concord, the police made 214 DUI arrests. They arrested 151 drivers in Richmond, 141 in Antioch, and 102 in Walnut Creek.
Drivers who are arrested for DUI in Contra Costa County are usually taken to the Martinez Detention Facility for booking. The jail is located at 1000 Ward Street in Martinez.
In the absence of other charges, first offenders in Contra Costa County are typically released without being required to post cash bail. If circumstances (such as an injury accident or a felony charge) result in the imposition of cash bail, the driver might be transferred to one of the county's other two jails until bail is posted.
Contra Costa County Criminal Prosecutions
After a DUI arrest in Contra Costa County, charges are filed by the Contra Costa District Attorney’s office. In the most recent year analyzed by the DMV, that office obtained a conviction in 62% of its DUI cases.
About 11% of DUI charges in Contra Costa County are resolved by a conviction of a lesser charge. The usual amended charge is reckless driving. The county prosecutors do not make frequent use of the more onerous “wet reckless” option.
Almost 27% of Contra Costa County DUI prosecutions result in no conviction of any crime. An aggressive defense may lead to the suppression of breath test results, the dismissal of charges, and acquittals at trial.
Contra Costa County DUI Court Procedures
A DUI arrest in Contra Costa County will be prosecuted in the Contra Costa County superior court. Depending on where the arrest was made and the availability of judges, the case might be heard at:
- Wakefield Taylor Courthouse, 725 Court Street, Martinez.
- George D. Carroll Courthouse, 100 37th Street, Richmond
- Richard E. Arnason Justice Center, 1000 Center Drive, Pittsburg
The average time from DUI arrest to disposition in Contra Costa County is 249 days, about twice as long as the statewide average. With such a delay, it is important to understand how to navigate the DMV while the court case unfolds. For more information on how the DMV and the Court system run side by side in these matters, and for information in general on how the law applies to the facts of your case, call Attorney Michael Rehm at (925) 289-5564.
MICHAEL REHM - (925) 289-5564
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