DAVIS CA DUI ATTORNEY
MICHAEL REHM - (530) 410-6474
Davis is the nation's most bicycle-friendly city. Apart from the environmental and health benefits of riding a bicycle, depending on a bicycle for transportation is an easy way to avoid an arrest for driving under the influence (DUI).
California law does make it a crime to ride a bicycle under the influence. However, it is rarely enforced. Drivers who decline a test face a loss of driving privileges, but that law does not apply to bicyclists.
DUI Arrests in Davis
Despite the advantages of riding a bicycle, drinking and driving a vehicle is still common. When the police smell the odor of an intoxicant during a traffic stop, the driver will likely be asked to perform field sobriety tests that might end with a DUI arrest.
In the most recent year reported by California's Office of Traffic Safety, 85 drivers were arrested in Davis for DUI. Davis had the 34th highest arrest rate of 106 comparable California cities after adjusting for population and miles driven.
Drivers who are arrested in Davis are usually taken to the Yolo County Jail for booking. The jail is located at 140 Tony Diaz Drive in Woodland. Most drivers are given a court date and released after they complete the booking process. At present, most drivers who are arrested in Yolo County are not required to post cash bail.
DUI Charges in Davis CA
After a driver is arrested for DUI in Davis, police reports are forwarded to the Yolo County District Attorney’s office. A prosecutor in that office will decide what charges to file. Unless the driver caused an injury accident or has a history of multiple DUI convictions, the driver will probably be charged with a misdemeanor DUI and a misdemeanor “over the limit” charge.
The charges are filed in the Yolo County Superior Court. The case is assigned to a presiding judge. Four of the county's eleven judges hear DUI cases.
While a lawyer may be able to make some court appearances on a driver's behalf, at least one in-person court appearance is required. The Yolo County Courthouse is located at 1000 Main Street in Woodland.
Hiring a lawyer soon after a DUI arrest helps drivers obtain the best outcome. A lawyer needs to begin investigating the facts while they are still fresh in everyone's mind. Drivers who are arrested in Davis can get the help they need by calling Davis DUI Lawyer Michael Rehm.
DUI Convictions in Davis
Unless a driver pleads guilty, a DUI arrest does not always lead to a DUI conviction. In Yolo County, 77.8% of DUI charges result in a DUI conviction. Only 2.4% of DUI charges in Yolo County end with felony convictions.
Prosecutors are reluctant to plea bargain DUI cases, but 8.6% of Yolo County DUI charges are resolved with an amendment to a lesser offense. Another 13.7% of DUI charges result in no conviction at all. A DUI defense lawyer can pursue multiple options, including suppression motions and trial defenses, to help clients in Davis avoid the harsh consequences of a DUI conviction.
Yolo County has by far some of the best judges in the State, judges that focus on the law, not politics, and it can be one of the more enjoyable counties to practice in thanks to the Judicial Branch.
Attorney Michael Rehm worked as an intern at the Yolo County Public Defenders Office before he was a licensed attorney, he has significant experience in Yolo County, and will be a great asset to your case.