EL DORADO HILLS DUI LAWYER - CRIMINAL ATTORNEY
MICHAEL REHM - (530) 410-6474
The community of El Dorado Hills offers breathtaking scenery to residents and visitors. Dance academies, a performing arts center, a musical theater ensemble, and a variety of art galleries make culture a community focal point. Active residents enjoy hikes in the foothills, biking on rural roads, and swimming or boating on Folsom Lake.
Wineries surround El Dorado Hills. Drivers who pass through El Dorado Hills while moving from one tasting room to another need to keep a close watch on the number of tastes they consume. While each taste is comparatively small, it is easy to drink a cumulative glass or two at each tasting room. Local law enforcement officers who need to make informal arrest quotas keep a careful eye on late afternoon drivers in El Dorado Hills.
El Dorado Hills DUI Arrests
Almost any act of imperfect driving can lead to a traffic stop. When an officer smells alcohol or believes that a driver's speech is slurred, it isn't unusual for officers to ask drivers to perform field sobriety tests. Imperfect performance may lead to an arrest for driving under the influence (DUI).
Every year, between 700 and 800 drivers are arrested for DUI in El Dorado County. Drivers who are arrested in El Dorado Hills are typically taken to the Placerville Detention Center for booking. That jail is located at 300 Forni Road in Placerville.
Drivers may need to post bail to secure their release. Arrested drivers are provided the opportunity to call a bail bondsman. Upon release, the first call should be to a lawyer.
El Dorado Hills DUI Prosecutions
Criminal charges that follow DUI arrests in El Dorado Hills are filed by the El Dorado County District Attorney’s office. In about 95% of the county's DUI cases, prosecutors charged misdemeanor offenses, including DUI and driving “at or above the limit.”
Prosecutors file those charges in the El Dorado County Superior Court. The court appearance will either take place in one of the Placerville courthouses. The Placerville Main Street Branch is located at 495 Main Street, while the Placerville Building C Branch is located at 2850 Fairlane Court.
El Dorado Hills DUI Outcomes
Statistics show that 79.5% of drivers who were charged with DUI in El Dorado County were convicted of DUI. One in five drivers are not convicted of DUI.
About 6.7% of drivers charged with DUI in El Dorado County were found guilty of a reduced charge. The “wet” form of reckless driving is the most common plea bargain in El Dorado County.
Almost 14% of El Dorado County DUI prosecutions ended with no criminal conviction. Motions to dismiss the charges, motions to suppress the evidence, and an aggressive trial defense are among the strategies that help drivers avoid a conviction. El Dorado Hills DUI attorney Michael Rehm can recommend a defense strategy to a driver who was arrested in El Dorado Hills.
For more information on what to do from here, call (530) 410-6474 to speak with Attorney Michael Rehm.