OAKLAND DUI ATTORNEY - ALAMEDA CA CRIMINAL LAWYER
MICHAEL REHM - (510) 418-0820
Alameda County is an important gateway to California's Bay Area. The past connects to the present in the historic and modern architecture found in Fremont, Hayward, Berkeley, and the county's other vibrant communities.
As Alameda County's substantial population celebrates an end to the pandemic, law enforcement officers will be particularly vigilant in their search for impaired drivers. Charges of driving under the influence (DUI) will soon reach their pre-pandemic levels.
DUI Arrests in Alameda County
The most recent DUI arrest statistics compiled by DMV are from before the pandemic. Law enforcement officers made 4,820 DUI arrests in Alameda County during the last year that DMV studied. Measured against the county's population, the arrest rate in Alameda County was a bit below the statewide average.
Three hundred of the DUI arrests were made in Oakland. That gave Oakland the second highest per capita arrest rate for a California city of its size. The smaller city of Hayward contributed another 121 DUI arrests. Hayward also had the second highest arrest rate for a city of its size.
Depending on where the arrest is made, a driver who is arrested for DUI will likely be booked at either the Glenn E. Dyer Detention Facility or the Santa Rita Jail. The Dyer Detention Facility is located at 550 6th Street in Oakland. The Santa Rita Jail is in Dublin at 5325 Broder Boulevard.
DUI Prosecutions in Alameda County
A DUI arrest typically results in a DUI charge and a companion charge for driving “over the limit.” Those cases are prosecuted by the Alameda County District Attorney's office.
Fortunately for arrested drivers, Alameda County prosecutors are not particularly aggressive about obtaining DUI convictions. In the most recent year for which statistics are available, only 46% of DUI arrests in Alameda County resulted in a DUI conviction. Nearly all of the convictions were for misdemeanors.
About 16% of Alameda County DUI prosecutions are resolved with an amendment of the charge to “wet reckless.” That form of reckless driving subjects the driver to less severe penalties than a DUI conviction. Another 3% of cases are resolved with a plea to some other traffic offense. A healthy 35% of drivers walk away with no conviction at all.
DUI Proceedings in Alameda County
The drivers who are most likely to avoid a conviction are those who hire an experienced DUI defense attorney. DUI Lawyer Michael Rehm can help drivers who are arrested for DUI in Oakland and other Alameda County communities.
Drivers will usually need to make one or more court appearances with their lawyer. Depending on the location of the driver's arrest and the availability of judges, DUI court appearances usually occur in one of four courthouses:
- The René C. Davidson Courthouse at 1225 Fallon Street in Oakland.
- The Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse at 661 Washington Street in Oakland.
- The Fremont Hall of Justice at 39439 Paseo Padre Parkway in Fremont.
- The East County Hall of Justice at 5151 Gleason Drive in Dublin.
The median time to resolve a DUI charge in Alameda County is about six months. When drivers hire an attorney to mount a vigorous defense, resolving the case will often take more time.
If you have been arrested for a DUI in Oakland, CA call Attorney Michael Rehm at (510) 418-0820 for a free, honest consultation, and a realistic assessment of your situation.