PLEASANTON DUI ATTORNEY - DUBLIN CA DMV LAWYER
MICHAEL REHM - (510) 418-0820
Pleasanton has repeatedly been ranked as one of the best places to live in America. Street fairs and concerts in the park were a regular source of entertainment before the pandemic. As the city returns to normal, visitors and residents can look forward to the town's celebrated brew crawls and wine strolls.
After visiting Pleasanton's drinking establishments, riding with a designated driver is the best way to return to a home or hotel. Driving after even a few drinks creates the risk of being arrested for driving while intoxicated (DUI).
DUI Arrests in Pleasanton
California's Office of Traffic Safety compiles annual DUI arrest statistics for each California city. In the most recent year for which statistics are available, 104 drivers were arrested for DUI in Pleasanton. Compared to 106 California cities of similar size, Pleasanton had the 33rd highest arrest rate.
Drivers who are arrested in Pleasanton are taken to one of the Alameda County jails for booking. The booking process includes taking a “mugshot” and fingerprints. When a driver is arrested in Pleasanton, the driver will probably be booked at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.
Most drivers are given a court date and released after being booked. Drivers who test “over the limit” will face an automatic driver's license suspension if they fail to request a DMV hearing within ten days of their arrest. Michael Rehm can help drivers who are arrested in Pleasanton with the DMV hearing and with court appearances for their DUI charge.
DUI Charges in the East Bay Area
The decision to charge a driver with a crime after an arrest in Pleasanton is made by the Alameda County District Attorney's office. Felonies are charged in only 2.1% of all DUI cases. That felony charge rate is half the statewide average.
Charges are filed in Alameda County Superior Court. While there are several courthouses in Alameda County, a driver arrested for DUI in Pleasanton will likely make court appearances at the East County Hall of Justice. The Hall of Justice is located at 5151 Gleason Drive in Dublin.
On average, it takes about six months to resolve a DUI charge in Alameda County. An aggressive defense may cause even more time to pass before the case is resolved.
DUI Convictions in Pleasanton CA
There are many ways to avoid a DUI conviction in Alameda County. While prosecutors statewide obtain DUI convictions in about 74% of their cases, the conviction rate in Alameda County is only 46%.
In many cases, plea bargaining can result in the conviction of a less serious offense. About 19% of DUI prosecutions in Alameda County are resolved with a conviction for reckless driving or another offense that carries less substantial penalties than a DUI.
Plea bargains can also result in dispositions that avoid the entry of conviction for any charge. Lawyers can also file motions that prevent prosecutors from using evidence that was obtained after an arrest, including breath test results. Those motions may lead to the dismissal of charges.
Persuading jurors to vote “not guilty” after a trial is another way in which DUI defense attorneys help their clients avoid DUI convictions. A variety of defense strategies account for the 35% of drivers charged with DUI in Alameda County who are convicted of no crime at all.
If you have been arrested in Pleasanton or anywhere throughout the East Bay Area, call DUI Attorney Michael Rehm for a free, confidential consultation and learn how the law will apply to the facts of you case.