Driving under the influence (DUI) is considered a criminal act in California. Drivers convicted of a DUI can face jail time, fines, license restrictions, and other penalties. Many drivers feel like they are all alone after a DUI arrest, but, in fact, DUIs are fairly common in California.
Use this article to find out just how common DUIs are in California. Review statistics about DUI cases with the Simmrin Law Group. Call (310) 896-2723 to learn more about defenses that work on DUI charges in California.
Statistics for DUI Arrests and Convictions in California
The state of California records information about DUI arrests, convictions, injuries, fatalities, and more with an annual report of the California DUI management information system. According to the information released by the state, there were 154,743 drivers arrested for a DUI in the year 2014. Of this number:
- 149,908 drivers were arrested for a misdemeanor DUI
- 4,835 drivers were arrested for a felony DUI
The above statistics tell us that, for every 100,000 drivers on the road in California, 619 were pulled over and arrested for a DUI in the year 2014. The state also tells us how many of the arrested drivers were convicted. In the year 2014, 116,190 drivers were convicted of a DUI, meaning that 72.7% of those arrested were convicted.
As you can see, DUIs in California are not uncommon. More than a hundred thousand drivers are arrested for a DUI on a yearly basis throughout the state. Many of those arrested are then convicted under California’s harsh DUI laws.
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Statistics for DUI-Related Injuries and Deaths in California
California also records information about the number of injuries and fatalities caused by drunk-driving accidents every year. In the year 2014, there were:
- 23,993 injuries associated with alcohol-related DUIs
- 1,155 fatalities associated with alcohol-related DUIs
Drug-related DUIs caused fewer injuries overall throughout the state. Only 2,867 people were injured in drug-related DUIs in 2014. 864 people lost their lives in drug-related DUIs. DUIs are punished more harshly if they involve injuries or fatalities.
You can get help handling DUI causing injury charges by contacting a criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles. Reach out to the professionals at the Simmrin Law Group by calling (310) 896-2723 right now.
Statistics for License Revocations After a DUI in California
The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) can suspend a driver’s license after a DUI arrest in California. Driving restrictions are very common in DUI cases. The DMV automatically suspends driving privileges after a majority of DUI arrests. In fact, in 2014, there were 139,405 pre-conviction license suspensions for DUI charges.
Additionally, 9,089 drivers had their driving privileges suspended because they refused to take a legally ordered chemical test. Drivers must take chemical tests to measure their blood alcohol content (BAC) after a legal arrest, or they can lose their driver’s license.
Note that the court can also order a driver’s license to be suspended if the driver is convicted of a DUI. The court ordered 125,428 license suspensions or revocations in DUI cases in the year 2014, making license restrictions very common following a DUI arrest.
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Get Help Handling a DUI Charge in California
DUIs are fairly common in the state of California. As we’ve seen by considering the statistics associated with these charges, may DUI arrests lead to convictions and the suspension of driving privileges. You can increase your odds of successfully handling a DUI charge by contacting a DUI lawyer in Los Angeles now.
The professionals at the Simmrin Law Group are here to help you handle a DUI accusation right now. We understand how to help drivers accused of a DUI. Allow us to:
- Advise you during legal questioning
- Assess any plea bargains you are offered
- Work to get your charges reduced
- Focus on getting your charges dismissed
- Stand up for you in court
Many DUI charges in California are handled outside of the courtroom. We may be able to negotiate with prosecutors to get your charges reduced to an acceptable level. Allow us to begin going over your specific needs right now. You can contact us when you need help the most after a DUI arrest in California.
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Take Steps to Handle a DUI in California
As you can see, DUIs in California are not uncommon. More than a hundred thousand drivers are charged with a DUI each year. You are more than just a number to the Simmrin Law Group. Get personalized help handling a DUI accusation right now, starting with a FREE initial case evaluation.
Our DUI lawyers in Los Angeles are prepared to construct a strong defense for you. Reach out to us now by calling (310) 896-2723 or filling out our online contact form.