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DUI’s Do NOT Qualify for Diversion

California Penal Code Section 1001.95 provides judges with discretion to offer diversion programs to individuals facing certain misdemeanor charges. This opportunity, if granted, can ultimately lead to the dismissal of charges or require completion of specific programs leading to the expungement of the arrest record. During the diversion period, which can last up to 24 months, the court proceedings are paused, allowing the individual to engage in counseling, attend AA meetings, or complete other court-recommended programs. Successful completion often results in the dismissal of the original charges, offering a pathway to clear one’s record.

It is essential to understand that not all misdemeanors are eligible for diversion under this section. Notably, driving under the influence (DUI) charges are typically excluded. Despite some misdemeanors potentially qualifying for diversion, DUI charges, even if classified as misdemeanors depending on the circumstances, are currently not eligible for such diversion programs. This exclusion means that obtaining a complete dismissal through diversion for a first-time DUI offense is generally not possible at this time.

Given the seriousness of DUI charges, especially those involving injuries, it’s crucial to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced criminal defense attorney promptly. A DUI conviction can have far-reaching effects on various aspects of one’s life, including personal freedom, employment, and reputation.

At Inland Empire Criminal Defense, our team of Ontario DUI attorneys is well-versed in the complexities of DUI cases. We have a successful record of defending individuals throughout the Inland Empire in Southern California, providing expert legal guidance and representation. Our approach is to minimize the potential consequences of DUI charges through diligent advocacy and strategic defense.

If you or someone you know is facing DUI charges or other criminal allegations, don’t hesitate to seek professional legal assistance. Contact Inland Empire Criminal Defense at 909-939-7126 for expert guidance. Our office is conveniently located in Ontario, California, and we are dedicated to helping you navigate the legal challenges ahead.

Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely, Inland Empire Criminal Defense prioritizes your privacy and confidentiality. Every consultation with our attorney is conducted with the utmost discretion, ensuring your information remains secure and private.

Yes, understanding the financial pressures that can come with legal representation, our attorney offers flexible payment plans. This approach ensures that quality legal defense is accessible for all our clients in Riverside, San Bernardino, and Los Angeles Counties.

Yes, Inland Empire Criminal Defense offers free consultations. This is part of our commitment to providing accessible and transparent legal services to residents of Riverside, San Bernardino, and Los Angeles Counties.

We offer both in-person and over-the-phone consultations to accommodate your preferences and needs. Whether you’re in Riverside, San Bernardino, or Los Angeles County, we ensure that you can access our legal services in the way that suits you best.

Our office is typically closed on weekends. However, we do make exceptions for meetings by special arrangement. Our commitment is to be as accommodating as possible to meet the unique needs of our clients in Riverside, San Bernardino, and Los Angeles Counties.

Our legal services are specifically tailored to residents of Riverside, San Bernardino, and Los Angeles Counties. For cases outside these areas, we recommend consulting to find appropriate legal assistance. Our focused approach allows us to provide specialized defense catering to the unique legal landscape of these counties.

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