Thursday, August 30, 2007

Honorary Badges not to be used if stopped for DUI in California

California drunk driving criminal defense attorney news

Push to stop badge-holders from displaying during California DUI investigation


The Attorney General's Office is reclaiming honorary police-type badges it gave its 1,200 California attorneys because the agency has declared the practice - common in local government - to be illegal.

In turn, local enforcement agencies are reviewing their policies, since the formal opinion by the Attorney General's Office says the badges - sometimes displayed by California DUI suspects during California DUI investigations - resemble those of cops, can be misused by recipients, who are not sworn law-enforcement officers.

A controversy arose after a legislative staffer for Assemblyman Mervyn Dymally, D-Compton, showed a legislative badge during a California DUI arrest.