Tuesday, February 5, 2008

California DUI stats on DUI convictions

California dui attorney news

NapaValleyRegister.com publishes monthly statistics on arrests and convictions for driving under the influence — and so-called “wet reckless” convictions — in Napa County.

Arrest information is from the Napa County Sheriff’s Department. Convictions, names and blood-alcohol levels are from Napa County Superior Court.
Convictions include cases in which the person pleaded guilty or no contest to one or more drunk driving charges, or where one or more such charges resulted in a guilty verdict at trial.

Vehicle code violations considered are: driving under the influence (Vehicle Code section 23152), reckless driving while under the influence (23103.5) and causing injury to another while driving while under the influence (23153).

The blood-alcohol levels provided by the court are based on a variety of tests — some taken at the scene of the arrest or county jail, others through a later blood test — and have not necessarily been proven or admitted in court. It is unlawful for any person to operate a vehicle if that person has a blood-alcohol level of .08 or more, according to the California Vehicle Code.

Arrests: 54

Convictions/pleas: 98

Reported blood-alcohol below .10 or unavailable: 23

Reported blood-alcohol between .10 and .19: 53

Reported blood-alcohol between .20 and .29: 17

Reported blood-alcohol between .30 and .39: 5


In other news, California DUI Police Department officers conducted a California DUI drunk-driving saturation detail Saturday and made five DUI arrests, police reported.

In a California DUI saturation detail, which differs from a California DUI Drunk Driving checkpoint in that extra California DUI officers fan out throughout the city instead of setting up at a fixed location, the intent is to discourage vehicle drivers from drinking, California DUI police said.

In addition to the California DUI arrests, six vehicles were towed, nine citations were issued, two narcotics-related arrests were made, three additional misdemeanor arrests were made and six additional California DUI field sobriety tests given, California DUI police reported.