Tuesday, April 21, 2009

California's San Diego County has some of the strictest DUI penalties in California

News Press: April 21, 2009

California's San Diego County has some of the strictest DUI / Drunk Driving penalties in California. Law enforcement officers of the California Highway Patrol, local police agencies and county sheriff's departments have collaborated with the District Attorneys of these three counties to strictly enforce the DUI laws and prosecute residents and visitors for driving under the influence and for driving with a breath or blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or more.

Nearly every California DUI arrest initiates a second, administrtative case against the driver's license of the person accused. This second case is before the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The driver facing a license suspension must actively pursue a defense or their license will automatically be suspended for a minimum of four months to 12 months.

If both cases are won by the county District Attorney or San Diego City Attorney's Office and California Department of Motor Vehicles, a driver will at a minimum suffer a misdemeanor conviction, be sentenced to work on a modern day chain gang, be placed on probation for five years, suffer a driver's license suspension, face mandatory attendance at a California drunk driving school, disclose the conviction to the family automobile insurance provider, possible vehicle impound, ignition interlock device, and pay steep fines and penalties.

The drivers who stand accused of driving under the influence are not criminals. For the most part they are upstanding citizens who vote, pay their taxes and the salaries of the very people who have arrested and will prosecute them. What the police and prosecutors often don't themselves know and don't want the driver arrested for DUI to know is that frequently the evidence used against those arrested for DUI is not solid.

Always ready to help a solid person, California DUI / DMV Defense Lawyer Rick Mueller represents those accused of driving under the influence or driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or more before the courts of San Diego County: downtown San Diego, El Cajon, Vista and Chula Vista California.

California DUI / DMV Defense Lawyer Rick Mueller also represents those accused in California Department of Motor Vehicle driver's license suspension hearings.
San Diego California Criminal Defense Attorney Rick Mueller recently spoke at the California Attorneys For Criminal Justice annual DUI seminar in Rancho Mirage, California.