Thursday, August 30, 2012

Ten days of this strong California DUI crackdown resulted in 417 San Diego County drivers facing drunk driving charges, attorneys announce

Ten days of this strong California DUI crackdown resulted in 417 San Diego County drivers facing drunk driving charges, attorneys are told.

These California DUI arrests came from both drunk driving patrols and DUI checkpoints from August 17 through 26, 2012, lawyers learned.

Cops also busted 8 people during a sweep to clear warrants for San Diego California DUI drivers who failed to appear/pay.

In Del Mar and Solana Beach, roving Del Mar Racetrack DUI patrols searched for San Diego drivers suspected of drunk driving following the Pacific Classic horse race at the Del Mar Fairgrounds Sunday.

San Diego's Sheriff Department is a leading DUI agency - consisting of fourteen cop agencies total - in San Diego California cashing in on the possible revenue generated by "Avoid the 14."

These special revenue generating operations, DUI checkpoints and roving drunk driving patrols, will continue through Labor Day weekend in San Diego and throughout California, attorneys believe.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Across the ocean, a new law imposes on French drivers to have breathalyzer kits because of lobbying by an employee of a test manufacturer, San Diego California DUI lawyers share

California DUI lawyers deal with all kinds of breath tests, from the big machines made by Intoximeters Inc. and CMI Inc. to the little PAS hand-held gadgets. Drivers convicted of DUI may have ignition interlock devices to blow into before operating vehicles, attorneys add. Across the ocean, a new law imposes on French drivers to have breathalyzer kits because of lobbying by an employee of a test manufacturer. France is upset. Daniel Orgeval can be thanked for the requirement that every driver in the country must have a personal breathalyzer, or face a fine. Hoping to decrease alcohol-related driving deaths, the government reasoned that the new measure would make some people think twice before driving drunk. They based part of their conclusions on learning that drunk drivers who survived accidents often said they hadn't realized they'd been over France's drinking limit of 0.05% blood-alcohol content (0.025% in the breath), or the equivalent of roughly two glasses of wine. (The legal limit for most U.S. states and Britain is 0.08%.) Although the law took effect July 1, there is a grace period until Nov. 1, to allow people time to buy the gadgets. After which, if you're unable to produce an operational breathalyzer kit when asked by police (they usually cost 1 to 2 euros), you may be fined 11 euros. Foreigners are not exempt. When asked about the new rule, French police officer Gerald Lin took a moment from his street patrol to echo a perspective most often repeated by those interviewed for this story. "It's idiotic," he said. But there was something else about the strange law. It involves a practice so reviled in France that even those who do it for a living are afraid to call it by its name: lobbying. "Obligatory breathalyzer tests, are they at the heart of a scheme?" asked a recent headline in the French daily Sud-Ouest. "Suspicions of a conflict of interest in the breathalyzer test market," ran the daily Le Figaro, picking up on the phrasing that spread throughout the Web, and much of the public psyche. According to the LA Times, the man who heads the nonprofit road safety association that persuaded Parliament to pass the breathalyzer test law is also a part-time employee — at an eyebrow-raising $3,600 a month — at Contralco, the only company in France making certified breath testers: Daniel Orgeval. "It's a scandal," Christiane Bayard, head of the Drivers Defense League, said in reports uncovering Orgeval's so-called double casquette, or dual roles. "We might have imagined that this association grouped families of victims, or independent volunteers, and we discover that in fact its president is none other than the representative of breathalyzer test manufacturers!" France is not the only place where the idea of lobbying is distasteful. But here, where the practice is under-regulated and little understood, it is often equated with a sacrilegious mixing of genres: doing business on the one side, and legislation for the common good on the other. Even if the two may mix in reality, many lawmakers would rather not see it that way. "This debate represents the fact that in France, we don't recognize that we have lobbies in all sectors of society," said Emmanuelle Garault, president of BASE, an association that defends the field of lobbying and its recognition in France (a kind of lobby for lobbyists). She also lobbies for EBay in France, Spain and Portugal. "Since lobbying isn't recognized and regulated in France, it is always seen with suspicion and associated with corruption. It's a four-letter word, just like 'globalization,' even though we also have our part in democratic debate. "People still don't want official lobbies in France. They are still in denial about this field," she said. Instead of calling themselves lobbyists, groups can use words like "association," "federation" and even "union" to represent themselves to government officials. Garault's favorite alternative for the word "lobbying" is "business diplomacy." Meanwhile, investigations of accusations of a conflict of interest in the breathalyzer test legislation continue, reports the LA Times.

Monday, August 27, 2012

San Diego attorneys tried to warn folks about local California DUI checkpoints this past weekend, attorneys announce

San Diego attorneys tried to warn folks about local California DUI checkpoints this past weekend.

Here's the PB Trap on August 25, 2012 - San Diego Police Department blocked motorists coming southbound over the bridge and going northbound with a DUI roadblock aka drunk driving checkpoint in the 2600 block of Ingraham Street in Pacific Beach. DUI lawyers have warned about this area in the past.

The California DUI checkpoint began shortly after 10:09 pm and continued until just after 3 am.

Here's the results:

1448 vehicles passed through the San Diego drunk driving checkpoint.

870 of those motorists were contacted by California DUI officers.

Forty motorists were detained for drunk driving evaluations.

16 arrests were made for DUI.

Seventeen vehicle impounds were conducted.

Poway had a checkpoint at Poway Road and Oak Knoll Road Saturday night. 2 were arrested for DUI.

Overall, at 5 DUI checkpoints in the county of San Diego California, 7,647 drivers were delayed, though not all were questioned. 27 drivers tried acrobatics or field sobriety tests. 13 of those individuals arrested for California DUI. 40 vehicles, including those of the drivers arrested for California DUI, were impounded.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

What can happen in California after a judge orders the installation of an IID on the vehicles of someone convicted of DUI, San Diego drunk driving defense attorneys are asked? Chicago Cub Great Mark Grace's vehicle did not have an IID despite an Arizona order, prior to his 2nd DUI arrest

In California, a judge can order the installation of an IID on the vehicles of someone convicted of DUI, San Diego attorneys relate.

Here's one case where the person somehow took off the IID, drove again and then got busted for drunk driving.

Former Chicago Cubs player / Arizona Diamondbacks television color commentator Mark Grace is now on leave of absence to seek "personal assistance."

No coincidence Grace was arrested 2 days ago DUI charges upon being stopped for an expired registration plate. Why would a big league player have an expired plate? Why were the Cubs such losers?

Grace drove without his required interlock device ordered by a court in a prior DUI arrest in May 2011.

Grace's vacation constitutes the 2nd television personality to be replaced in the booth as play-by-play man Darron Sutton was suspended back in June. Undisclosed reasons. Hmmm.

Arizona Fan favorite Luis Gonzalez replaces Grace for today's Saturday game vs. San Diego Padres. Then the legendary Joe Garagiola takes over Sunday, August 26, 2012.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Friday Night San Diego California DUI Checkpoint Announcement

San Diego County DUI Law Center announces California drunk driving police officers will trap DUI drivers during a drunk driving roadblock & DUI checkpoint Friday night at a secret location.

This San Diego DUI checkpoint and others can be viewed at this free attorney site.

Once the undisclosed location is located, San Diego DUI lawyers hope the public will notify the site host at SanDiegoDUI@yahoo.com so it can be updated.

The hours will be 9 p.m. and 3:30 a.m., August 24 & August 25, 2012. San Diego DUI Cops will evaluate drivers who are or appear to be under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, or who do not have licenses.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

People who visit San Diego county in California and get a DUI should strongly consider hiring only a California DUI Lawyers Association recognized Specialist and not hire an out of county drunk driving defense attorney to handle a San Diego matter

People who visit San Diego county in California and get a DUI should strongly consider hiring only a California DUI Lawyers Association recognized Specialist.

Second choice would be a San Diego DUI Attorney.

Never should the choice be an out of county lawyer who is not familiar with San Diego. This article covered those problems.

Today a Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer who does few DUI cases and no federal drunk driving cases called the San Diego County DUI Law Center for advice on how to proceed. The difficulty of training another attorney from A to Z on a specific area of criminal law and a specific court far outweighs any benefit.

The client is going to suffer because the LA lawyer will come to San Diego clueless.

The attorney was referred to the resources CALIFORNIA DRUNK DRIVING LAW BOOK and The San Diego County DUI Law Center's page on Military Base DUI's.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Someone hurt, sick, injured or in pain drinks alcohol and gets busted for drunk driving. Attorneys know this to be true, over and over. Remember California drivers, if you feel you need to drink because of pain, do not drive or stay where you are, San Diego lawyers remind. NY Yankees Pitcher Busted for DUI!

You've heard it before. Someone hurt, sick, injured or in pain drinks alcohol and gets busted for drunk driving. Attorneys know this to be true, over and over. Remember California drivers, if you feel you need to drink because of pain, do not drive or stay where you are, San Diego DUI lawyers remind.

Here's the latest injured professional player to get popped.

New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda faces DUI charges in Florida after being arrested early this morning.

Apparently a DUI police officer alleges the Dominican Republic's native speeding, "weaving" and driving without headlights on, attorneys are told.

The twenty-three year-old allegedly had "had a fixed gaze and his eyes were bloodshot, watery and glassy," drunk driving police claim. "I could smell a distinct odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath, and his speech was slurred." His BAC is allegedly .128% and .125% on a questionably reliable breath gadget.

The youngster came to spring training significantly overweight and soon afterward was injured, so his problems may be deeper.

Out for the season after undergoing shoulder surgery, he's been living in Tampa undergoing rehab from that surgery. Probably should have stayed with the team?

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Pornography Actress Found Guilty of DUI & San Diego Cop Arrested for Drunk Driving

San Diego County California DUI Lawyer Center News Flashes

Pornography star Jenna Jameson's ".13%" DUI crash ordeal ended with probation, fines, Calioria DUI first offender alcohol program, a MADD / Mothers Against Drunk Driving victims' impact panel, per the film star's California criminal defense attorney.

Her "DUI lawyer" pled her to DUI driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs AND driving with a blood-alcohol level of .08%.

In other California DUI attorney news, a San Diego County sheriff's deputy was popped for DUI and resisting arrest. Diedre Quenell was in a Carmel Valley neighborhood after San Diego DUI cops were given a report of a woman allegedly driving erratically in a McDonald's parking lot, attorneys were informed. Quenell was allegedly combative upon detention, lawyers are told.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

A comprehensive campaign is coming say drunk driving lawyers in San Diego California. Locations of local San Diego California DUI checkpoints are found here and are posted by DUI attorney Rick Mueller August 17 to September 3, 2012

San Diego California's Sheriff's Department makes a name for itself in the U.S. for the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign August 17 to September 3, 2012, DUI attorneys heard today.

A comprehensive campaign is coming say drunk driving lawyers in San Diego California. Locations of local San Diego California DUI checkpoints are found here and are posted by DUI attorney Rick Mueller.

In the final weeks of summer through Labor Day will include DUI patrols and DUI/Driver License Checkpoints scheduled on:

 August 17 – 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. – San Marcos, Encinitas and Santee

 August 18 – 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. – Lemon Grove (AVOID)

 August 24 – 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. – San Marcos, Santee and Vista

 August 25 – 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. – Imperial Beach and Poway

 August 26 – DUI Saturation Patrols – Encinitas, Solana Beach and Del Mar

 August 31 – 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. – Encinitas and Poway

 September 1 – 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. – Imperial Beach

 September 2 – 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. – Santee (AVOID)



Money to do these California DUI checkpoints and drunk driving operation in San Diego County is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Prompting this DUI enforcement is the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says Labor Day weekend is the second most deadly day of the year on our roadways. A report released by the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office in July finds 242 people were killed in car crashes in the county last year. Nearly half of those killed or 45% were under the influence of alcohol.

"By joining this nationwide effort, we will make the county's roadways safer for everyone throughout the Labor Day period.” says San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore. "If you've had too much to drink, don't even think about getting behind the wheel. Driving impaired is simply not worth the risk. Remember, we will be out in force and we will be watching, so Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Solo practitioners frequently spend little time in the office. A good San Diego DUI attorney specialist spends most of her or his time in Court and at the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), representing and defending fine people from all walks of life



California DUI defense attorneys range from large law firms to individual lawyers.

Solo practitioners frequently spend little time in the office. A good San Diego DUI attorney specialist spends most of her or his time in Court and at the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), representing and defending fine people from all walks of life.

After being arrested for drunk driving, one of the first things to do is make sure you and your lawyer do everything that needs to be timely done at DMV.

Another important thing a person arrested for DUI should do is continue to try to focus on work and life.

Visiting a DUI attorney in a San Diego office can take time away from these priorities and keep such a lawyer away from doing her or his job in court and at DMV.

Lawyers are naturally immediately concerned about the DMV deadline.

Many people do a great job in completing the online DUI & DMV defense evaluation form. That enables the attorney to have all the initial information needed to begin proceeding on one's behalf.

Many times there is nothing more could initially be told by a DUI attorney in person. It's frequently too soon to tell anything further which makes sense.

The public is welcome to come by the San Diego County DUI Law Center anytime Monday through Friday, from 8:30 to 5 pm when office people are there. Just remember there's a good chance when you come by the DUI attorney will be in the trenches at court or at DMV.

The San Diego County DUI Law Center is here to help and strives to answer all questions as soon as possible while vigorously representing and defending at every available opportunity.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Most DUI arrests in California are alcohol-related but many are drug-related & due to increased enforcement & costs, the number of drunk driving deaths have gone down, San Diego County DUI Law Center announced

Even though there are more different ways of getting a DUI in California including on your boat (BUI) or by prescription drugs or medical marijuana, e.g. (see this San Diego DUI attorney article), the number of DUI cases are down and drunk driving fatalities are down in California.

That's right. DMV's latest DUI survey confirms this.

California has seen a sharp decline in alcohol-involved crash fatalities in 2010.

Alcohol and drug-involved crash fatalities dropped by more than 15% in 2010. [2010 is is the latest year the California Department of Motor Vehicles has available.]

The complete California drunk driving study studied 2000-2010.

Highlights include:

1. A significant rise in DUI-related arrests since 2006 and the drop in DUI-related fatalities are both a result of a highly funded, bigger California DUI enforcement campaign.

2. A spike in drug-related driving deaths. From 2000 to 2010, drug-involved fatal accidents increased 63%.

3. A DUI will cost a person from $8,000-15,000 including increased insurance cost. (Cost increases if medical bills.)

4. Median age of a DUI person in California in 2010 was thirty years old.

5. Over 70% conviction rate.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Can you get a DUI on a raft, California DUI attorneys who handle BUI cases are asked? In Alaska a "RUI" criminal defense lawyer is needed!

Only in Alaska. A rafter - not a rapper - will stand trial on a RUI - rafting under the influence, DUI lawyers in California are told.

RUI's are rare DUI charges for floaters in the great state, San Diego drunk driving attorneys note. This rafter was pretty toasted as he navigated the waters through Fairbanks on an inflatable raft over the weekend.


Under Alaska’s DUI law, operating a water craft means to “navigate a vessel used or capable of being used as a means of transportation on water for recreational or commercial purposes on all waters, fresh or salt, inland or coastal, inside the territorial limits or under the jurisdiction of the state.”

Alaska’s DUI or BUI law is similar to California's. Operating motor vehicles is similar to operating water craft and airplanes.

Here's the thing. Alaska State Troopers got a complaint of a “heavily intoxicated” man floating down the Chena River near the Parks Highway bridge at 6:40 p.m.. A state wildlife trooper boat came to the scene to find 32-year-old William Modene.

“Modene had been floating on the river for the day and consuming alcoholic beverages the entire time,” troopers claim in the “daily dispatches” log on their website.

At .313%, his BAC was just about 4 times the legal limit for operating a vehicle or vessel.

Modene is from Juneau and was cooperative with troopers, a trait which should help with jurors, say lawyers defending DUI cases.