Saturday, March 30, 2013

Smart phone breath test gadget allows you to avoid a California DUI & having to hire a lawyer

Drink Smart.  Be safe.   All you have to is use the World's First Smartphone Breath Test Gadget, say California DUI lawyers.  You can carry it in your pocket, purse or on your car key chain, emphasize DUI attorneys in California.

That's right.  The compact Breathometer can make sure you drive safely, avoid a California DUI, save $14,000 to $16,000 and never have to retain the best drunk driving lawyer to defend you and save your California driver's license.

It can track your drinking as it attempts to measure your BAC (blood alcohol concentration) and try to make sure you are below the .08% legal DUI limit when you drive in California.

You get it out, put in your hand, blow in it and look at your Smartphone, in a restaurant, bar or at home.  It can be used every time you drink.

The gadget easily connects to your Android or iPhone by way of an audio jack.  You simply download the application, hook up the gadget, blow and wait for your results on the screen of your phone.  Piece of cake. No-brainer.

Friday, March 29, 2013

While San Diego Police Department DUI Superstar Officer Jim Zirpolo was enjoying his MADD trophy for Most DUI Arrests of the Year (2012), another San Diego Police Officer accused of drunk driving pled NOT GUILTY to California DUI charges including a reckless driving excessive speed enhancement allegation

While San Diego Police Department DUI Superstar Officer Jim Zirpolo was enjoying his MADD trophy for Most DUI Arrests of the Year (2012), another San Diego Police Officer accused of drunk driving pled NOT GUILTY to California DUI charges including a reckless driving enhancement allegation, California DUI criminal defense attorneys are told.

J. Blackford, a San Diego Police Department detective allegedly drove DUI and recklessly on December 7th while going 20 miles per hour over the posted speed limit on Princess View Drive in Allied Gardens causing a California DUI accident, lawyers claim.

  4 other San Diego Police Department cops allegedly were involved in coming to his rescue - and a possible "cover-up" - after the drunk driving crash, California DUI lawyers are told.

If the allegations are proven, the San Diego Police Officer faces a mandatory 60 days in custody under California Vehicle Code Section 23582.  His next court date is 4/11/13.  It is possible his San Diego DUI attorney could obtain a favorable plea bargain dismissing the 23582 60 day enhancement allegation for allegedly reckless driving - excessive speed.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Why does it cost so much for a California DUI Attorney?

It's your first DUI in California.  You start wondering if you need a lawyer or if you can apply for a San Diego county public defender attorney for your California DUI.

You begin contacting California DUI drunk driving lawyers.  They seem to cost so much! Specialists can even cost more.

Why are California DUI criminal defense attorney prices as high as they are?!

  • RESULTS.  You want results.  You will pay for results.  It's all about results when it comes to California DUI attorneys!
  • KNOWLEDGE.  How do you think a top California DUI lawyer gets good results.  Because he or she has Special Knowledge in defending drunk driving cases in court and at the DMV.
  • TRAINING.  After 3 years of law school, the real training begins when it comes to California DUI attorneys.   It boils down to lawyers being properly trained at top DUI / DMV seminars in California and throughout the U.S.
  • EXPERIENCE.  To become a well-trained, knowledgeable California DUI attorney, one must have experience.  The # of years is one tell-tale.  The # of victories is another.  Lots of hard work over a long period of time, in the trenches.  Who said the quality things in life were easy or cheap!  
  • DIFFICULTY.  The degree of difficulty in a California DUI or drunk driving case can be the highest degree of difficulty in criminal defense work.
  • ATTITUDE.  You want your California DUI Attorney to have the right attitude.  Understanding it costs alot to reserve the proper California DUI criminal & DMV defense lawyer attitude is the beginning to seeing what it costs so much for effective representation.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Can you tell the difference in this video between an "accent" and "slurred speech" that California DUI cops frequently claim to observe, lawyers ask?

Certain people naturally slur their words.  So what happens when a cop talks to a California driver and thinks the person is drunk or DUI based on what could be perceived as "slurred speech," criminal defense attorneys ask?

And how is that perception enhanced when the person talking seems to go on and on while seemingly speaking in a way which sounds like the driver's speech is slurred, California DUI lawyers probe?

A Big-Ticket Money physical sign or so-called "symptom" San Diego California cops claim DUI drivers manifest is "slurred speech."  (Attorneys see it in almost every DUI police report written by a San Diego California officer.)

Slurred speech certainly helps a cop try to prove their case that a driver was drunk.  What happens when    it turns out the speech was not slurred because the person was not drinking alcohol?

That is the case in this video of former Clash legend Joe Strummer whose accent obviously could be mistaken for slurred speech.  Joe is actually sober.  The video apparently depicts an early day interview with lots of sunshine and probably a cup of tea or coffee on his desk.

The time of day is important.  If a California DUI cop stops someone late at night, attorneys will tell you the cop is suspicious that the person may be drunk.  So it would be easier to be tempted to mistaken an accent for slurred speech in that situation, perhaps primarily because of the mindset of the California drunk driving cop at the time of their initial conversation, lawyers emphasize.

While many miss Joe in the musical world, we hope California Deputy Donut does not miss an accent vs. slurred speech distinction.  Such a preconceived miss could lead to similar other observations ultimately ending up with - the proverbial bowling ball rolling down the lane - an inevitable arrest for drunk driving.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

How to figure out if you are "eligible" for "Early Reinstatement" of your California driving privilege with a 2nd DUI, attorneys explain?

So you got arrested for drunk driving and have a prior DUI (in California or out-of-state) within 10 years of this new one, California lawyers ask?  You're worried about your driving privilege and the prospect of not being able to legally drive in California for 2 years under the law, DUI attorneys know.

A complicated situation has arisen.  The first thing you need to do is have the Date of Conviction and the length of your probation period for your first DUI available should a probing California lawyer inquire.

This is important since it could be the difference between not driving for 1 year vs. 90 days, California DUI attorneys point out.   California drunk driving law permits a driver who installs an Ignition Interlock Device to apply for Early Reinstatement of one's restricted driver's license after 90 days of a DMV suspension and court conviction IF:

1.  You are NOT on probation for your previous DUI (which requires you NOT to drive with .01%);
2.  You did NOT refuse the Implied Consent chemical (breath or blood) test on your new California DUI; and
3.  No drugs were involved in the new case which could be interpreted by DMV as a drug-related DUI case vs. a straight alcohol California DUI case.

If so eligible, upon doing 4 things, you could be driving again:

1.  Enroll in Multiple Conviction California DUI Program;
2.  Install an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) on your vehicle;
3.  Have an Insurance Company file an SR-22; and
4.  Pay California DMV reissue fees.

For further details, email the San Diego County California DUI Law Center.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Why would 4 cops risk their jobs after arriving to the scene of a San Diego drunk driving collision, California DUI attorneys ask?

Why would San Diego California Police Department officers try to "cover-up" a DUI accident?  Why would 4 cops risk their jobs after arriving to the scene of a San Diego drunk driving collision, California DUI attorneys ask?

Isn't it interesting that there would be a 1 hour, 44 minute delay between this .09% California DUI blood test and when the accident was called in to an on-duty San Diego Police department cop, lawyers ask?

Are these the same police that try to get a California DUI blood or breath as quickly as possible, in relation to the time of driving (crash)?!  Then why allow a 3 hour delay, California criminal defense lawyers wonder.

Don't these San Diego DUI investigating officers understand about dissipation of alcohol over passage of time, California criminal defense attorneys ask?

San Diego Police Department Detective J. Blackford allegedly was partying with other San Diego Police officer prior to running into a utility box sometime after midnight.  You're a cop.  You hit a utility box.  You call it in, right?  No.  No reporting by the driver.

Instead, San Diego Police Department Sgt. J. Iammarino and SDPD Detective D. Caropreso, off-duty buddies, arrived.  Then on-duty San Diego Police Department cops Sgt. W. Brown and Sgt. C. Tivanian come.  One of them used a PAS (Preliminary Alcohol Screening Test) breath test.  Obviously that test was closer in time to the time of the cop DUI crash.  Conveniently those results were not reported.

Can you say cover-up?  Yes, considering every single day the San Diego Police Department shows up in court and tries to get a jury or judge to consider the results of that hand-held gadget regardless of its lack of reliability or trustworthiness.

It took a motion by the San Diego City Attorney's Office, which prosecutes California DUI cases, to try to get a court order for the PAS results which are part of some allegedly confidential internal police investigation. Uh oh.

Welcome to San Diego Police Department DUI blog.  San Diego PD officers are often cops who like to have fun, like to drink and even exchange sex for California DUI charges not being filed.  America's Finest City.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Vigorous California DUI & DMV lawyer defense representation can be had "for a reasonable fee" - but do not overpay and remember these rules when deciding on a California DUI attorney:

Aggressive California DUI attorney defense representation can be had "for a reasonable fee."

But remember that California DUI lawyer fees for things you don't need can be avoided.  Why pay in advance for a San Diego California DUI attorney for fee which is not necessary or which you will likely not need?!


"The best California DUI attorneys are not inexpensive.
Inexpensive DUI lawyers are not the best in California."

Approach:  Frequent as many San Diego California DUI attorney sites as often as you can.  Costs vary among California DUI lawyers.  The potential $16,000 plus cost of a California DUI or drunk driving conviction will easily exceed any reasonable California DUI criminal defense attorney fee cost.

"If you think hiring a professional is expensive, wait until you hire an amateur."  [Red Adair, famous American oil well Firefighter]   The cheapest California DUI lawyer option may sound great...until you realize it is not, usually too far into the California DUI case to fix.

Monday, March 18, 2013

California DUI Checkpoint Update for San Diego County - old (St. Patrick's Day wrap-up) and new (San Marcos this weekend), lawyers warn

California DUI attorneys interested in helping folks make responsible decisions to avoid their rights from being violated - like driving into a California DUI checkpoint - are constantly updating their website's list of roadblock locations.  The idea is that people can stay home, get a taxi or a designated driver, suggest California Drunk Driving Lawyers.

A San Diego California DUI checkpoint will be held this friday, March 22nd, at a secret location sometime after 6:30 p.m.  See this Press Release, California DUI lawyers warn.

Here's three local St. Patrick's Day results for San Diego California DUI arrest activities:

1) San Diego Sheriff's Encinitas station staged a California DUI checkpoint on 3/16/13 from 8:00 p.m. through 3/17/13 at 2:30 a.m. in the 1800 Block of S. Coast Highway 101 in the City of Encinitas, California, say lawyers.


2) California DUI Deputies from the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Imperial Beach Sheriff’s Station conducted a DUI sobriety / driver’s license checkpoint on Saturday March 16, 2013, from 8:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. in the 900 block of Palm Ave. in the City of Imperial Beach.  No drunk driving arrests were made.

The California DUI checkpoint was staffed by approximately 14 DUI trained Sheriff California DUI Deputies.

A total of 891 vehicle drivers were contacted during the California DUI checkpoint. The California DUI operation resulted in two drunk in public arrests, twenty-one vehicles were directed into the secondary inspection area for further evaluation, 7 citations were issued for suspended, revoked, or no driver’s license and two vehicles were impounded during the operation.

OTHER ARREST TOTAL (Drunk in Public) 2

3) In Poway, 1 California DUI arrest was made on 03/15/13, from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. as California DUI deputies from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Poway Station conducted a DUI / driver's license checkpoint for eastbound traffic in the 12100 block of Poway Road, in the city of Poway. During the California DUI  / driver's license checkpoint a total of 2361 vehicles passed through the California DUI checkpoint. 1822 vehicles were screened in the primary inspection area. Thirty-six vehicles were sent to the secondary screening area, so the driver could have their license status checked.

There was one DUI evaluation conducted with the driver being arrested for suspicion of DUI. 12 citations were issued for drivers that were driving without a valid driver's license. Additionally, three drivers were issued citations for driving on suspended licenses. One driver was arrested for driving while in possession of marijuana and one driver was arrested for driving while in possession of a controlled substance. 9 vehicles were towed from the California DUI checkpoint, lawyers report.

4) The San Diego PD and CHP staged a California DUI checkpoint at G and 14th on St. Patrick's Day in East Village, San Diego, lawyers report.  16 folks were busted for drunk driving.  663 out of 936 vehicles were screened.  38 were evaluated for California DUI.  A mom with a fifteen-month-old faces drunk driving and child endangerment charges.  On a new level, San Diego DUI cops employed spiked strips to prevent 2 motorists from trying to drive away.  Ouch.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Warning: Roving DUI Patrols throughout California, say lawyers - avoid the $15,000 - 20,000 mistake attorneys plead

Keep it a happy st. patrick's day, say DUI lawyers.  The Auto Club of California says a DUI can cost $15,649 and California DUI attorneys say that is a low estimate That does not include if there are dead bodies, injuries or other criminal charges.  Drunk driving is costly.

The cash starts with the impound fees and booking charges.  It costs money to be bailed out for a DUI.  The tow and storage fees kick in.  Alternative transportation cost is not included so make sure your California DMV lawyer saves your license.

Costs include classes, attorney fees for DUI and DMV defense, auto insurance increases, fines and fees to both court and DMV, etc.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Put away your cellphone and drive carefully after St. Patrick's Day Weekend celebrations in San Diego California - this leprechaun may not be with you to give you good luck of the Irish!

Be careful this weekend if you are drinking green beer for St. Patrick's Day, California DUI Attorneys warn.

Be especially mindful of the traditional San Diego county drunk driving checkpoints for this holiday weekend,  remind DUI Lawyers in California.  Here's a partial list of some of last year's San Diego California DUI roadblocks.

Cops look to make overtime this weekend so there will be plenty of guns, badges & flashing lights to go around the county of San Diego, California.  Donuts & coffee will flow amongst most San Diego Sheriff's Department DUI deputies and San Diego Police Department OT hounds.

The luck of the leprechaun may not be on your side when you get on your cell phone, go over the idiot bumps, hear the siren and look in your rearview mirror to see the overhead lights of San Diego's finest DUI cops on the prowl.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Rainbow Cock Fighting Comes to End - 46 birds killed in San Diego California, misdemeanor criminal defense lawyers say

Possessing game cocks for fighting is not a DUI but its bad intentions and sad animal consequences may have deeper moral implications than the run-of-the-mill DUI, California drunk driving criminal defense lawyers maintain.

Cock fighting is a misdemeanor in California under Penal Code Section 597(j), say criminal defense attorneys who also handle misdemeanor cases.

It means there is gambling with two or more specially bred birds put inside an enclosure. Death is the end result.  One of the cocks is killed.

A Rainbow Cock fighting ring was uncovered and shut down today at 47000 Rainblow Glen Road between San Diego County and Riverside County.  It happened during a probationary search.   San Diego Sheriff's deputies arrested thirty-nine year old Blanca Campos for possession of drug paraphernalia and an outstanding warrant.

Rolando Carbajal, forty-seven years of age, got popped for possessing cocks for fighting.  46 birds were euthanized.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

6 month law license suspension for lawyer by California State Bar for DUI and Driving on suspended license 9 days after DUI court ordered the attorney not to drive

A DUI can have a devastating effect on the career of anyone, including a licensed California lawyer.   Sometimes the California State Bar takes action; sometimes they do not.  The more criminal convictions, the higher the chance for the California attorney getting suspended by the Review Department, say San Diego DUI lawyers.

A fifty-three year old California attorney from Woodland Hills got hit with a 6 month suspension of his California law license, beginning 1/1/13, DUI lawyers discovered reading this month's California Lawyer (p. 56).

The California lawyer was convicted in 2008 of Vehicle Code Section 23152(b) - driving with a BAC of .08% or higher (arising out of a California DUI arrest).  In 2009, the same California attorney was convicted of Vehicle Code Section 14601.2(a) - driving on a suspended license arising out the DUI conviction.

In hammering this California lawyer for these DUI-related convictions, the Department took into consideration his prior record of discipline.  Prior California actions do not help.  The prior record may or may not have been a factor when the two above California convictions initially were referred to the State Bar Alternative Discipline Program and later consolidated.  There was ultimately a stipulation for a misdemeanor conviction warranting discipline but it is suspected the attorney did not feel the State would suspend or suspend for so long.

The Department noted the California attorney "showed indifference" by knowingly drive with a suspended driver's license 9 days after the DUI court ordered him NOT to drive (without a valid license).

In mitigation, the California attorney cooperated with the State Bar investigation & proceedings.

Monday, March 4, 2013

What are the requirement for a "wet and reckless" or "wet reckless," California DUI attorneys are asked

California DUI criminal defense lawyers are not sure why people arrested for drunk driving in California think they need to see if they can get their DUI knocked down to a reckless driving, alcohol-related.

First of all, what makes you think that is the best deal for you?

Second, what makes you think that is a good deal for you?

Third, and perhaps most importantly just because you think you are probably over the .08% legal BAC limit does not mean you should not try to defend your California DUI case.  Why not see if a top California DUI attorney can review and analyze your case first?!

Fourth, are you asking this question because some California "DUI lawyers" mentioned on their website this is something you are interested in?

Fifth, did you know there is no such thing as a "wet & reckless" or a "wet reckless"?  The California Vehicle Code permits charges sometimes to be reduced to "reckless driving, alcohol-related" but you won't find the word "wet" in Section 23103 per 23103.5, the subject statute.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Marijuana #2 After Alcohol in causing DUI Drug Impairment, new publication claims, its timing questioned by California DUI attorneys as a proposed zero tolerance bill is presently debated

After booze, Marijuana has been credited with the second most drug related DUI in California which causes "impairment," California DUI attorneys learned today from the Clinical Chemistry journal and the 3/1/13 Science Daily report.

The study claims Marijuana is 2nd to alcohol for accidents and "impaired" driving, California DUI lawyers relate.

Release of this "study" comes at an expedient time when one California legislator is trying to pass per se DUI - drug laws.  (See San Diego County DUI Law Center's article "Crazy California DUI 'drugged driving' bill tries to make it ZERO TOLERANCE for 'ANY' detectable drugs in one's system while driving.")

Marijuana, coincidentally, is purportedly now said to cause "detrimental effects" on the performance and maybe also on the "driving" of human being, claims the National Institute of Health (another government-related agency).

Questionable research suggests the so-called "desire" or "necessity" for doing something to decrease DUI - Marijuana.  One conclusion is correct - "further studies" need to be done to try to truly determine - or at least have realistically investigated - safe driving and marijuana relationship based on dose-response.

Marijuana is detectable in daily tokers' blood for about thirty days after the last toke, according to the AACC's Clinical Chemistry journal.   Three years ago, almost 13% of surveyed younger adults indicated they drove while DUI (drugs).  A 5 year old National Roadside Survey indicates more drivers tested positive for drugs (including marijuana) than liquor.  This inconclusive information claims to make a finding that marijuana tokers experience a tenfold increase in vehicle accident injury compared with not-so-frequent or non-marijuana users upon adjustment for BAC, whatever that means.

Of course the study conveniently overlooks the fact that the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration long ago dismissed the idea that pscyhomotor impairment may be presumed from the detection of marijuana's active THC ingredient or is metabolite.

The publication goes on to suggest that now marijuana "cannabinoids" are detectable in chronic daily marijuana tokers for thirty days of sustained abstinence.  The report suggests this is consistent with the "time course of persisting neurocognitive impairment."  The National Institutes of Health's Dr. Huestis points out the data adds "critical information to the debate about the toxicity of chronic daily (marijuana) smoking" previously unavailable because of how hard and costly it was to study chronic daily smokers.

Friday, March 1, 2013

"Where do I get the money for a California DUI lawyer, when do I need to hire a California DUI attorney, what kind of California DUI lawyer should I hire, how much will a California DUI attorney cost and why do I need one?"

Saving up for a rainy day is something we all have to do, especially if you need a DUI lawyer in California at some point.

"Where do I get money for a California DUI attorney?"  Having a war chest is a necessity in this day and age.  Emergency funds are essential.  Family should only be a back-up option.  Friends are a possibility.

"When will I need to hire a DUI attorney in California?"  Because DMV only gives the driver 10 calendar days to stop the license suspension action, a person with a pink order of suspension should probably retain a California DUI lawyer within the first week or so.  But he or she should not be rushed by any "DUI attorney" in California because it does not matter if DMV is contacted on the 9th or 10th day, or the 2nd or 3rd day, just as long as it is WITHIN 10 days.

These keys to hiring the best California DUI attorney are something to be aware of.  One has to know WHAT to ask a prospective California DUI and DMV lawyer.

"What kind of kind of California DUI attorney will I need?"  A Specialist designated by the California DUI Lawyers Association is your best choice.  Would you go to Walmart for a brain surgeon?

Since only about 2 to 5% of California DUI cases go to jurty trial, people should not pay for a lawyer who charges upfront for a jurty trial when in fact most people will not need a jurty trial.  [See California DUI attorney article entitled:  "Why Pay for a San Diego DUI Fee You Would Not Use?  Why Most DUI Cases Do Not Go To Trial."]

"So how much will it cost?"  Expect to pay at least $3,500 to 4,500 just to retain a California DUI Attorney.  That obviously does not include an improbable jury trial.  $3,500 to 4,500 is the minimum fee one can expect to pay a San Diego DUI Lawyer Specialist regardless if it takes the attorney one phone call or multiple court and/or or DMV appearances court.  The key objective is to get the best possible result.

"Why do I need a California DUI attorney?"  Because you can't represent yourself.