Sunday, June 30, 2013

34 San Diego DUI arrests at downtown & Pacific Beach DUI Checkpoints, announce California DUI attorneys.

San Diego County DUI Law Center continues to update locations of California drunk driving checkpoint locations in San Diego as the 4th of July looms, say California DUI lawyers.  The latest California DUI roadblocks are East Village (downtown San Diego) and Pacific Beach (northern San Diego) this past weekend, note DUI attorneys in California.

1400 G Street and 2400 Grand Avenue in San Diego and Pacific Beach, California, are the locations of the California DUI checkpoints last night, from 11 pm to 3:00 a.m. Sunday.

Nearly 2,000 cars, trucks and motorcycles were trapped going through the downtown East Village San Diego California DUI checkpoints.  Over 550 drivers faced California DUI screening while over 30 went through field sobriety testing by San Diego DUI cops.  19 San Diego California arrests were made, say California DUI lawyers.

Over 1,100 drivers were not allowed to get out of Pacific Beach without going through that San Diego DUI roadblock, causing over 640 screenings, over 30 field sobriety testings and 15 San Diego California DUI arrests, California DUI attorneys report.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

San Diego California DUI Press Conference Tuesday: 4th of July drunk driving arrest fireworks, lawyers warn

California DUI Attorneys need to warn the public of this action in San Diego.  There's a countywide push to get drunk drivers off the road for the Fourth of July weekend. The San Diego County Sheriff's Department is stepping up its "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" Campaign to stop impaired drivers and save lives on our roadways, California DUI Lawyers are told.

The crackdown, in partnership with the county's AVOID the 15 DUI task Force – named for the number
of law enforcement agencies involved, will run from Wednesday, July 3rd through Sunday, July 7th.

A news conference is scheduled to announce the special enforcement on:
Tuesday, July 2nd 10:00 a.m.
Bonita Cove Parking Lot and Grass Area
1100 West Mission Bay Drive, San Diego

Featuring Sheriff Bill Gore, SDPD Chief Bill Lansdowne, CHP Assistant Chief John Antillon,
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Executive Director Steve Lykins, and Alcohol Policy
Panel Chair Beth Sise

Motorcycle units with the AVOID the 15 partners will arrive at Bonita Cove prior to the start of the
news conference. The media contacts on scene are Melissa Aquino/SDSD and Officer Mark McCullough/SDPD.

Agencies participating in the Avoid the 15 task force include:

San Diego County Sheriff's Department Oceanside Police Department
California State Parks Ocotillo Wells Palomar College Police Department
Cal State San Marcos Police Department San Diego County Probation
Chula Vista Police Department San Diego Harbor Police Department
Coronado Police Department San Diego Police Department
Escondido Police Department San Diego State University Police Department
La Mesa Police Department University of California San Diego Police Department
National City Police Department
The California Highway Patrol or CHP will also deploy all available DUI cops to bust folks for San Diego DUI, attorneys are told.

2013 Summer Edition of California DUI Lawyers News

California's summer of 2013 is upon San Diego.  The full moon and summer solstice triggered DUI arrests in San Diego California, as attorneys to assist locals & visitors facing challenging issues.  San Diego's Del Mar fair season featured international beer tasting, triggering more assistance from California DUI lawyers.   Del Mar's dog beach leashed up and racetrack season nears, as San Diego California DUI attorneys jockey for positioning in assisting drivers fearing loss of job, license  & liberty. 

Humphrey's tasteful musical lineups attract crowds almost every summer evening.  Casbah, Belly Up and other clubs serve a diverse assortment of alcohol with sweet sounds this week, San Diego California drunk driving criminal defense lawyers hear.

As the 4th of July rapidly approaches, pretty girls line the beaches as wandering eyes roam freely.   Vacationers hit Sea World near the California DUI Highway Patrol on Pacific Highway, Legoland in Carlsbad, the San Diego Zoo, Wild Animal Park in Escondido,, Tijuana Mexico, beautiful San Diego golf courses, Petco Field, Gaslamp, Pacific Beach and other local California attractions which serve booze, San Diego DUI lawyers summarize.

August features warmer Pacific Ocean water, making La Jolla, Ocean Beach, Mission Beach, Solana Beach, Oceanside and Cardiff fun places to go see.  The San Diego Chargers begin training camp and prepare for the 2013 fall season. 

The bottom line is school is out and everyone should have fun but drive safely, remind California DUI attorneys.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

California Office of Traffic Safety spent thousands of $$$ this weekend making 1 San Diego DUI arrest, California DUI lawyers announce

The California Office of Traffic Safety spent $1,000.00's this weekend making 1 San Diego DUI arrest, California DUI attorneys learned today.  San Diego International Beer Festival at Del Mar served unlimited beer for one entry fee, so they sent out unlimited drunk driving cops, California DUI lawyers note.

DUI police from San Diego, Oceanside, National City, University of California San Diego, La Mesa, Coronado and the San Diego County Probation Department stepped up Drunk Driving Patrols all weekend. What did they get?  Ninety-five traffic stops but only 1 San Diego California DUI arrest, lawyers are told.

Was it worth those taxpayer dollars?  How did other weekend crime measure up in those cities?  Where are those stats?  Where were those cops?

Monday, June 17, 2013

"Silence" can be used against them even though he or she has not even been told yet of his or her right to remain silent, California DUI attorneys hear of the new U.S. Supreme Court decision.

A frequent question asked California DUI lawyers is "what is the effect of not being read my Miranda rights?"  The disappointing answer in DUI cases can be read here, remind DUI attorneys in California.  Implied Consent takes away one's right to speak to an attorney before having to blow or provide a blood sample, drunk driving lawyers in San Diego know.

Today things got even worse.  The country's highest Court says now that a person's "silence" can be used against them even though he or she has not even been told yet of his or her right to remain silent.  In Salinas v. Texas, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 against the accused who was convicted of murder.  During questioning with cops, and prior to being arrested or advised of Miranda rights, Mr. Salinas answered a number of questions but did not answer when questioned about a shotgun he had access to would match up with the murder weapon.

Texas prosecuting attorneys used this silence on that question as part of their case to convict, suggesting it demonstrated his guilt.  He appealed based on the U.S. Constitution, 5th Amendment right to remain silent.  The Texas courts disagreed, stating silence before Miranda admonition is not protected by that 5th Amendment.

So much for Americans' belief in the right against forced self-incrimination.   Or at least in cases when the defendant answers some but not all questions and when he/she does not invoke his right to remain silent.  Since he was not arrested and not compelled to talk, his silence got no protection from the U.S. Constitution, the Justices felt.  He should have claimed the protection of his privilege against self-incrimination, attorneys analyze.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Warning: San Diego California DUI Warrant Sweep today, lawyers remind

Saturday, June 15, 2013 Press Release:  Today, the San Diego Sheriff's Department's Court Services Bureau-Field Division conduct a California DUI warrant sweep, attorneys warn.

This California DUI warrant sweep will take place in the North County and South Bay region of San Diego County, say California DUI lawyers.

The San Diego California areas affected by the DUI sweep included the cities of Vista, San Marcos, Oceanside, Encinitas, National City, Chula Vista, and Imperial Beach.

The focus of the San Diego operation was on the apprehension of suspects with outstanding misdemeanor California DUI and felony Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Domestic Violence-related warrants.

36 San Diego California DUI warrants are to be cleared. This warrant sweep is funded by the Sheriff's Warrant System Automation Trust Fund. The trust fund is made up of assessment fees collected from people who have violated a written promise to appear in court or otherwise failed to comply with a California DUI court order.

The San Diego Sheriff's Department will continue its efforts in the apprehension of wanted subjects in California. Persons who have outstanding warrants are encouraged to contact their California DUI attorneys or turn themselves in Monday - Friday between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm at any one of the Sheriff's Court Facilities.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Driving while black swimmer busted for bad DUI - red eyes caused by swimming California drunk driving attorneys share

Black Swimmer who works out at LA Fitness at night threatens to sue Surprise Arizona Police Department for D-W-B (Driving while black), constantly stopping and harassing him, California DUI lawyers are told.   Because he swims late causing bloodshot or red eyes, the DUI police mistakenly assumed he was drunk, say California DUI attorneys.

Sixty-four year old retired firefighter Jessie Thornton adjusted his scheduled because his wife works long shifts.  He's been pulled over ten times and given 4 tickets.  He crossed a white line in his lane so cops stopped him again and accused him of being DUI because of his eyes.  When he tried to tell the cop he was not drunk - that he instead just left the gym pool - he had to do DUI field tests with bad knees and a bad hip.

One DUI cop shined a light in his eye and said sorry, asking the other DUI cop if he was doing it right.  When arrested, he blew .000% on the breath test gadget.  So the Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) was called in, concluding no impairment.  A blood test showed no drugs.  But his vehicle was impounded and the Motor Vehicle Department was informed of the DUI.

Activist Erin Brockovich, was busted for BUI - Boating under the influence in Lake Mead, California DUI lawyers say

California DUI attorneys are told one of our own residents, activist Erin Brockovich, was busted for BUI - Boating under the influence in Lake Mead.   The woman Julie Roberts played maintains she was only moving the boat around the dock (and was not operating the boat in the open lake waters), California DUI lawyers are told.

In Nevada where this BUI will be prosecuted, a first DUI/BUI means $1,000 to 2,000 in fines but no jail time, say California drunk driving criminal defense attorneys.

She recently worked on her latest adventure, Last Call at the Oasis, another environmental effort.  This DUI / BUI cost her $1,000 in bail money.

In California, here are the BUI laws in the San Diego County DUI Law Center's Rick Mueller's web page.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Expert Okorie Okorocha debunks field sobriety testing in this new peer-reviewed journal article, California DUI Lawyers Association announces

Reputable Expert Okorie Okorocha* debunks field sobriety testing in this new peer-reviewed journal article, California DUI Lawyers Association announced this weekend!


Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST's) constitute a "useless exercise for both the subject of investigation  and the officer, as the tests are based on scientifically incorrect and implausible ideas.

These tests’ research foundation is fraught with error, and, moreover, the testers are not qualified to conduct
these tests, making SFSTs potentially invalid and unreliable.  [Spurgeon Cole, Field Sobriety Tests: Are They Designed for Failure?, 79 PERCEPT. MOTOR SKILLS 99 (1994)]

Further, these tests are no better than guessing, as proven by Cole and Nowaczyk.

These tests need to be abolished.  Unfortunately, these tests carry the aura of credibility because the U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration granted its seal of approval because these tests are 'standardized' and verified by field studies."

California DUI attorneys remind that these tests are voluntary.  So if they won't abolish these tests in drunk driving cases, simply remember not to do these optional exercises.

* Okorie Okorocha, M.S. (Pharmaceutical Science-Specialization in Forensic Science), J.D., has been held to be an expert in forensic science and toxicology in DUI cases in the Superior Courts of 16 counties in California.

DUI expert Okorocha previously published a peer-reviewed article in the Journal of Forensic Sciences.

Mr. Okorocha thanks Stefan Rose, M.D., who inspired this article through his teachings and research.