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  1. Mark Deniz has been a member of the California State bar for over 11 years.

  2. Mark is involved with the San Diego Bar Association serving on its legal panel.

  3. Due to his legal experience Mark Deniz has the privilege of serving on several attorney panels.

  4. Mark Deniz is a top contributor on Avvo providing outstanding legal advice. Mark Deniz also serves on the Avvo Legal Panel. The only San Diego Criminal Defense attorney who is on the panel.

  5. Mark Deniz is a member of California DUI Lawyers Association.

  6. Nation's Premier | NACDA | Top Ten Ranking 2014

    Mark Deniz has been named one of The National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys “Top 10” Attorneys.

  7. Mark Deniz has been deemed by The Lead Counsel Rating for providing exceptional legal representation to individuals and businesses.

  8. The firm is a member of the better business bureau who ensures quality service for its clients.

  9. The National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 Trial Lawyers

    Mark Deniz has consistently been named one of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers.

  10. Mark Deniz is a member of the prestigious National College for DUI defense and has completed its intensive summer session curriculum conducted at Harvard Law School.

  11. Mark Deniz has received AVVO’s prestigious Clients’ Choice award

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  13. Proudly Serving the Community Service 2003

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Ravens RB arrested for DUI. A look at unintended consequences

I was reading the news today when I came across the article about Ravens RB Bernard Pierce who was cut from his job because of a DUI arrest.

Unintended consequences... it is one of the most appropriate terms for a San Diego DUI. Does someone's decision making need to be scrutinized by their employer if someone gets a San Diego DUI?

A San Diego DUI comes with so many penalties. Some of which happen while the individual walks into court.

I have written in previous articles about DMV license suspensions, San Diego DUI fines, and DUI education courses.

However, today we focus on an individual's job. There are some professions (Nurses, teachers, police) who have to go through a process when receiving a San Diego DUI. Some jobs take it on a case-by-case basis. Should they?  I mean even here an NFL Running back lost his job.

On one hand people would say that individual's decision making is in question and it needs to be determined they should continue with their job. On the other hand, who here has not gone out and had a fun time? Could it be a borderline blood alcohol level and just a drive into checkpoint a few miles from home? Were they even impaired? Has the individual shown any signs of alcohol abuse or bad decision making before? The facts should be taken into consideration and not act with a knee-jerk reaction.

It is a valid argument and a case can be made for both sides. I as an employer would ensure that any criminal charge would be brought to my attention. We then would look over the facts to see if there are any flags.

In any event, the unintended consequences of a San Diego DUI go far beyond the DMV and the courts. It can stretch all the way to your livelihood. Below is an article on the issue. Enjoy the day.

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Another Ravens player in trouble with the law and off the team. Running back Bernard Pierce was arrested for drunk driving in Towson early Wednesday morning. He is the ninth Ravens player arrested in the past 13 months and the third cut this off-season.

Meghan McCorkell has more on this latest case.

Police say Pierce was going more than 20 miles over the speed limit when he was stopped and charged with driving under the influence.

He's been a Ravens running back for three seasons but Bernard Pierce will not be playing for the Ravens anymore. Around 2 a.m. Wednesday, police in Towson pulled Pierce over for drunk driving along Dulaney Valley Road.

"We have three standard sobriety tests: a horizontal gaze and stagmus test, a walk and turn test and a balancing test and he failed all three," said Cpl. John Wachter, Baltimore County Police.

Court documents show as he was being arrested, Pierce told the officer, "Do you know what happened the last time a Ravens player got a DUI? I'm getting cut tomorrow. Not like you care."

Pierce is referring to Victor Hampton, who was cut from the team earlier this month after being arrested for DUI in North Carolina. He's not alone. Nose tackle Terrance Cody was released from the Ravens while facing charges of animal abuse.

The Ravens have tightened their conduct policy after facing criticism for their handling of Ray Rice's arrest on domestic violence charges.

"Everybody's going to be under a different kind of scrutiny from here on out and that's a good thing," said Head Coach John Harbaugh.

"There's been a lot of that going around the league so I think it's good for them to set the right tone," said a fan.

Some fans on Twitter are already firing back at Pierce, writing, "Really man? DUI! Come on man" and "Couldn't of called an Uber? Good job giving us even more dead money."

Just before releasing Pierce, the Ravens issued a statement saying, "We are aware of the situation and learning more about it. We take these matters seriously." Shortly after, they Tweeted that Pierce had been released.

That zero tolerance policy is coming into play as Pierce was cut from the roster.

If Pierce is convicted, he could face a suspension under the NFL's new drug policy.

The full article can be found here.

Here is the relevant statutes:

23152. (a) It is unlawful for a person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage to drive a vehicle. (b) It is unlawful for a person who has 0.08 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood to drive a vehicle. For purposes of this article and Section 34501.16, percent, by weight, of alcohol in a person's blood is based upon grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood or grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath. In any prosecution under this subdivision, it is a rebuttable presumption that the person had 0.08 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood at the time of driving the vehicle if the person had 0.08 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood at the time of the performance of a chemical test within three hours after the driving. (c) It is unlawful for a person who is addicted to the use of any drug to drive a vehicle. This subdivision shall not apply to a person who is participating in a narcotic treatment program approved pursuant to Article 3 (commencing with Section 11875) of Chapter 1 of Part 3 of Division 10.5 of the Health and Safety Code. (d) It is unlawful for a person who has 0.04 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood to drive a commercial motor vehicle, as defined in Section 15210. In any prosecution under this subdivision, it is a rebuttable presumption that the person had 0.04 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood at the time of driving the vehicle if the person had 0.04 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood at the time of the performance of a chemical test within three hours after the driving. (e) It is unlawful for a person who is under the influence of any drug to drive a vehicle. (f) It is unlawful for a person who is under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug to drive a vehicle. (g) This section shall become operative on January 1, 2014. 23153. (a) It is unlawful for a person, while under the influence of any alcoholic beverage to drive a vehicle and concurrently do any act forbidden by law, or neglect any duty imposed by law in driving the vehicle, which act or neglect proximately causes bodily injury to any person other than the driver. (b) It is unlawful for a person, while having 0.08 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood to drive a vehicle and concurrently do any act forbidden by law, or neglect any duty imposed by law in driving the vehicle, which act or neglect proximately causes bodily injury to any person other than the driver. In any prosecution under this subdivision, it is a rebuttable presumption that the person had 0.08 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood at the time of driving the vehicle if the person had 0.08 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood at the time of the performance of a chemical test within three hours after driving. (c) In proving the person neglected any duty imposed by law in driving the vehicle, it is not necessary to prove that any specific section of this code was violated. (d) It is unlawful for a person, while having 0.04 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood to drive a commercial motor vehicle, as defined in Section 15210, and concurrently to do any act forbidden by law or neglect any duty imposed by law in driving the vehicle, which act or neglect proximately causes bodily injury to any person other than the driver. In any prosecution under this subdivision, it is a rebuttable presumption that the person had 0.04 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood at the time of driving the vehicle if the person had 0.04 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood at the time of performance of a chemical test within three hours after driving. (e) It is unlawful for a person, while under the influence of any drug, to drive a vehicle and concurrently do any act forbidden by law, or neglect any duty imposed by law in driving the vehicle, which act or neglect proximately causes bodily injury to any person other than the driver. (f) It is unlawful for a person, while under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug, to drive a vehicle and concurrently do any act forbidden by law, or neglect any duty imposed by law in driving the vehicle, which act or neglect proximately causes bodily injury to any person other than the driver. (g) This section shall become operative on January 1, 2014.

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