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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

  12. The prestigious legal rating service AVVO has consistently given Law Offices of Mark Deniz a "Superb" rating.

  13. Proudly Serving the Community Service 2003

    Mark Deniz has proudly served as a member of the California state bar since 2003.

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

Opinions on Encinitas DUIs and the bar scene

It is going to be tough to "permit" an issue away.  These businesses want to make money.  They want to set themselves apart from other businesses.  Part of this is making the atmopshere festive.  Furthermore, there is bartenders and servers who want to make tip money.  It is in their best interest to serve more drinks and have "heavy pours".   

It is tough because the restaurant business is there to make money.  The enployees stand to make more money serving drinks. Encinitas does not want to regulate to the point where a business cannot maximize their profits.  It will be interesting whether the city of Encinitas does anything about this issue.

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The Encinitas bar scene has been causing trouble for some time. A handful of businesses are serving alcohol in an irresponsible way - a way that promotes public drunkenness, DUI-related incidents and a host of other problems. It all happens in the evening, after 10 p.m.

That's when a series of what looked like upscale restaurants completely change their way of business.

It's called "Morphing." It refers to a restaurant, which has an emphasis on food during the daytime but turns itself in a bar or club in the evening, relying heavily on alcohol sales to generate revenue. It's an entirely different business model. The kitchen is closed, a dance floor is opened up and entertainment brought in, often a small band or a DJ.

Of course this causes problems; businesses that rely so heavily on alcohol sales always cause problems, and many of them spill out into the surrounding community. Public intoxication is perhaps the most common, with young people who've had too much to drink getting into fights. Nuisance-related activities like public urination as well as more serious crime have also become more prevalent. And all of this generates more police calls for service, tying up law enforcement resources, and making them less available to local residents who might need help.

Many cities require businesses that choose this model to purchase a special permit, which brings in the revenue needed to police the operation. However, in the case of morphing, the establishments get around the law by claiming they are still restaurants, which usually don't have these kinds of problems. So the city is left without sufficient resources to respond.

But there is a solution. It's called a Deemed Approved Ordinance, a new kind of law that establishes a set of responsible operating standards that all alcohol retailers have to follow in order to stay in business. This approach has been successful in many cities in California, most recently in El Cajon where problems stemming from liquor and convenience stores have declined substantially. According to the El Cajon Police Department, arrests for public drunkenness dropped 35 percent, and arrests for drinking in public dropped 26 percent.

Actually, Encinitas was considering this type of ordinance last year but it was stymied by the local hospitality association. Not wanting to offend the business community, the city backed off from the ordinance and instituted some half-way measures. But it's been almost a year now, and according to many residents I have spoken with, the problems have not gone away.

A lot of people live downtown and they're concerned about the long-term consequences. Other cities with morphing issues have seen an eventual deterioration set in, with urban blight and economic decline. No one wants that for the Encinitas, not local residents, not the business community.

Let's take a lesson from these other cities. Let's ask our city council to implement a Deemed Approved Ordinance. We've waited long enough; the time for action is now.

Be safe today, but remember, if you are charged with a DUI or need a criminal defense lawyer for any reason, call us ASAP at 858-751-4384, or send me an email at mark@denizdefense.com. Your initial consultation is free, so don't hesitate to get the help you need. Call now! 

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