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

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

  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.

Traveling and a San Diego DUI

I have a case now where my client works in the film industry and a DUI conviction may hinder his job because of the frequency his work takes him to Canada. 

When people are convicted of drunk driving offenses, they face a range of restrictions, including a suspended license and the possibility of not being able to drive without an Ignition Interlock Device.  This can hinder somebody who travels for their job and uses a rental car or needs to go abroad. Very few rental car companies have the interlock ignition device in their vehicles.  Considering that your license can be suspended for a DUI conviction, it's natural to think that a passport may be affected as well, however, that's not typically the case.

Generally, your ability to get a passport should not be affected by your DUI conviction. More the of the issue when the court places an order, or as a condition of probation or parole. Additionally, if the court believes that a defendant is a flight risk, or facing a felony-related subpoena, then the court could have their passport privileges revoked.

The Interlock ignition device is a term that the prosecution in San Diego wants with most high BAC cases, priors, or when there is a collision.  It is key to advocate taking of the term when your client travels.

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While DUI defendants can usually obtain a U.S. passport without any problem, they can face restrictions when it comes to travelling to certain countries. Canada for example, reserves the right to deny entry to foreigners who have a criminal record history of any kind.

Even if you have a valid U.S. passport, as long as you have a misdemeanor or felony conviction for DUI, Canada may not let you visit the country; Mexico may refuse too. If you have a felony DUI on your record and you travel to Canada or Mexico by ship, you won't be allowed to disembark onto foreign soil. So, while you can obtain a U.S. passport, you may have no place to go.

Although your DUI shouldn't affect your ability to obtain a passport, it is wise for you to consult with a San Diego attorney with experience like the Law Offices of Mark Deniz.

If you or someone you love is charged with a DUI you need to call our office now at (858) 751-4384 for a free consultation 

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