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

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

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

    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.

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

    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.

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

    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.

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

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

  4. Proudly Serving the Community Service 2003

    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.

Doing an SAAU interview and its part in a San Diego DUI case

One question I always get is "What is SAAU"?  SAAU is going to be a part of most DUI cases.  It usually comes when the case is resolved.  It is one of many "hoops" that usually come with a San Diego DUI.  Part of a good DUI representation is navigating people through the many hoops (that are usually time sensitive).  Our firm strives to get the best results and the smoothest rides through the hoops.  Here is some information on what SAAU is. Call our office at (858) 751-4384 for a free consultation and to be proactive.

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The
Substance Abuse Assessment Unit (SAAU) was implemented to help the judges'
asses and refer defendants into the appropriate programs to help assist them in
completing their terms of probation. The SAAU consists of qualified addiction
specialists that will help evaluate the level of addiction in the defendant,
and determine what the appropriate level of treatment would be. The SAAU can be
beneficial for someone who has substance abuse issues and can offer them help.  The Law Office of Mark Deniz assists its clients in this process.

When someone
is arrested for a DUI in San Diego that does not automatically mean that person
has a substance abuse problem. However, for those who do, this program helps to
find the best programs that will benefit the offender. The SAAU is a powerful
tool implemented not only to try to stop the defendant from re-offending, but
also to help the offender from any potential substance abuse problems that are
occurring, or may occur in the future. 


For more
information please visit the website/information.

Substance Abuse Assessment Unit
(SAAU)

Introduction

The
Substance Abuse Assessment Unit (SAAU) was implemented by the court in 1994 in
an effort to assist the judges in assessing and referring defendants into
appropriate programs that will assist them in completing their terms of probation.

The SAAU is
staffed by addiction specialists qualified to assess and evaluate levels of
addiction and determine appropriate levels of treatment.

Contact Information

The SAAU is
located in the Criminal Division at the following locations:

·  Central Division 

  220
Broadway San
Diego, CA 92101
 619-450-5454

·  North County Division 

 325
S. Melrose Dr.  Vista,
CA  
760-201-8600

·  South County Division 

500
Third Ave.  Chula
Vista, CA 91910   619-746-6419

East County Division

250
E. Main St.  El
Cajon, CA 92020  
619-456-4194

Questions regarding referral to the
SAAU

Who is referred to SAAU?

A judge may
refer a defendant to the SAAU for assessment and evaluation on any criminal
case that may have been committed under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or
for assurance that the defendant does not have a drug or alcohol problem.

How do I report to the SAAU?

The SAAU is
located in the Criminal Division of the four San Diego County Courthouses.
Visit the information booth or kiosk for directions to the unit.

What happens to me when I report to
the SAAU?

You will be
given a questionnaire regarding current or past drug and alcohol use and
treatment.

You will
talk to a qualified alcohol and drug assessor who will ask appropriate
questions regarding alcohol and drug use, identify patterns of use and who will
make an appropriate referral for treatment if necessary.

How do I obtain an extension to
enroll in or complete court ordered programs?

You should
appear in the Criminal Business Office Monday through Friday to seek extensions
on any court ordered probationary term.

Hire a Proactiveaffordable, and quality defense when you are facing San Diego DUI charges.  Whether you have been charged of a San Diego DUI, Poway DUI, La Mesa DUI, Santee DUI, Mission Valley DUI, Clairemont DUI, Point Loma DUI, La Jolla DUI, Carmel Valley DUI, Mira Mesa DUI, Pacific Beach DUI, Del Mar DUI, Carmel Valley DUI, Encinitas DUI, Oceanside DUI, Ocean Beach DUI, Escondido DUI, Vista DUI, San Marcos DUI, Carlsbad DUI, El Cajon DUI it is vital you need to hire an attorney who knows how to defend your rights and can determine if the government can prove their case.  Contact the Law Office of Mark Deniz now for a free case evaluation at (858) 751-4384 or send an email to mark@denizdefense.com.

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