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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.

34 Drivers Cited at DUI Checkpoint in Escondido. What to do when you are arrested for an Escondido DUI

We are in the midst of the summer. Police are out more than ever.   I ran across a recent article (below) about an Escondido checkpoint. I thought it would be a good time to write about Escondido DUIs and checkpoints. The city of Escondido is one of the more interesting towns in San Diego to receive a DUI because the facts of each case may be totally different from the other.

Escondido has SR-78 and I-15 in its borders. Both of these freeways has a very intensive police presence. A person can come in contact with Escondido Police just as easy as the California Highway Patrol (CHP). Someone can also come into contact with Sheriff Deputies. All these agencies are sniffing for DUIs. More Escondido residents will be suspected of DUI even when they not be. If you are arrested on an Escondido DUI call our office for a free consultation at (858) 751-4384.

In these "saturation areas" it is key that you are aware of your rights. First, be suspect of traffic stops in the late evening because this is the probable cause (PC) the officer pulls you over. It is often very minimal and if you are not DUI you need to fight the citation.

Second, if you are stopped by police. Be respectful, but know if the officer suspects DUI than he will likely arrest. Here is some likely observations they would use to form their opinion:

- Any kind of bad driving

- Red, watery eyes

- Slow movements (funny...who wants to make fast movements with police)

- Odor of alcohol

- Slurred speech

The best route is to be respectful but STAY quiet.

Tell the officer you do not want to make any statements. Tell the officer you do not want to take any tests. Tell the officer you do not want to take a breath or blood tests UNLESS YOU HAVE TO.

The officer may still arrest you, but your case will be in a much better situation.

If you are arrested on an Escondido DUI call our office for a free consultation at (858) 751-4384.

ESCONDIDO DUI CHECKPOINTS

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The utilization of Escondido DUI or sobriety checkpoints has proliferated in the last few years due in large part to huge amounts of State grant money flowing into local city coffers from Escondido DUI fines and penalty assessments from convictions in Court. Police have also used saturation patrols as a way to ferret DUI drivers. While the use of these types of law enforcement tools is generally regarded as comporting with Constitutional proscriptions, their use is not always legal. In the seminal case within the context of sobriety roadblocks, Ingersoll vs. Palmer, the United States Supreme Court handed down guidelines that must be complied with in any particular law enforcement initiated checkpoint. Among the factors are:

  • The degree of discretion left to the individual officer in the field
  • The specific location chosen for the roadblock
  • The time and duration of the roadblock
  • The standards set by superior officers
  • Was advance notice given to the general public
  • Was advance warning given to approaching motorists
  • Adherence to recognized safety conditions
  • The length of time each motorist is stopped and detained.

When challenging a Escondido DUI checkpoint each of the above factors is considered by the criminal Court Judge hearing the motion. In San Diego County the police use sobriety stops very heavily. It is not uncommon on any given weekend to see local police setting up a drunk driver roadblock in such places as Encinitas, the Carlsbad, Poway, and downtown Escondido.

As a local attorney who has handled thousands of DUI cases, Mark Deniz can help evaluate whether your individual rights were violated. 

One very common problem with Escondido DUI checkpoints in Escondido DUIs is the stopping and detaining of drivers who simply turn off and avoid going thru a police initiated roadblock. Simply making a turn to avoid the checkpoint is not in itself illegal nor does it form the basis to stop and detain a motorist. If you or someone you know was stopped by the police under this type of scenario, contact Mark Deniz immediately.

One thing is true, the intrusion imposed upon the general public by the use of Escondido DUI checkpoints is very great and should be allowed, if at all, in very limited circumstances. If you or someone you love has had the unfortunate circumstance of being caught up in this type of possible illegal conduct by the police we urge you to call Escondido DUI attorney Mark Deniz for a free initial case evaluation at (858) 751-4384. Mr. Deniz will meet with you one on one and discuss all legal options available. The Law Offices of Mark Deniz serves all San Diego County. Remember that the time to defend a Escondido DUI case is NOW, if you wait and procrastinate your rights may be lost and you may end up with a Escondido DUI on your record for the next decade.

If you are charged with a Escondido DUI or other Criminal offense, you need to call our firm immediately. We are available to take action on your case today. Please email or call us at 858-751-4384 or email me at mark@denizdefense.com to schedule a free consultation. The key is to be proactive.

More Escondido Information

If you or a loved one find yourself arrested for a DUI or other crime in Escondido, it is critical to find the best attorney to represent you in court. Whether you are driving home from the 15, or just had an exorbitant amount of fun exploring the new tiger trail at the San Diego Safari Park and a little too much to drink, contact Mark L. Deniz Esq., a premiere DUI and criminal defense attorney to represent you. Call 858-751-4384 as soon as possible.

The Law Office of Mark Deniz is dedicated to DUI. The firm is proud to work with efficiency and discretion. Escondido DUI defense attorney Mark Deniz provides high quality and affordable DUI-Drunk Driving defense representation. Mr. Deniz defends persons accused of DUI-Drunk Driving in all San Diego county. DUI Attorney Mark Deniz meets with each potential client in person and personally represents each client in court and at the Department of Motor Vehicles. Escondido DUI attorney Mark Deniz can meet conveniently throughout the county to serve the needs of his clients. If you were arrested in Escondido you will likely have to appear at the Vista courthouse. If you live in Escondido, attorney Mark Deniz can appear in Vista or any other courthouse for you. The court location can be found in the Resource section.

You have 10 days to contact the DMV. Do not wait to retain an attorney to begin defending your case. Please review how to begin dealing with the San Diego DUI process.

Here is the article about the Escondido checkpoint:

Thirty-four citations were issued at a driver's license/sobriety checkpoint Saturday in Escondido, a police lieutenant said Sunday.

Of the 34 citations, 25 were issued to unlicensed drivers, seven for motorists driving with a suspended license and nine for motorists driving without any insurance, according to Escondido police Lt. Mike Kearney. Nine vehicles were also impounded.

The checkpoint took place Saturday in the area of Valley Parkway and Juniper Street, Kearney said.

Police did not release the start and ending times.

The full article cn be found here.

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