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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.

What happens when someone gets a San Diego DUI with an accident? Collision review from DUI Defense Attorney Lawyer

I was reading the news today and ran by an article about a suspected San Diego DUI driver that hit a police car (see article below) as it was going on the wrong side of the freeway.

A San Diego DUI resulting in a collision is considered an aggravating factor in the case to the prosecution. It is much more of a challenge for defense to obtain an offer when there is a collision. The prosecution will begin negotiations well past what are normal guideline offers when there is an accident.  If two people walk into court and both have a BAC of .12%.   One of them was stopped for speeding and the other was contacted after colliding into three cars.  I will tell you they will begin negotiations with two totally different offers from the prosecution.  A DUI defense attorney has hopefully gathered the police reports, videos, and other evidence before court so they can begin breaking down the government's case.  If you were arrested for a San Diego DUI and it involved a collision call our office now to be proactive at (858) 751-4384.

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Where this blanket policy becomes an issue for the prosecution is when a collision is minimal. For example, if someone gets in a slight fender bender. No one is hurt and the client took care of the damage before the first hearing.  You show this is the case and usuaally with some good advocacy the prosecution will disregard the accident.

Another example is when there was an accident, but there are true issues in the case (such as the client may not in fact be the driver). The prosecution will remain steadfast in the face of questionable evidence because there was an accident.  The one benefit in DUI that has a collision is that the officer did not see driving.  Noone may have seen who was driving.  Someone may have walked out of a house.  Another driver may have been sitting in their car for some minutes making sure they were ok and did not see who was driving.  These facts need to be examined.  

These scenarios are commonplace for attorneys who regularly deal with San Diego DUIs. It is vital to be proactive in the situations and get the facts in order. The prosecution (and judge) will read "accident" and "collision" and their amenability to give a reasonable offer becomes more of a challenge. Taking care of this issue early inevitability assists a client in achieving a more favorable resolution of their San Diego DUI case. Be proactive and contact the Law Offices of Mark Deniz at (858) 751-4384.

NEW PUNISHMENTS

In the last few years the courts have used more technology to add to the punishments of a DUI with a collision.  Some of these items include

-Ignition Interlock Device:  A device that hooks up to your car that you need to blow into to start the vehicle.

-Ankle Monitors:  These can either be home detention or monitor alcohol only.

CONCLUSION

DUIs with collisions can be some of the tougher cases to head into court with.  The fear wth these cases is that someone could be in an accident and in these cases it happened.  However, these cases can also be potentially some of the best cases because usually police were called to a scene.  The person may have not even been arrested and sent to the hospital.  Finally, all those symptoms police look for (red watery eyes, unsteaady gait, etc) is usually the same look people have after an accident.  These are cases that must be thoroughly examined.  Call our office at (858) 751-4384 to be proactive and get started.

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