Second time San Diego DUI cases have familiar elements to it. To the prosecution, someone is showing a trend of drinking and driving. In reality, it is the furthest from the truth.
It is becoming more of common phenomena. Someone gets a ride back to their house, either by Uber or a friend. They are home...they made it. However, they get hungry and head down the block for food. They find themselves in jail with unintended consequences because they wanted some food.
The preliminary alcohol screening device, also known as the PAS, is a handheld device used to detect alcohol in the blood in a San Diego DUI case. This is one of the standard field sobriety tests (FSTs) that are used when someone is detained due to suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI). Officers use this test, among others, to determine whether to arrest someone for driving under the influence. The PAS test is usually the final field sobriety test (roadside test) before the officer makes the decision whether or not to arrest.
Many states across the country require that motorists convicted of DUI install ignition interlock devices in their vehicles. These devices prevent the vehicle from starting if any alcohol is detected on the motorist's breath. Many interlocks also perform roving checks, so that the motorist will continue to breathe into the device at various times in order to continue operation of the vehicle.
Many states are struggling with an increase in motorists under the influence of drugs. The great challenge facing law enforcement offers concerns their ability to detect the presence of drugs in a driver's system. There are many different substances that a motorist may take, and the level of impairment can be very hard to determine without extensive investigation.
The United States Supreme Court recently agreed to hear a Minnesota case regarding the state's DUI laws. The decision issued by the court could have a major impact upon DUI laws across the country, including right here in California.
Halloween is one of the busiest times of the year for bars and nightclubs in the San Diego area. Many people will be dressing up in their best costumes for an evening of fun out on the town. Most of these ghosts, goblins and zombies will be enjoying a few drinks while they are partying, and Halloween has a reputation for being an extremely dangerous time of the year on roadways.
For many individuals, being arrested for a DUI is the first time that they ever have any interaction with the criminal justice system. This inexperience often leads to serious mistakes that jeopardize the potential defenses that may be available to them to fight the charges they are facing. If you have been arrested for DUI, you need to be sure that you know what you need to do to improve your chances of offering a successful defense to these allegations.