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Tips to avoid a Memorial Day San Diego DUI and Criminal Charges

On Behalf of | May 21, 2015 | Firm News |

Memorial day weekend is a blast.  It really is the kickoff into the summer.

The police will be out in force.  There will be major traffic.  As people relax things can also be hectic and tense.  There is a good chance people will crack open some alcohol to celebrate the weekend.  This mix of all these can lead to trouble for some people.

People make bad decisions.  It is a flaw that we all have.  These decisions are all too frequent:

-Risk driving home while you have a drink or two more than normal leading to a San Diego DUI investigation.

– Flip off the guy behind you while you are waiting for a parking spot at a beach that leads to a confrontation leading to a battery.

– Intensify a fight between your significant other that leads to a monster fight leading to a domestic violence investigation.

– A minor hanging at the beach with a bottle of beer in their possession leading to a minor in possession.

These are but a few of the handful of decisions that normal people can get in trouble.  The traffic and intense police presence makes for a perfect storm.


1. Plan ahead- As you enjoy the weekend, the key is to plan ahead.  If there is a smidge of a chance you may drink more get your uber ready or find a designated driver.  Do not risk the drive home.  Police are out and every traffic stop is a potential DUI investigation this weekend.

2. Use your rights-  Do not think being cool with a police officer is going to get you out of trouble or get you some love (it happens every blue moon but dont count on it).  Just be cooperative but make no statements.  Telling the officer everything may get you some looser handcuffs but will make any criminal investigation worse.  This is true even if you feel you are not San Diego DUI but may have had a few.  The police will do their job and if they feel you may be impaired they will error on the side of arresting you.

3.  Enjoy the weekend

Do not get mad or let your temper or expectations get you in a bad situation.  DE-ESCALATE a fight.  Do not let a fight ruin your day.  Nothing is worse than hearing a client say they were having a great day “UNTIL”.  Let it go and continue enjoying the day.  Dont cap memorial day with an arrest.

As I write this we all know people will be making bad decisions this weekend (usually alcohol involved) and be getting arrested.  People make the wrong choice in a world of small decisions that have far reaching unintended consequences.

I say all to myself as well…..because I am sometimes the guy who wants to flip off the guy behind me when I am waiting for a parking spot at the beach.  Enjoy the weekend and I hope the weekend goes great. Below is some more tips on enjoynig your memorial day.

If you are charged with a San Diego 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 [email protected] to schedule a free consultation. The key is to be proactive.


The San Diego Police Department is preparing for the Memorial Day holiday weekend as large crowds are expected to enjoy the local beaches and bays.

The police will be increasing their staffing levels and focusing their efforts on DUI drivers to help keep the streets safe. Officers will also be on boats in Mission Bay ensuring Boating under the influence and boating safety laws are enforced.

The San Diego Police released some Memorial Day holiday tips:

-Parking lots will be full and traffic will be congested.

-Please plan to arrive early and anticipate the delays.

-If you plan to have a bonfire, it must be in a designated fire ring. The flames cannot exceed twelve inches in length from the top of the ring.

-There is no smoking on the beaches, bays or boardwalks and there are no dogs allowed from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. with the exception of Dog Beach in Ocean Beach and Fiesta Island in Mission bay.

-Leave the alcohol and glass bottles at home as they are illegal on all our city beaches.

and lastly – don’t forget to take everything with you when you leave to help keep our beaches clean.

The full article can be found here.

If you are charged with a San Diego 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 [email protected] to schedule a free consultation. The key is to be proactive.

Law Enforcement is utilizing “Saturation Patrols” rather than sobriety checkpoints more often. It helps beef up police presence and ultimately brings in ample revenue due to increased traffic citations given. DUI saturation greatly affect the members of the impacted community both good and bad (and usually without their knowledge). An initial analysis of a good DUI defense is to find out whether the officer was on patrol as part of a DUI saturation detail.

So what exactly is a “DUI Saturation Patrol”?

Definition: Saturation patrols involve law enforcement deploying additional police officers to targeted roadways during select time periods to detect and apprehend impaired drivers.

Law Enforcement Perspective Primary MIssion of DUI Saturation Patrols: The primary focus for officers during saturation patrols is to find impaired drivers by observing changes in driving behaviors. The behaviors most often assessed are: lane deviation, following too closely, and/or speeding (Greene, 2003). The intention of this heavier police presence is to increase motorists’ perception that they will be arrested if they drive drunk. Saturation patrols are legal and do not present many legal issues beyond those associated with routine traffic stops. Measured in arrests per working hour, these blanket patrols are viewed by some as the most effective method of apprehending drunken drivers. Many police departments favor them over sobriety checkpoints for their effectiveness, reduced staffing, and the comparative ease of operating saturation patrols.

Reality: In practice, DUI Saturation comes with a price for the people who live in the saturated community. This includes people who live in the community. Why? Because in DUI saturation, investigations officers are looking to make a traffic stop for the slightest violation To them, that observation is their first sign of possible impairment. Instead of an objective analysis of their observations, EVERY action a vehicle makes outside the norm is possibly due to impairment. When they approach the drivers window, they are not going to contact the driver and note observations that may show impairment, but are approaching with a “tell me why you are NOT DUI” mentality. More drivers in Point Loma get detained and investigated when in most other instances they would not. Furthermore, DUI saturation patrols result in more tickets for San Diego drivers. The police will stop you for rolled stop signs, no seatbelt, a slight drift in the other lane, and other infractions that police may normally drive by in other community.

So what does this mean?: In exchange for less DUIs on the street, the citizens of Santee will have to endure more stops by police. More in the Santee community will have to go through DUI evaluation and Field Sobriety tests even when they are not impaired because the police are looking to arrest. While the saturation patrols are legal, the citizens of Santee will ultimately get more traffic tickets than other communities because the police are looking to stop you for the slightest traffic violation. That is the purpose those officers are on patrol that day….it is their mandate and mindset…to them it is their first clue to a DUI. This means the Santee community may be safer because more DUI drivers will be stopped….but at what price?

So, next time you are driving down Cuyamaca St and see a heavy police presence. Some of the officers are just on normal patrol….while others are there just looking for you to make the slightest traffic infraction to give them the reason to pull you over and conduct a DUI investigation. Be prepared.

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