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.
I was reading an article about a shooting in the gaslamp. It will be intereting to see how it turns out. One issue is that the officers did not turn on their body worn cameras (BWCs). As an individual, I can understand that you may forget protocol when you are in a situation like that. However, the police should be professionals. We expect them to absolutely follow to the point all protocols. The Body worn cameras should be on with any citizen contact. This situation is EXACTLY the reason why the need for cameras is key. The officers will likely not face any discipline for not turning on the cameras. However, in tense situations we pay and expect law enforcement to be professional and follow protocol. Not having the body worn on camera in this situation will not be a major issue. However, if officers do not turn it on and the situation is a little different it could means millions of dollars in taxpayers money to pay legal fees as well as a hindered prosecution against a person.
When I get a call from someone talking about a DUI arrrest one of the first questions I ask if this is their first DUI arrest. If someone has a DUI conviction, it raises the stakes and increases the sanctions.
A DUI has severe consequences with a first time DUI and no previous criminal record. If a person is arrested with another DUI within 10 years of a previous DUI conviction, they will be facing even more severe consequences. These cases more than before need effective representation.
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.
What is going to happen at court?
Do I just go in and plead guilty or do we set a trial?
I actually like the program. So often people feel they are less impaired than they really are. People do not realize they are impaired until they are driving. Some pull over (sometimes too late). Other times people feel they are on the way home and can soldier through. People get into that car because their house is usually minutes away and they do not want the inconvenience. The easier you can make it for patrons the better. If you or someone you love is charged with a DUI or other crime you need to call our office now at (858) 751-4384 for a free consultation.