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Head into 2016 Safe and without a San Diego DUI this New Years Eve

On Behalf of | Dec 31, 2015 | Firm News |

New years is here!  Enjoy it with friends and family. Go see Star Wars or the bowl games (which the better games are coming up). But…be safe. First off it is important that you make good judgment if you drink alcohol about your driving. I am also telling people to “Be safe” because police will assume that bad driving, being tired (red and watery eyes) is all clues to intoxication. Many people are arrested to later find out they were nothing close to DUI.


I have been seeing the signs all over the freeway that “buzzed driving is drunk driving”. It really is true. Be safe and do not risk getting in trouble. I have had several cases of people not ending up being .08%. However, this was found out after they were arrested, spent time in jail, got their vehicle towed, and had their drivers license taken away. We know how the officers will decide if it is close. Have a great holiday season.

What to do if stopped for a San Diego DUI

First, be polite. If being yourself is being a smart-ass; be somebody else. It is already going downhill when you are stopped. Don’t make it worse. Give him your license and insurance and keep you conversations to a minimum.

Second, decline (POLITELY!) the opportunity to do ANY test – AND THIS IS IMPORTANT – in the FIELD. That includes any field test like walking a line or “following his pen” or blowing into ANY machine in or at his cop car. As a general rule, if you are being asked to do a “field test” or to blow into a hand held device at the point of being stopped, the cop already is planning to arrest you. Don’t give him anymore evidence.

Third, if you ARE arrested, you will be asked to take a test, and likely a breath test. The cop will read you something about taking the test and the last line is “Will you take the State’s Test”? That test will be given to you at the police station, AND NOT IN THE FIELD AT YOUR CAR. I tell my clients to take it. Why? I have had far more success in keeping a failed breath test out of evidence than a refused test. Plus, you might just PASS IT! If you don’t take it, you will DEFINITELY be booked in jail for DUI or APC. However, always ask to have a blood test after you take that breath test. You have that right. And, that can be very smart.

DUI checkpoints must follow eight specific guidelines:

  1. Supervising officers must make all operational decisions;
  2. The criteria for stopping motorists must be neutral;
  3. The checkpoint must be reasonably located;
  4. Adequate safety precautions must be taken;
  5. The checkpoint’s time and duration should reflect “good judgment”;
  6. The checkpoint must exhibit sufficient indicia of its official nature;
  7. Drivers should be detained a minimal amount of time; and
  8. Roadblocks should be publicly advertised in advance.

    Hire a Proactive, affordable, and quality defense when you are facing San Diego DUIcharges. Whether you have been charged of a San Diego DUI, Poway DUI, Chula Vista DUI, La Mesa DUI, Santee DUI, Mission Valley DUI, Clairemont DUI, Point Loma DUI, La Jolla DUI, Carmel Valley DUI, Mira Mesa DUI, Pacific Beach DUI, Del Mar DUI, Encinitas DUI, Oceanside DUI, Ocean Beach DUI, Escondido DUI, Vista DUI, San Marcos DUI, Carlsbad DUI, El Cajon DUI, San Diego Expungement, San Diego Bench Warrant, San Diego Failure to Appear, San Diego Restraining Orders, San Diego Terminate Probation, San Diego Minor Possession of Alcohol, San Diego Probation Violation, San Diego Prop 47, Lakeside DUI, Lemon Grove DUI, National City DUI, Cardiff DUI, Racho Santa Fe San Diego DUI, Rancho Bernardo DUI, Spring Valley DUI, Solana Beach DUI, Leucadia DUI, Golden Hills DUI, North Park DUI, Torrey Pines DUI, Eastlake DUI, Paradise Valley DUI, it is vital you need to hire an attorney who knows how to defend your rights and can determine if the government can prove their case. Contact the Law Office of Mark Deniz now for a free case evaluation at 858-751-4384 or send an email to [email protected]

Below is an article about local DUIs:

Arrests for suspicion of drunk driving were up this year compared to last both countywide and statewide for the Christmas holiday, but the number of fatalities reported was down, the CHP said.

For the 12-hour period between 6 p.m. Christmas Eve and 6 a.m. Christmas Day, 11 people in San Diego County were arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, compared with nine people for the same period in 2014. The CHP said there were no fatalities reported for the time period in either year.

Statewide, there were 156 arrests for suspicion of drunk driving in 2015 compared with 142 in 2014. Fatalities reported statewide in 2015 were five, compared with six in 2014.

For the 36-hour period between 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve and 6 a.m. today, there were 22 arrests in San Diego County for suspicion of drunk driving compared with 18 arrests a year ago. One fatality was reported in San Diego County in 2015, one fewer than the two reported in 2014.

Statewide, the differences in the number of arrests for suspicion of drunk driving for the same period was more pronounced, with 350 reported in 2015 compared with 285 last year. 

Arrest numbers for suspicion of drunk driving were only those made by CHP officers.

The CHP investigates all crashes on freeways and on all roads in unincorporated areas.

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