I saw an article about an upcoming DUI Checkpoint in San Marcos. I thought it would be a good time to discuss DUI CHeckpoints and what to do if arrested for a DUI in San Marcos.
The city of San Marcos is one of the more interesting towns in San Diego to receive a DUI because the facts of each case may be totally different from the other.
Escondido has SR-78 and I-15 in its borders. Both of these freeways has a very intensive police presence. A person can come in contact with San Marcos sub station of the San Diego Sheriff just as easy as the California Highway Patrol (CHP). All these agencies are sniffing for DUIs. More San Marcos residents will be suspected of DUI even when they not be.
In these “saturation areas” it is key that you are aware of your rights. First, be suspect of traffic stops in the late evening because this is the probable cause (PC) the officer pulls you over. It is often very minimal and if you are not DUI you need to fight the citation.
Second, if you are stopped by police. Be respectful, but know if the officer suspects DUI than he will likely arrest. Here is some likely observations they would use to form their opinion:
– Any kind of bad driving
– Red, watery eyes
– Slow movements (funny…who wants to make fast movements with police)
– Odor of alcohol
– Slurred speech
The best route is to be respectful but STAY quiet.
Tell the officer you do not want to make any statements. Tell the officer you do not want to take any tests. Tell the officer you do not want to take a breath or blood tests UNLESS YOU HAVE TO.
The officer may still arrest you, but your case will be in a much better situation.
More San Marcos Information
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A LITTLE ON DUI CHECKPOINTS…here is the article I read about
The utilization of San Diego DUI or sobriety checkpoints has proliferated in the last few years due in large part to huge amounts of State grant money flowing into local city coffers from San Diego DUIfines and penalty assessments from convictions in Court. Police have also used saturation patrols as a way to ferret DUI drivers. While the use of these types of law enforcement tools is generally regarded as comporting with Constitutional proscriptions, their use is not always legal. In the seminal case within the context of sobriety roadblocks, Ingersoll vs. Palmer, the United States Supreme Court handed down guidelines that must be complied with in any particular law enforcement initiated checkpoint. Among the factors are:
- The degree of discretion left to the individual officer in the field
- The specific location chosen for the roadblock
- The time and duration of the roadblock
- The standards set by superior officers
- Was advance notice given to the general public
- Was advance warning given to approaching motorists
- Adherence to recognized safety conditions
- The length of time each motorist is stopped and detained.
When challenging a San Diego DUI checkpoint each of the above factors is considered by the criminal Court Judge hearing the motion. In San Diego County the police use sobriety stops very heavily. It is not uncommon on any given weekend to see local police setting up a drunk driver roadblock in such places as Pacific Beach (PB), the Gaslamp area of Downtown, Poway, post-Chargers game, etc. As the holidays are coming up, there will be more check points throughout San Diego County.
As a local attorney who has defended thousands of DUI cases, Mark Deniz can help evaluate whether your individual rights were violated. One very common problem with San Diego DUI checkpoints in San Diego DUIs is the stopping and detaining of drivers who simply turn off and avoid going thru a police initiated roadblock. Simply making a turn to avoid the checkpoint is not in itself illegal nor does it form the basis to stop and detain a motorist. If you or someone you know was stopped by the police under this type of scenario, contact Mark Deniz immediately.
One thing is true, the intrusion imposed upon the general public by the use of San Diego DUI checkpoints is very great and should be allowed, if at all, in very limited circumstances. If you or someone you love has had the unfortunate circumstance of being caught up in this type of possible illegal conduct by the police we urge you to call San Diego DUI attorney Mark Deniz for a free initial case evaluation at (858) 751-4DUI (4384). Mr. Deniz will meet with you one on one and discuss all legal options available. The Law Offices of Mark Deniz serves all San Diego County. Remember that the time to defend a San Diego DUI case is NOW, if you wait and procrastinate your rights may be lost and you may end up with a San Diego DUI on your record for the next decade.
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 County Sheriff’s Department, San Marcos Station will conduct a DUI and driver’s license checkpoint next weekend on March 18.
The intent is to educate the public about the dangers of drinking and driving and will hopefully be a deterrent to impaired driving.
Officers will focus on detaining drivers under the influence and those without a license or with a suspended one.
DUI and Drug Recognition Expert trained deputies will evaluate drivers’ abilities to drive safely.
The checkpoint is funded by a grant through the California Office of Traffic Safety.
The checkpoint will operate between 7:30 p.m. Friday to 2:30 am. Saturday.
The full article can be found here.