This week San Diego law enforcement will be out in full force looking for potential San Diego DUI drivers. If you drive after drinking any alcohol you will become a subject of a San Diego DUI investigation. These officers will err on the side of arresting. Be safe and enjoy the holiday.
Law enforcement officers will be out in force throughout the holiday weekend in search of possible impaired drivers in San Diego County. So many people who are not actually San Diego DUI or close to it are necessarily arrested. Be safe and if this happens to call our firm for a free consultation at (858) 751-4384.
Don't drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs; don't park illegally at the beach; don't set off fireworks of any kind, anywhere.
Check with beach lifeguards about possible rip currents; wear life jackets while boating, and expect major traffic jams near the beach and bays and full parking lots by noon.
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.
Here are some other tips.
You Should Never Talk To The Police
You may want to cooperate with the officer when he or she stops your vehicle. However, know that the questions that you are being asked are designed to get you to give the officer the information that is needed to continue with the DUI investigation. Anything that you say could eventually be used against you as evidence to support the charges. This could ultimately end up leading to a conviction, resulting in serious penalties in California, even for first-time DUI offenders.
While you may refuse to answer the officer's questions, know that this will not necessarily end your encounter. The officer will still have other methods available to determine whether or not you are impaired, and your interaction will likely continue.
You May Refuse To Participate In Field Sobriety Tests
You may be requested to undergo field sobriety tests by the officer to check your level of impairment. These tests may range from reciting the alphabet backward or walking heel-to-toe in a straight line. Police want to see if you struggle with any of their requests. If the officer believes that you are having difficulty with these tasks, it may result in additional investigation.
Often, these tests are videotaped, and it can be extremely difficult to combat these visual images. Declining to take the tests may be in your best interests, as it could make it much more challenging for prosecutors to support their claims. Again, refusing to participate will need end the stop, and may even lead to your eventual arrest, but, you may have more options available to you to build a strong defense.
Contact An Attorney As Soon As Possible
You already know that you are in trouble after you have been arrested. Even if you feel that you can talk yourself out of it, the real truth of the matter is that you cannot. You need someone who knows these cases inside and out, because your future is at stake.
An experience attorney will extensively review your case to determine the best possible defenses that may be available to you. This includes examining the actions of the officers leading up to the arrest, including those stops connected to DUI checkpoints. Law enforcement officers must follow all procedures properly, and any deviation from these rules could provide the opportunity to contest the charges.
Should you find yourself charged with DUI, you will have questions and uncertainties about your case. We will gladly assist you with all aspects of your DUI case. Our experienced DUI attorney, Mark Deniz, has dedicated his career to helping people just like you. You can trust us to work tirelessly to protect your rights throughout your case. Contact the Law Offices of Mark Deniz at (858) 751-4384 to get the ball rolling.
23152. (a) It is unlawful for a person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage to drive a vehicle. (b) It is unlawful for a person who has 0.08 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood to drive a vehicle. For purposes of this article and Section 34501.16, percent, by weight, of alcohol in a person's blood is based upon grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood or grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath. In any prosecution under this subdivision, it is a rebuttable presumption that the person had 0.08 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood at the time of driving the vehicle if the person had 0.08 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood at the time of the performance of a chemical test within three hours after the driving. (c) It is unlawful for a person who is addicted to the use of any drug to drive a vehicle. This subdivision shall not apply to a person who is participating in a narcotic treatment program approved pursuant to Article 3 (commencing with Section 11875) of Chapter 1 of Part 3 of Division 10.5 of the Health and Safety Code. (d) It is unlawful for a person who has 0.04 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood to drive a commercial motor vehicle, as defined in Section 15210. In any prosecution under this subdivision, it is a rebuttable presumption that the person had 0.04 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood at the time of driving the vehicle if the person had 0.04 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood at the time of the performance of a chemical test within three hours after the driving. (e) It is unlawful for a person who is under the influence of any drug to drive a vehicle. (f) It is unlawful for a person who is under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug to drive a vehicle. (g) This section shall become operative on January 1, 2014.