DUI Defense of Sleepdriving Caused by Alcohol and Ambien

Can alcohol and Ambien actually be a DUI defense? In a recent case titled People v. Mathson, the Court considered a fact pattern involving a DUI defendant who, under the influence of a prescription drug, Ambien (also known as zolpidem), engaged in a complex automatic behavior … [Read more...]

Will Federal Incentives Lead to Tougher California DUI Laws?

Most local community members in Sonoma County, Mendocino County and Lake County assume that laws affecting them related to DUI stem from the California government.  After all, issues like safe driving laws are always the domain of state governments, and rules about penalties for … [Read more...]

Area Police Officer Facing Drunken Driving Charges over Golf Course Incident

We had previously blogged about this unusual drunken driving incident as a news article a few weeks ago on March 8th. In light of today's Santa Rosa Press Democrat article "Petaluma police officer seeks to block release of medical records" we thought we would give this a bit more … [Read more...]

Northern California lawmaker proposes stricter DUI penalties for repeat DUI offenders

Current California law gives persons convicted of a DUI an option to install an instrument that prevents their vehicles from operating if the driver is drunk. If one state senator has his way, though, those devices will go from “optional,” to “mandatory,” the San Jose Mercury … [Read more...]

“Zero-Tolerance” Driving Under The Influence of Drugs Law Proposed

In the interest of clarifying California’s law regarding the crime of driving under the influence of drugs, a senator from Santa Ana has proposed a “zero tolerance” standard. If the bill passes, a person driving under the influence of drugs (with any amount of drugs in his/her … [Read more...]

“DUI Schools” in California

Throughout California many courts order people convicted of DUI to complete a DUI education program, or “DUI school,” as part of the convicted person’s sentence.  The Santa Rosa DUI lawyers at our firm know that this educational option is often a helpful alternative to more … [Read more...]

Super Bowl Sunday DUI Arrests

According to this Press Democrat Road Warrior Blog Article, On average, the CHP made nearly 450 Super Bowl Sunday DUI arrests on each of the Super Bowl Sundays for the last three years. Last year In Sonoma County, 14 people were arrested on Super Bowl Sunday for DUI and … [Read more...]

Slight Sonoma County and Mendocino County DUI Arrests Increase

Although new statistics recently released by the California Highway Patrol show that there is a slight Sonoma County and Mendocino County DUI arrests increase for 2012, the numbers are largely similar to those from 2011. Even so, both years represent a marked decline over the … [Read more...]

Sonoma County DUI court seeks to reduce recidivism, substance abuse

Court and law enforcement agencies constantly struggle for more creative and more effective means for battling recidivism among Sonoma County DUI offenders. One such novel method for attempting to curb repeat offenses is a DUI court program, which is available in certain … [Read more...]

Sonoma County DUI enforcement Benefited by $1.4 million in traffic safety grants

Sonoma County DUI enforcement is the beneficiary of more than $1 million dollars in state government funds in the ongoing battle to increase the safety of the area’s roads and highways. The funds will provide a variety of increases in enforcement of which Sonoma County drivers … [Read more...]

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