California Police Expand Suspicion of DUI Focus in the New Year

When police pull someone over for suspicion of dui and suspect that person is driving under the influence of alcohol, they often use a breathalyzer test to check the driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC).  A breathalyzer result of .08% or more will be used against the driver in … [Read more...]

DUI Checkpoints and Your Fourth Amendment Rights

DUI Checkpoints and my fourth amendment rights? In this blog we have previously discussed how evidence obtained in violation of a defendant’s Fourth Amendment rights may be suppressed under the exclusionary rule as “fruit of the poisonous tree,” in order to deter law enforcement … [Read more...]

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...]

Prescription Drug Use While Driving Can Lead to Being Charged With DUI

Did you know that you could be charged with DUI and arrested for for taking prescription medication?  That’s right, it happens all the time.  Police Officers in Santa Rosa and throughout Sonoma County , Mendocino County and Lake County are trained to ask you whether you have been … [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...]

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...]

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