If you're driving and you're too tired, it wouldn't be hard for a police officer to assume that you were under the influence of alcohol. After all, a lot of the signs that police are looking for show up when you're tired, as well.
There are many different ways that someone can defend against a DUI charge, even though it may seem like an impossible feat. Sure, the stigma of a drunk driving offense may make someone seem guilty until they are proven innocent, but as we all know, that saying is actually the other way around.
While the following story involves a DUI checkpoint that has already come and gone, there are still some very important lessons to learn from the story. The DUI checkpoint in question occurred on March 19 in the Los Angeles area. The police announced the checkpoint on March 17. No details have been released about how many people were arrested at the checkpoint.
Someone who is accused of drunk driving is placed in a very difficult decision. On the one hand, if they are found guilty or if they reach a plea agreement, they are going to be dealing with some very serious consequences. But on the other hand, they should have the chance to make up for their mistake in the months and years that follow, right? It wouldn't make sense to just punish a DUI offender and then never give him or her a chance to rehabilitate their image and contribute to society.
Hearing the phrase "pre-trial motions" probably doesn't elicit a lot of excitement out of you, and that's understandable. They sound boring and listless. But, in truth, pre-trial motions are incredibly important in criminal cases, and they can be absolutely critical in drunk driving cases. This is because the pre-trial motions can actually dictate how a case is handled at trial.
On Sunday, many people will gather with their friends and family to watch the Super Bowl. It's a tradition that many people enjoy. With the Super Bowl being hosted here in California, it has become a bigger deal (if only slightly) around here than usual. That brings us to the point of today's post: Super Bowl Sunday has traditionally been a day where many more people are out on the road while intoxicated, leading to an increase in drunk driving arrests and crashes.
Numerous times in recent years, regulatory bodies and agencies have opined that the blood alcohol limit that all U.S. states abide by for drunk driving offenses -- the 0.08 BAC limit -- is too high, and that the limit should be lower in order to make roads safer. Most of these calls have been in relation to making the BAC limit 0.05. The National Transportation Safety Board has called for this change yet again, making it one of their "most wanted" changes for 2016.
As we talked about in our last post, the financial cost of a DUI is a major reason why DUIs are so punishing. The legal consequences are obviously extensive as well, but the financial penalties involved can last for years and years. They can cripple a person's ability to recover from the DUI, and that doesn't help the individual -- or society in general. Allowing people who have been convicted of a crime the chance to rehabilitate and re-assimilate with society is an important part of the criminal process.
When we talk about the costs associated with drunk driving charges on this blog, we usually focus on the personal, professional and emotional costs. There are many good reasons for this, as a DUI can absolutely ruin a person's reputation, job situation and their overall well-being. However, the financial side of a DUI can be just as crippling, and today we are going to take a harder look at the financial factors at play when someone is charged with a drunk driving offense.
The state of California recently awarded the Visalia police department nearly $400,000 in grants to help bolster the department's DUI enforcement, as well as the public's awareness of drunk driving.