Are we opening a new front on the War on Drugs? Defense attorneys in the state of California are a little concerned by proposed legislation from Senator Hill and Assemblymember Low. Their Bill would outlaw smoking pot while driving. To many it might make sense, but the devil is always in the details.
So Canada gets a prize, not sure which one, for coming up with an innovative tactic to discourage drinking and driving. According to an article in the Daily Post, if you get busted for a DUI on Prince Edward you'll be forced to listen to Canadian heavy metal band Nickelback on the way to jail. It doesn't matter if you prefer classical, jazz or hiphop. The police will make the musical selection for you.
"The Kensington Police Service is warning those “dumb enough to think they can drink and drive” that on top of hefty fines, criminal charges and a yearlong driver’s license suspension, offenders can also expect to hear Nickelback’s 2001 album “Silver Side Up” in the police cruiser on the way to jail."
Here's a link to the article. For the curious, click on the world tour video above. I just wonder if this strategy may backfire. Cruel and unusual punishment? Well, it is Canada after all.
Notice to officer at roadside stop
As required by law, I am herewith tendering my driver's license and proof of insurance. They are in proper order and I have committed no crime or traffic violation. I therefore hereby request that all my documents (including my license) be returned to me and that I be permitted to leave immediately. If you have any doubt about my ability to operate my vehicle, I will be glad to leave my car here and have a cab pick me up. Unless you return these items to me and advise me that I can leave with my license and other documents and in my vehicle, I must assume this is more than a brief investigatory stop, that my liberty is restrained, that I am under arrest, and that I must obey your orders without resistance, but I do so under protest
On June 24, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law an amnesty program for unpaid traffic and non-traffic infraction tickets that will last for a period of 18 months. The program will begin on October 1, 2015 and will end on March 31, 2017.
The law applies to certain individuals who have fallen behind on their payments. If certain terms are met, they can have their debt reduced and their driver's license reinstated.
To learn more about the eligibility requirements please take a look at this link.
According to a press release issues by the San Diego County Sherriff's Department, The City of Imperial Beach will be deploying deputies from the Imperial Beach Sheriff’s Station on saturation patrols and DUI/driver's license checkpoints on two dates. A checkpoint is scheduled for:
If you want to add this to your calendar, click on the button below. You can also download the full press release here.
From San Diego to Salinas, it seems like employees at the Department of Motor Vehicles are accepting bribes. In the latest case, employees at the Salinas DMV have pleaded guilty for accepting bribes up to $5000 for granting truck driving licenses illegally and for committing identity fraud. At least two have been arrested so far. All the local news outlets have covered the story on their web sites. Here's the Fox affiliate link:
California has some of the stiffest penalties in the nation for DUI offenses. Because of this, you may be considering a plea bargain with the prosecutor when facing these charges. Before you make a hasty decision though, there are a number of different things that you should consider. In order to help you make the best decision possible for your case – whether or not you should accept the bargain or go to trail – I thought that I would discuss what you should be thinking about.
Blood Alcohol Concentration, or BAC, is one of those terms that are bandied about a lot but that few people fully understand. So, what follows is only a general overview of what the different BAC levels mean. By examining this BAC breakdown, you will hopefully come to a better understanding of what different BAC levels mean, and why the authorities take them so seriously.
The primary reason that California continues to strengthen its DUI laws is due to the deaths that are associated with drunk driving incidents. These events are as tragic as they come, and it’s easy to understand why the state has such a vested interest in limiting them. The punishments involved with such cases are quite severe, and they merit attention. Let’s take a look.
Like every other state in the nation, California takes the crime of driving under the influence extremely seriously. This has come to be reflected in the harshness of California’s DUI laws, which essentially throw the book at anyone who picks up a second conviction.
San Diego DUI Tips
by Michael Fremont
Michael Fremont is San Diego's leading DUI Attorney. No one is tougher or more dedicated to your defense.