Marin County DUI Checkpoint this Friday through Saturday in San Rafael

The San Rafael Police Department will be conducting a DUI and driver’s license checkpoint on Friday April 23, 2010 from Saturday April 24, 2010. The checkpoint will be held at an undisclosed location.

San Rafael Police Officers acting under a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety will be checking drivers from 6 p.m. Friday to 2 a.m. Saturday in an attempt to identify drunk driving offenders, and driver’s without a valid California driver’s license.

Suspended license and DUI checkpoints are becoming more and more common in Marin County and throughout California. Recent studies, including one at the University of California Berkeley, have found that these Drunk Driving checkpoints have become extremely profitable for local municipalities as they are far more likely to seize cars from unlicensed motorists than catch drunken drivers. Past checkpoints in Marin County for driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license raised legal questions in the UC Berkeley Study as during the past two years, 10 San Rafael’s 12 sobriety checkpoints took place on streets surrounding neighborhoods with large Hispanic populations. Those operations resulted in only 4 DUI arrests but netted fees for the 121 impounded cars for driver’s license violations.

If you are charged with a DUI in Marin County you could be punished with probation, fines, a DUI school and up to 6 months in jail under the California Vehicle Code. Punishment is greater for people with multiple offenses for driving under the influence. Whether arrested for DUI in San Rafael, Mill Valley, Novato, or San Francisco, you need to call an experienced aggressive driving under the influence attorney for help.

For more information about driving under the influence charges in Marin County, Oakland and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, or for a free consultation, call Marin County DUI attorney John Stanko at 415-755-8899, or toll free at 1-877-204-8900.