Alameda County Oakland Police get DUI funding for 2011

The Oakland Police Department announced this week that they have received a grant ffrom the California Office of Traffic Safety that will fund their pursuit of drunk drivers for the next year. Oakland police Lt. Sharon Williams said that the yearlong anti-DUI program received a grant of $240,000.

The Oakland Police will be using their new DUI funds to conduct driver’s license and drunk driving checkpoints, DUI warrant sweeps and driving under the influence saturation patrols during periods of high incidence drunken driving. Police Officers will also be conducing court stings, where they will follow DUI drivers with suspended licenses out of the courtroom and stop them if they are seen driving away from the courthouse.

In California a first offense DUI is a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail. Further, a first time convicted drunk driver will have to attend a DUI program varying in length from three to nine months and may have their driving privilege suspended for 6 months or restricted for up to ten months depending on their blood alcohol level.

Also, Alameda County is one of four pilot counties in California that require the installation of an ignition interlock device for all DUI convictions including first offenses.

If you are charged with a drunk driving in Oakland, Alameda, or Union City, you could be punished with probation, fines, a DUI school and up to 6 months in jail. Punishment is greater for people with multiple offenses for driving under the influence. Whether arrested for DUI in San Rafael, Berkeley, 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, Oakland, Marin County and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, or for a free consultation, call Alameda County DUI attorney John Stanko at 415-755-8899, or toll free at 1-877-204-8900.