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The California Office of Traffic Safety has granted the Solano County Probation Department $290,000 to ensure that DUI offenders are complying with the terms of their court ordered probation.

Felony and repeat misdemeanor drunk driving offenders who are placed on probation must pay fines, attend drunk driving program classes and in some cases abstain from the use of and possession of alcohol.   The grant awarded to Solano County will allow probation officers to provide intensive supervision and monitoring to high risk DUI offenders.  Probation officers will enforce court orders with a goal of protecting the citizens of Solano County and preventing the re-arrest of probationers on new driving under the influence cases.

drinking and driving conviction for a first offense in Solano County, Napa, or elsewhere in the Bay Area can result in punishment including probation, fines, a DUI school and up to 6 months in jail under the California Vehicle Code. Drivers with multiple offenses for driving under the influence face even greater punishment. Whether arrested for DUI in Vallejo, Benicia, Fairfield, American Canyon, Napa, or San Rafael, you need to call an experienced aggressive driving under the influence attorney for help.

The San Rafael Police Department will be holding a Drunk Driving and driver’s license checkpoint tonight from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Grand Avenue.  Marin County police agencies believe that DUI checkpoints have a deterrent effect in reducing the number of propel killed or injured in alcohol or drug involved accidents.

Tonights Drunk Diving checkpoint and all checkpoints are conducted at locations chosen based on collision statistics and the frequency of driving under the influence arrests.  San Rafael Police Officers state that such locations afford then the best opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence.

Police departments throughout California believe that DUI Checkpoints, along with regularly scheduled high visibility DUI enforcement, are proven strategies with the goal of removing drunk drivers from our highways. In Marin County, the Marin Avoid the 13 multi agency DUI task force, and Police Departments throughout the San Francisco Bay Area hold DUI checkpoints and conduct roving patrols to deter DUI drivers and to keep unlicensed drivers off the streets.

Marin County drivers arrest tonight for driving while impaired face possible jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, and additional expenses that can sometimes exceed $10,000.
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San Rafael Police officers along with officers from the Marin AVOID the 13 DUI task force held two DUI and driver’s license checkpoints on Friday night February 5, 2016.  Both of those checkpoints resulted in a total of two driver’s being arrested for suspicion of drunk driving.

drinking and driving conviction for a first offense in Marin County can result in punishment including 3 to 5 years of probation, fines, mandatory attendance at a DUI school and up to 6 months in jail under the California Vehicle Code. Marin County drivers with multiple offenses for drunk driving face even greater punishment.  Whether arrested for DUI in Fairfax, Mill Valley, San Rafael, or Novato, you need to call an experienced aggressive driving under the influence attorney for help.

For more information about driving under the influence charges, suspended license charges and traffic tickets in San Rafael, Marin County and throughout the greater 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.

On December 18, 22015, the Marin County Probation Department conducted several unannounced probation searches on residences of probationers with long histories of drunk driving.  Of the 25 searches conducted officers found only one person in violation of court orders.

Probation officers, acting as part of National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, along with officers from the Novato Police Department, searched homes in unincorporated areas of Marin, Novato, San Rafael, Fairfax, San Anselmo and Sausalito.   Oe Probation Officer said the searches were based in part on whether the DUI probationers were considered to be dangerous to the community should they drink alcohol and have access to a vehicle.

If a person is convicted of a multiple offense DUI in Marin County they could be placed on probation with terms that they not consume or possess alcohol.  In addition, any DUI arrest can result in the administrative suspicion of a drivers privilege to drive by the California DMV.

Officers of the California Highway Patrol working out of the Napa County area office made 8 DUI arrests last weekend.

Officers reported that they arrested three drivers for drunk driving after traffic accidents. Occupants of two of the vehicles suffered injuries.

California drivers face an estimated $10,000.00 expense for a first DUI and a conviction for DUI with injury, where someone other than the driver was injured, results in a one year driver license suspension. Court fines and costs can be more than $2,000.00 and drivers must also pay for attendance at a driving under the influence program and increased insurance premiums.
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A crash that sheered off a power pole closed Francisco Blvd. East in San Rafael on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. The driver who was arrested for driving under the influence crashed his vehicle into a PG&E power pole shearing it off at the base.

The driver was not injured in the accident and there were no other cars involved. San Rafael Police Department Officers arrested the 44-year old driver on suspicion of DUI. PGE was on scene to repair the power pole.

A DUI arrest in Marin County can result in the loss of the driver’s driving privilege from the DMV and in a probationary sentence that includes a fine and mandatory attendance at a DUI program. The fine for a first offense is $1,748.00 and with costs for the DUI program, insurance and license fees, the drunk driver will pay more than $2,000.00 if convicted in Marin.
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Police officers in Marin County made ten arrests for drunk driving over the Labor Day holiday weekend. Three drivers were arrested at a DUI checkpoint in San Anselmo and two drivers were arrested for drunk driving during a checkpoint operation in San Rafael.

Officers working under the Avoid the Marin 13, an anti-DUI campaign, also arrested five drivers for DUI during roving patrols. According to the San Rafael Police Department an additional seven drivers were cited for driving with a suspended license.

Police departments throughout California and the United States feel that DUI Checkpoints, along with regularly scheduled high visibility DUI enforcement, are proven strategies with the goal of removing drunk drivers from our highways. Drivers arrested for drunk driving in Marin face probation, high fines and mandatory attendance at a drunk driving program if convicted of a first offense.
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Two drivers were arrested for driving under the influence last Friday, August 22, 2014, at a checkpoint on De Long Ave. and Redwood Blvd., in Novato. More than 1,600 vehicles drove through the over 6 hour long checkpoint.

The Novato Police Department are part of the Marin Avoid the 13 multi agency DUI task force which runs drunk driving saturation patrols and checkpoints periodically throughout the year. Funding for the special driving under the influence enforcement comes from the California Office of Traffic Safety.

Driver’s arrested for drunk driving in Marin County face serious consequences in court and from the DMV. A first offense DUI can cost upwards of $10,000.00 to defend through jury trial and more if the driver is convicted. A conviction typically results in three years probation with fines of more than $1,700.00 and mandatory attendance at a DUI program. The DMV will suspend a driver’s license for six months on a first offense drunk driving conviction.
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Officers from the San Rafael Police Department will be stepping up their drunk driving enforcement over the upcoming Labor Day Holiday. Along with other Marin County law enforcement departments the San Rafael Police, as part of the Avoid the Marin 13 DUI Campaign and Safe Trek Program, will be running DUI saturation patrols and drunk driving checkpoints over the Labor Day Weekend.

A conviction for a first drunk driving offense in Marin County can result in punishment including probation, fines, a DUI school and up to 6 months in jail under the California Vehicle Code. Drivers with multiple offenses for driving under the influence face even greater punishment.
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The Marin County multi police agency DUI task force, Avoid the Marin 13, is going to be on the look out for impaired drivers this holiday weekend. The involved police departments will be holding a checkpoint in San Rafael on Friday, May 2, 2014, form 6:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 3, 2014.

The state funded drunk driving task force will also be running extra patrols over the weekend and on next Monday’s Cinco de Mayo holiday. Police departments believe that the annual celebration is tied to an increase in alcohol-related accidents.

Please don’t drink and drive. If you chose to drink then arrange for a designated driver or a safe ride home. An arrest for a DUI starts a long and expensive process that can result in the automatic administrative suspension of a person’s driving privilege, probation, fines, possible jail time and mandatory attendance at a DUI school. The length of the DUI school depends on a person’s blood alcohol level and whether they have any prior convictions. There is only one DUI school in Marin County, in San Rafael.
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