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The California Highway Patrol arrested an “extremely impaired” driver on Wednesday, April 15, 2020, in unincorporated Marin County near San Rafael after the Marin County Sheriff’s Office and CHP responded to a call of concerning a driver drove his Mustang through a fence and into a residence.

The crash woke up the homeowner, who took the keys from the driver and went back inside his home to call the police.  The driver then saw the homeowner’s car with the keys in it and he got in it to apparently drive away but instead of driving off he drove into the house again.   When the homeowner came out of his house again the impaired driver attacked him causing major injuries.

The driver was then arrested for DUI involving drugs, battery, and car theft.

A San Mateo woman was arrested for a DUI on June 12, 2017, in Belmont after driving her vehicle through a fence at a school and injuring a child.  Emergency responders treated an injured child at the scene of the crash.

When police officers arrived they found a Toyota Corolla that had driven through a fence before coming to a rest near a school building.  Police officers stated that an 11-year-old Belmont boy was struck by the alleged drunk driver and that he was treated at the scene before being taken to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the Toyota was arrested and booked into the San Mateo County Jail on suspicion of DUI and child endangerment.

On Monday, June 12, 2017, a driver was arrested on suspicion of DUI in East Oakland after having a collision with an Oakland motorcycle officer.  The accident occurred in the 5700 block of International Boulevard around 11:30 p.m.  The injured Oakland Police Officer was transported to a local hospital in stable condition.

In Alameda County a first offense drunk driving 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.

In addition, 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.
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Over Memorial Day weekend in Napa County several organizations including MADD and Napa law enforcement agencies teamed up to inform the public about alternatives to drunk driving.  With the BottleRock music festival in town for the Holiday weekend Napa residents and tourists alike were encouraged to get a safe ride home or to book a hotel room.

Concert goers had many safe travel options including Vine Transit, which is offered extended hours, and Uber which ran a $15 off promotion for new riders from May 26-30.

An arrest for Drunk Driving in Napa can cost a driver several thousand dollars in fines and attorney fees and can result in probation with possible jail time, mandatory attendance at a DUI school and a driver’s license suspension.

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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