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During the week of May 21, 2017, Marin County law enforcement agencies conduced multi-agency operation targeting 17 specific DUI offenders on supervised probation.  During that countywide sting officers made arrests in Novato and Tiburon for violations of probation.

Five law enforcement teams including Marin County Probation Officers and Novato Police Officers split up across the county conducing searches of residences and cars belonging to DUI offenders.  Any driver on probation who was found to be under the influence of alcohol, in violation of the terms of their probation, was transported to Helen Vine Recovery Center in San Rafael.

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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The San Rafael police department conducted a DUI and driver’s license checkpoint on Friday, September 30, 2016.  The checkpoint ran from 6 p.m. to midnight at the intersection of Lincoln and Grand avenues.  Ask the conclusion one this drunk driving enforcement the police had cited only five unlicensed drivers and arrested on person for an outstanding warrant.   No DUI arrests were made.

The Marin County checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety.

drinking and driving conviction for a first offense in Marin County or elsewhere in the San Francisco 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 DUI offenses for driving under the influence face even greater punishment. Whether arrested for DUI in Dixon, Vacaville, Fairfield, Vallejo, or Benicia, 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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The Solano County AVOID the 10 DUI Task Force conducted a DUI and driver’s license checkpoint on Friday, August 26, 2016, in the City of Dixon.  The Avoid the 10, comprised of police officers from Dixon, Fairfield, Vacaville, Rio Vista, Vallejo Benicia and the California Highway Patrol, held the Checkpoint on northbound Highway 113 between Industrial Way and Atkinson Road.

After the 6 hour DUI checkpoint officers had screened 460 cars but arrested only ten people.  Three drivers were arrested for driving on a suspended license, and seven were issued citations for driving without a license but no drivers were arrested for drunk driving.  Solano County Officers also, conducted field sobriety tests on four drivers.

drinking and driving conviction for a first offense in Solano County or elsewhere in Northern California 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 Dixon, Vacaville, Fairfield, Vallejo, or Benicia, you need to call an experienced aggressive driving under the influence attorney for help.

A driver who crashed into and sheared off a power poll in San Rafael on October 17, 2015, was arrested for driving under the influence.  The traffic accident caused a power outage and after the San Rafael Police conduced a DUI investigation it was determined that the driver was intoxicated and he was arrested for drunk driving.

Police officers encourage people to not to drive after drinking and say that if you chose to drink then arrange for a designated driver or a safe ride home.  If a driver is arrested for a DUI a long and expensive process starts that can result in the automatic administrative suspension of the 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.

LAW OFFICE OF JOHN STANKO, Inc.
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Hector Marin was arrested for suspicion of drunken driving last Wednesday after running a red light and smashing into a Land Rover. Fortunately no one was injured as a result of this alcohol related crash.

Investigating officers determined that Mr. Marin was under the influence and placed him under arrest for DUI. He subsequently submitted to a breath test with a blood alcohol result of .24%. The legal limit in California is .08% and anyone driving with a .08% or more can be charged with driving under the influence with a prohibited blood alcohol level.

After arresting Mr. Marin Santa Rosa Police Officers learned that he has seven prior convictions for DUI in Sonoma, Marin and Mendocino counties. He was convicted of two DUI’s in the 2000s, one in 2005 and one in 2009.

It is likely that Mr. Marin will be charged by the Sonoma County DA with at least a 3rd DUI as he has two priors in the last 10 years. A drunk driving conviction in California can be used as a sentencing enhancement to increase the punishment on any future DUI for a 10 year period. A 3rd DUI is a misdemeanor and carries a minimum punishment of 120 days in county jail and a maximum of 1 year. If Mr. Marin has any prior felony DUI convictions on his record he can be charged with a felony in this case. A felony DUI can be punished by up to 3 years in prison.

Mr. Marin was booked into the Sonoma County jail for driving under the influence and for driving with a suspended license, and a probation violation, as he is on probation for a prior DUI, and for driving without a court-ordered interlock device.
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