Authorities in Sonoma County have arrested 121 drivers for driving under the influence since beginning there holiday DUI crackdown on December 18. As of Monday, December 28, the 13 police agencies participating in the task force had made 121 new DUI arrests and another 23 for outstanding driving under the influence related warrants.
Police officers are reporting that there have been 7 alcohol related accidents resulting in 8 injuries during the crackdown. The most serious crash resulted in a 23 year old Santa Rosa woman being arrested on suspicion of DUI after her passenger was ejected from her car when it went off of Southbound Highway 101 in Santa Rosa early on Christmas morning.
Officers are conducting DUI saturation patrols and checkpoints during the holiday crackdown which ends on January 3, 2010. One driving under the influence checkpoint was to be conducted in Petaluma last Saturday but was canceled because of rain. The police have announced that another checkpoint is scheduled for next weekend in Santa Rosa.
Police officers conducting checkpoints must follow criteria laid out by the California Supreme Court in 1987 in the case of Ingersoll v. Palmer (1987), 43 Cal.3d 1321. The Ingersoll guidelines cover the following categories: The Ingersoll guidelines fall under the following general headings:
1. Decision Making at the Supervisory Level;
2. Limits on Discretion of Field Officers;
3. Maintenance of Safety Conditions (for officers and the general public):
4. Reasonable Location;
5. Time and Duration of the checkpoint;
6. Indicia of Official Nature of Roadblock (signage, lighting, road cones)
7. Length and Nature of Detention; and 8. Advance Publicity.
When confronted with a DUI checkpoint case your Marin/Sonoma County attorney will evaluate each of the Ingersoll guidelines in comparison to your detention. Many legal challenges can be raised to to the use of checkpoints.
If you are arrested for a DUI during the holiday season in Santa Rosa, Petaluma, or Marin County call an experienced aggressive driving under the influence attorney for help.
For more information about driving under the influence charges in Sonoma, San Rafael and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, or for a free consultation, call Marin County DUI attorney John Stanko at 415-755-8899, 707-642-8900, or toll free at 1-877-204-8900.