The CHP’s efforts to stem drunk driving over the Thanksgiving Holiday resulted in more arrests than over the same period in 2008. The CHP began a DUI crack down in the San Francisco Bay Area at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25, 2009 and by 6:00 a.m. on Friday, November 27, 2009, they had made 87 arrests for driving under the influence.
The 87 San Francisco Bay Area DUI arrests were moderately greater than the 83 drunk driving arrests over the same period in 2008. Throughout California the CHP made 542 arrests for driving under the influence compared to 513 last year.
Anyone arrested during the holiday DUI sweep will face possible driver’s license suspensions and criminal prosecution. It is important that a suspected DUI driver contact the DMV within ten days of their arrest to request an administrative hearing or their license will automatically be suspended. Further, the police report concerning their arrest will be forwarded to the local district attorney’s office for review and prosecution. If arrested in Marin or Solano County a person will likely be arraigned within 30 days. Arraignments in San Francisco are often held much sooner.
If you were arrested for DUI in Marin County, Oakland or San Francisco, you will be faced with possible punishment including probation, fines, a DUI school and up to 6 months in jail under the California Vehicle Code. Driving under the influence punishment is greater for people with multiple offenses. Whether arrested for DUI in San Rafael, Mill Valley, San Francisco or Alameda, you need to call an experienced aggressive driving under the influence attorney for help.
For more information about driving under the influence charges in Marin County, Oakland 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.