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The Solano County District Attorney’s Office has received an annual grant to prosecute DUIs.  The grant is for more than $300,000 and is the sixth grant in six years that the DA has received.

District Attorney Krishna Abrams said, “The prosecution of driving under the influence cases continues to be a top priority.”

A  conviction for a first offense DUI in Solano County or anywhere 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 Dixon, Vacaville, Fairfield, Vallejo, or Benicia, you need to call an experienced aggressive driving under the influence attorney for help.

On November 3, 2017, police in New York City arrested Rapper Fetty Wap for DUI and other traffic offenses.  Police contacted the rapper after he was spotted drag racing on a  a New York City highway.

Fetty Was was  s given a breathalyzer test and had a blood alcohol concentration of.09.  The New York legal limit of .08.

If you are arrested for drunk driving, or if you get a traffic ticket in Novato, San Rafael, Sausalito, or anywhere in Marin County call an experienced aggressive traffic ticket and DUI defense attorney for help.

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On Wednesday, October 25, 2017 the California Highway Patrol in Napa County arrested a 63 year old Marin County woman for drunk driving after she was involved in a head on collision.  The Novato woman suffered serious injuries as a result of the three-car collision.  Police said that she crashed head-on into a 2009 Toyota and then into a 2015 Honda.

California drivers who are arrested for a DUI in Napa, Marin or any of the State’s fifty-eight counties face the possibility of jail time, the loss of their driving privilege, fines and mandatory attendance at a DUI school if convicted. The costs of defending a drunk driving case can sometimes exceed $10,000.
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On Sunday August 6, 2017, a Santa Rosa man was arrested for driving under the influence, hit-and-run and evading police after crashing his car into a Subway sandwich shop.  A police officer from the California Highway Patrol attempted to stop the car for for speeding on The 101 Southbound around 1 a.m. but the driver failed to stop.  The officer initiated a short pursuit until losing sight of the vehicle.

Sonoma county drivers face an estimated $10,000.00 expense for a first DUI and a conviction for DUI along with other charges such as evading a police officer and hit and run,  can result in increased penalties and possible jail time.  Court fines and costs on a drunk driving case 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. Continue reading

Two drivers in West Sonoma County were arrested for DUI on Sunday after hitting each other head-on.  The crash happend around 4 a.m. on Valley Ford Road.   A truck driven by one of the suspected drunk drivers went across double yellow lines and struck the other suspected drunk driver’s pickup.

The front ends of both trucks were crushed and both drivers were trapped in their vehicles.  Firefighters from multiple jurisdictions including Marin County and the U.S. Coast Guard pried the drivers from the wreckage.

Both drivers were taken by ambulance to the hospital where they were cited for driving under the influence.

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On Monday, June 26, 2017, City of Fairfield Police were called to investigate a possibly impaired driver in a parking lot on the 1300 block of North Texas Street.  When they arrived the police found a pickup truck stopped in the roadway on Texas Street at Jefferson Street.  When an officer contacted the driver and told her to turn off the pickup truck she refused and drove away only to stop again  in the middle of the street at Texas and Madison streets.

When another Fairfield Police Officer pulled up behind the truck, the driver backed up hitting the front of the police car.  The driver then took off again the chase was on.  The driver ran a red light and struck a City of Fairfield Public Works vehicle, and hit another police car prior to stopping.  Fairfield Police Officers took the driver and her passenger into custody.  The driver was arrested for driving under the influence.

If you are arrested for DUI, whether in Vallejo, Pinole, Richmond or Oakland, call an experienced aggressive driving under the influence attorney for help.

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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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The Santa Rosa Area California Highway Patrol arrested 16 DUI suspects on the weekend from June 9-11, 2017.  That is the weekend traditionally marking the beginning of the summer driving season.

Over the winter and in the spring the CHP reports that they usually arrest 10-15 drunk driving suspects per weekend but that the number of arrests increases to 15-20 per weekend during the summer.

Sonoma County drivers face an estimated $10,000.00 in expenses for a first DUI.   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. Continue reading
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The Los Angeles Police Department will be running three DUI and driver’s license checkpoints on Friday June 16, 2017, from 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. on Saturday.  The drunk driving checkpoints will take place in Koreatown, Hollywood and Sherman Oaks.

In addition, the LAPD will be out in force conducting a DUI saturation patrol from 5 p.m. Thursday until 1 a.m. Friday.   Los Angeles Police officer have stated that they investigated over 2,400 driving under the influence-related accidents resulting in 21 fatalities and more than 1,000 injuries in 2016.

Police officers throughout California believe that DUI Checkpoints, along with high visibility DUI saturation patrols, are proven strategies for removing drunk drivers from our roads. 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.
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