Police in Petaluma, Sonoma County, stopped approximately 900 cars at multiple DUI checkpoints set up throughout that city on Saturday night. Of those 900 drivers only one was arrested for driving under the influence.
Police officers detained a total of twenty-four drivers for further questioning. One of those drivers was arrested for an outstanding DUI warrant and two drivers were arrested for d driving without a license.
Drunk driving checkpoints aimed at deterring people from driving impaired and driving while unlicensed, have become commonplace in recent years. Although these checkpoints amount to a warrantless intrusion and their effectiveness can be questioned, the courts have ruled that checkpoints are legal provided that the police follow guidelines including the giving of advance notice to motorists, the use of proper warning signs and lighting and a neutral based formula for stopping cars.
Additional DUI and driver’s license checkpoints are planned throughout the remainder of the year to raise awareness of impaired driving in Petaluma and Sonoma County.
If you are charged with a DUI in Sonoma County you could be punished with probation, fines, a DUI school and up to 6 months in jail under the California Vehicle Code. Punishment is greater for people with multiple offenses for driving under the influence. Whether arrested for DUI in Petaluma, Santa Rosa, Sonoma, or Marin County, 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 Rhonert Park, Sebastopol and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, or for a free consultation, call Sonoma County DUI attorney John Stanko at 415-755-8899, 707-642-8900 or toll free at 1-877-204-8900.