DUI offender taken into custody in California

Two people in California were recently arrested in connection with a stakeout that targeted many DUI offenders. The stakeout involving DUI offenders occurred on a Wednesday. This stakeout lasted several hours.

During the stakeout, which lasted between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3 p.m., police took a woman, 48, into custody following a traffic stop. Authorities stopped her for committing a traffic law violation and reported that she had narcotics on her. Another woman, a habitual DUI driver, was also taken into custody after police determined that she was operating a vehicle with a driver's license that had been suspended. She had violated her probation terms for two previous arrests for DUI.

The police stated that they normally disseminate a hot-list of DUI offenders to all patrol officers for their patrols each day. They said specially trained police officers throughout the year complete undercover surveillance operations similar to the one used to arrest the woman. The purpose of these operations is to target repeat DUI offenders in the area of their workplaces and homes.

When a person has been charged with DUI, defense counsel for the accused might explore the possibility of striking a plea deal with the prosecution if appropriate to the circumstances. A plea agreement might offer the benefit of resulting in a lighter and therefore more favorable sentence compared with what might result following a verdict of guilt after trial. Every individual also has the right to simply go to trial instead of plea bargaining; at trial, they force prosecutors to prove the formal accusations by providing evidence that meets the justice system's exacting requirements. Only if the charges can be proved beyond a reasonable doubt will a conviction be handed down in a DUI case in California.

Source: mercurynews.com, "Daly City: Two-time multiple DUI offender arrested during stakeout for violating DUI probation", Tracy Seipel, Dec. 9, 2015

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