DUI patrols lead to 3 arrests in California

More than 50 vehicles were checked as part of recent drunk driving patrols in a California city near Hayward. The DUI patrols took place on a Friday and Saturday. They occurred from 6 p.m. that Friday to 2 a.m. that Saturday.

During the enforcement period, police conducted 51 stops. Two people suspected of driving while impaired were taken into custody. Meanwhile, a third person was arrested on suspicion of driving while drug impaired. In addition, police issued one ticket for an unspecified traffic violation.

Drivers who are convicted driving while impaired in the Golden State can expect fines and jail time. Other consequences of DUI include having to take DUI classes, fees, the suspension of one's driver's license and other costs that can surpass $10,000. Another patrol is planned for St. Patrick's Day on March 17. The patrol is being funded by a California Office of Transit Safety grant via the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

When people in California are arrested for DUI, the prosecution must prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt before a conviction can be handed down. This standard exists in an effort to keep innocent people from being found guilty of and sentenced for crimes they did not commit. A detailed analysis of the evidence that the prosecution intends to introduce in support of the allegations may be a major area of focus for defense counsel in deciding on how best to proceed before the court. In some cases, the defendant may find it beneficial to pursue negotiations for a plea deal with the prosecution, which may lead to a lighter sentence than what would be imposed following a guilty verdict at trial.

Source: Napa Valley, CA, Patch, "Three Arrested Over the Weekend During Napa DUI Patrols", Mark Nero, Feb. 27, 2017

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