By Dale Gribow
There are more DUI FATALITIES in the Coachella Valley, per capita, than anywhere else in California. Thus it is logical that DUI arrests and fatalities spike during CV concerts. Naturally our law enforcement agencies become more vigilant on concert weekends.
Concerts bring out DUI checkpoints. These checkpoints are legal, as long as the police follow certain protocols. Everyone questions if you can turn around at a DUI Checkpoint? Though you are not required to drive through a checkpoint and thus can turn at a side street, you must follow all traffic laws. Illegal U-turns or erratic driving can get you pulled over, even if avoiding the checkpoint can’t.
Drunk Drivers hit the road at night before and after concerts. Many drivers have been drinking all day and then driving at night. The odds favor the police that a good percentage of the drivers will have had a drink. Once the officer has probable cause or a reason to stop the driver, then if they smell alcohol they can investigate further. If they see a bag of drugs or a gun on the seat, they can likewise look into the propriety of an arrest for those charges.
When stopped, the impaired driver usually makes many mistakes. They are not aware, unless they read my weekly legal column, that the field sobriety and breath test at the scene are optional. Thus you do not have to take the walk the line, finger to nose, reciting the alphabet backwards and other so called field sobriety tests. Likewise the breath test at the scene (unless you are on probation) is optional.
A driver stopped and offered DUI tests should be cooperative and politely say that their attorney is Dale Gribow and he advised them not to talk without calling him for permission. Explain “they have been advised Field Sobriety Tests and the Breath Test, at the scene, are optional. If that is correct Officer, then I elect not to take them). State you are “happy to cooperate with law enforcement and take a blood test.” Remember – Silence is Golden and Handcuffs are Silver so DON’T TALK to POLICE without your lawyer’s permission
Drivers want to know if Drug Swabs are legal. Not only is it illegal to drive under the influence of alcohol, it is also illegal to drive under the combined influence of alcohol and drugs or drugs alone. This is true even if the drugs are prescribed by doctors. A Blood test allows the police to run the driver for drugs, unlike a breath test.
With an increase in arrests, drivers will spend more time in holding cells before release. Normally a driver is held for 4 or more hours; the higher the DUI reading, the longer one’s time in custody. However during a concert weekend the increase in arrests congests the system and slows down the process. If arrested on a Friday you might not go before the judge until Monday or Tuesday … if not released OR posted bail.
“Though I am sometimes referred to as a DUI criminal defense lawyer, I choose to not view my clients as ‘criminals.’ I prefer to view them and more importantly to treat them as good, honest people that have found themselves in a scary and unfortunate situation.”
DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE, CALL A TAXI OR UBER………IT IS A LOT CHEAPER THAN HAVING AN ARREST OR ACCIDENT AND CALLING ME ………SO DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER
If you have any questions regarding this column or ideas for future columns please contact Dale Gribow 760-837-7500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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“Top 100 Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Attorneys” in Southern California, (The National Advocacy for DUI attorneys in Southern California-Oct 2016).
“Preeminent” Rating- Martindale Hubbell Legal Directory
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10 BEST ATTORNEYS for California for Client Satisfaction -DUI Law- Selected 2015.