Anyone can be Arrested for DUI
Do you think you won’t be arrested for DUI? Driving under the influence of alcohol is against the law, however millions of people still choose to operate a motor vehicle after having too much to drink every day in the United States. People often continually drink too much and drive because they believe they are invincible from getting caught. They may believe they are “good” at driving drunk or at least that they can sufficiently drive without attracting attention from law enforcement. However, every year nearly 200,000 people are arrested on suspicion of DUI in California alone. More seriously, almost 25,000 drunk drivers cause accidents each year, which result in approximately 1,800 deaths annually. Therefore, whether or not you believe you are a capable drunk driver, there are often serious consequences if you decide to get behind the wheel.
The truth is that, even if you believe it will never happen to you, anyone who drinks and drives is vulnerable to arrest or accident. Some recent cases in California demonstrate just that.
Police Officer Convicted of DUI
Last month, a court convicted a California Highway Patrol officer, Edward Marquez, of 2 counts of driving under the influence. In September of 2012, Marquez reported for a Thursday morning shift at his Bakersfield precinct. A supervisor believed he smelled alcohol on Marquez’s breath and suspected by Marquez’s appearance and actions that he might be intoxicated. A subsequent breathalyzer test indicated that Marquez had a blood alcohol content of approximately 0.12%, over the legal limit of 0.08%. Since Marquez had just driven to work, prosecutors charged Marquez with DUI. He was convicted and his sentence included a significant fine, two days in jail, probation, license suspension, and 80 hours of community service. The district attorney stated that Marquez was an example of how anyone, even police officers, can be convicted if they drive under the influence.
Upstanding Graduate Student Arrested
24 year-old Zachary Katz specialized in biotechnology in the Bay Area and is in the MBA program at Stanford University. His career and education may be put on hold, however, after an early morning accident on October 5, 2013. Katz had allegedly been drinking when he drove the wrong way down Highway 101, causing a head-on collision with an SUV taxicab. One passenger in the cab, a 62 year-old man, died at the scene. The cab driver and another passenger were hospitalized with serious injuries. Katz himself was sent to the hospital, but as soon as he is released he will be booked on suspicion of DUI. If the prosecutor pursues the case, Katz may face additional charges of vehicular manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, or gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated because the accident was fatal.
No matter who you are, you face the risk of accident or arrest if you drive under the influence of alcohol. If you have been arrested or charged for DUI in Lake County, Sonoma County, or Mendocino County, it is highly important that you contact an experienced California DUI attorney to defend you. At Beck Law, P.C., we help anyone who is facing DUI and related charges, so do not hesitate to call us today.