San Mateo Judge Faces DUI Charge
DUI charges lodged against a Judge in San Mateo County demonstrates that no one is immune from arrest and charges if they are suspected of DUI. Over Memorial Day weekend, local San Mateo law enforcement officers state they observed a vehicle weaving between lanes on the Redwood City road of Highway 101. When they stopped the vehicle, police officers learned the driver was the assistant presiding judge of San Mateo County, Judge Joseph Scott. Judge Scott is ranked second highest of all judges in San Mateo County.
At the scene of the traffic stop, Judge Scott underwent field sobriety tests. These tests require a suspected drunk driver to undergo a series of exercises that are supposed to test your physical capabilities and mental lucidity in order to determine whether you are intoxicated. Officers stated that Judge Scott failed the field sobriety tests and was subsequently arrested. Other test results later showed Judge Scott’s blood alcohol content (BAC) was 0.12 percent. The legal limit for driving in California is 0.08 percent.
Memorial Day weekend and other holidays are considered to be high risk times for DUIs. For this reason, the California Highway Patrol and local law enforcement agencies tend to ramp up efforts to crack down on drunk drivers. Such efforts may include DUI checkpoints, at which drivers may be stopped and questioned by officers, and also saturation patrols, which consist of an increased number of officers in areas known for drunk driving.
The San Mateo District Attorney has charged Judge Scott with DUI and scheduled a court date of August 5. Judge Scott and his attorney have options if they want to try to fight these DUI charges. For instance, they may argue that the field sobriety tests were not conducted in the proper manner, that the officers were not qualified to conduct such tests, or any other reason why the results of the field tests may be inaccurate. Additionally, if any mistakes were made by the forensic lab in Redwood City, they may fight the charges based on inaccurate BAC test results. Judge Scott’s attorney may also try to negotiate with prosecutors to limit the consequences the judge may face.
The organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) reports that American adults drive after drinking approximately 112 million times on an annual basis, or nearly 300,000 times per day. MADD also reports that, in 2011, 1.2 million of those drivers were placed under arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI). If charged, DUI arrestees face potentially serious legal consequences, and they should always contact an experienced DUI lawyer for help.
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