Super Bowl Sunday DUI – Sonoma County
Super Bowl Sunday DUI. Sonoma County law enforcement agencies target drunk drivers on Superbowl Sunday. Hundreds of millions of Americans recently watched the Super Bowl, with ratings company Nielsen indicating that nearly half of households in the 56 largest media markets turning in to watch the game. For many of us, becoming a Super Bowl Sunday DUI statistic was not on our bucket list. The Super Bowl is an event that involves family, friends, food, and in many cases, alcohol. Law enforcement is aware of this fact, and specifically looks for drunk drivers around holidays and events that often involve alcohol. As a result, every year there are people whose Super Bowl celebration is disrupted by an arrest for violating California’s law that prohibits driving under the influence of alcohol. Due to the extremely serious consequences that can accompany a DUI conviction in California, it is important for anyone facing a DUI case to discuss their options with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
Super Bowl Sunday DUI
According to a report published by The Press Democrat, several law enforcement agencies in Sonoma County stepped up DUI patrols on Super Bowl Sunday, which this year fell on February 1st. The agencies added additional officers whose sole function will be to look for drunk drivers, rather than responding to calls or doing other routine patrol tasks. A press release issued by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) indicates that alcohol was involved almost 225 accidents on Super Bowl Sunday in 2012, the most recent year for which finalized data is available. During that Super Bowl Sunday, the CHP arrested 422 people under suspicion of DUI.
Even a first-time California DUI is a serious legal matter that can result in significant legal penalties. These penalties significantly increase for offenders who are convicted of multiple DUIs. Some of these consequences can include significant fines, probation, the mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device, or even jail time. In addition, the existence of a DUI on your criminal record may keep you from getting a job, obtaining an apartment, being approved for a professional license, or even resulting in additional discipline being imposed by your employer or your educational institution.
Undoubtedly, many people were arrested this past Super Bowl Sunday for an alleged DUI and are wondering what to do next. The good news is that there are often many ways that an experienced Sonoma County DUI lawyer can defend a DUI case that may mitigate any legal consequences that you may be facing. In some cases, an attorney may even be able to engage in legal maneuvering that could result in the entire case against you being dropped or dismissed by the court. In many cases, over aggressive tactics by law enforcement that is looking to make an arrest result in legal violations or investigative errors that exclude evidence from the court or cast doubt on the accuracy of the evidence being used against you.
Contact a Santa Rosa DUI Defense Attorney Today to Schedule a Consultation
Individuals who became a Super Bowl Sunday DUI statistic and are facing allegations of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs should retain an attorney as soon as possible. Often, the assistance of a lawyer results in a much better outcome for a defendant that he or she would have been able to obtain acting on his or her own behalf. To schedule a consultation with one of our Santa Rosa DUI lawyers, contact Beck Law P.C. today at (707) 576-5175.