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Orange County DUI Checkpoints, January 31, 2014



This Super Bowl weekend will be a busy one for the police of Orange County! Here’s the latest general Orange County DUI Sobriety Checkpoint and Saturation Patrol Information! Be safe out there!

Orange County DUI Checkpoints for Friday, January 31, 2014:

  • Garden Grove - Location Undisclosed, 8:00 pm – 2:30 am. 
  • Westminster – Beach Blvd., between McFadden and Bolsa, 7:30 pm – 2:00 am. 
  • Costa Mesa: Baker Street, between Bristol and Bear Street near Shark Club, 8:00 pm – 3:00 am.
Check back with Donholaw.com for updates on the DUI Checkpoint locations.
If you have been charged with driving under the influence, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to fight your charges on you behalf. A DUI can be costly, you can lose your license, lose your transportation, and will have to pay hefty fines. Contact Don Ho, an established criminal defense attorney, to fight for your rights!
 
Published by Don Ho LawDon Ho is a criminal defense attorney in Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties.

Orange County DUI Checkpoints, January 17, 2014



Here’s the latest general Orange County DUI Sobriety Checkpoint and Saturation Patrol Information! 

Orange County DUI Checkpoints for Friday, January 17, 2014:

  • Orange - Location Undisclosed, 9:00 pm – 3:00 am. 
  • Santa Ana - Fairview between First and Fifth Street, 7:30 pm – 1:30 am. 
  • Aliso Viejo and Laguna Niguel: Location Undisclosed, 7:00 pm – 3:00 am.
Check back with Donholaw.com for updates on the DUI Checkpoint locations.
If you have been charged with driving under the influence, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to fight your charges on you behalf. A DUI can be costly, you can lose your license, lose your transportation, and will have to pay hefty fines. Contact Don Ho, an established criminal defense attorney, to fight for your rights!

Published by Don Ho LawDon Ho is a criminal defense attorney in Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties.

Law Enforcement Cracking Down on DUI This Holiday Season

More than 1,700 people have been arrested in the winter holiday DUI crackdown in LA County, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Los Angeles County law enforcement officers have arrested nearly 1,700 motorists on suspicion of intoxicated driving during the last 15 days as part of an annual holiday crackdown.
Between Friday, Dec. 13 and Thursday, Dec. 25, officers from 100 county law enforcement agencies have arrested 1,700 people – almost 100 more arrests this year than during the same period in 2012.The DUI crackdown is part of the Avoid the 100 DUI Campaign and involves checkpoints and directed patrols.
This New Year’s Eve, a Maximum Enforcement Period will be in effect beginning Dec. 31 at 6 p.m. until midnight Jan. 1. One hundred law enforcement agencies are participating in the campaign, and the patrols will continue through New Year’s Day.

For the 17th year, AAA is offering it’s free Tipsy Tow service to help drunk drivers stay off the road.
Between the hours of 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31 and 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan 1, AAA will tow you and your car home – up to seven miles – whether you’re a triple-A member or not. Simply call 1-800-400-4AAA and tell the operator, “I need a Tipsy Tow.” A truck will be dispatched, and will tow both the driver and their car.


If you are thinking of driving, call AAA instead. Even if you’re unsure whether or not you’re over the legal limit, with a service such as the one offered by AAA, it’s better to be safe.

If you have been charged with driving under the influence, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to fight your charges on your behalf. A DUI can be costly, you can lose your license, lose your transportation, and will have to pay hefty fines. Contact Don Ho, an experienced criminal defense attorney, to fight for your rights!


Published by Don Ho LawDon Ho is a criminal defense attorney in Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties.

Motorist Fatally Crashes Into Mission Viejo Home

Drinking and driving has caused another tragedy this holiday season in Orange County.

A motorist has been arrested this afternoon and accused of driving his car into a Mission Viejo home, killing a resident inside. The home’s layout had a bedroom in the front portion of the home. The driver went through the room, killing the resident inside sleeping in bed. The motorist allegedly has a suspended license and a history of DUIs.

The motorist has been identified as Kourosh Keshmiri, 27, of Mission Viejo. Keshmiri crashed a late-model Cadillac sedan into a bedroom of a home, killing a man who was asleep in bed, authorities said. The house was at least 30 feet from the street. The victim’s identity has not yet been released.

The one-story dwelling sits at a traffic elbow, where Pacato Drive and Olivera Drive meet at a right angle. A car that failed to make the right turn from Olivera onto Pacato would be going straight toward the victim’s residence.

The house sustained major damage, and investigators were checking its structural integrity. Crews repaired a ruptured gas line.

Keshmiri suffered minor injuries, as did a passenger in his car, authorities said. The passenger was interviewed and released.

According to a statement from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Keshmiri had a prior misdemeanor DUI conviction in August 2010 and a pending case from June. His driver’s license was suspended as a result of the incident earlier this year.

After Sunday’s crash, officers booked Keshmiri on suspicion of felony DUI with a prior conviction. He may face additional charges after the investigation is complete. Allegedly, alcohol and speed were factors in the collision.                                                
No one else in the home was injured.



Driving under the influence is both a criminal and a civil matter. If you or a loved one is accused of driving under the influence, call Don Ho Law to handle your case.

Published by Don Ho LawDon Ho is a criminal defense attorney in Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties.

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NTSB Recommends Lowering Alcohol Limit to .05

The National Transportation Safety Board recommended Tuesday all 50 states reduce the legal blood alcohol limit for driving from the existing .08 to .05, saying the level is too high and leaves some drivers still impaired even though they are operating legally. The recommendation is part of a package of 10 new suggestions and nine renewed ideas to lower the number of alcohol-related crashes. The board is also calling for more high-visibility enforcement including sobriety checkpoints and to require ignition locks for those who have been convicted or first-time offenses, said Deborah Hersman, chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board.


The package of recommendations are designed to work together, but Hersman said she is hoping reducing the legal limit for alcohol consumption will serve as a deterrent to people who may be thinking of drinking while driving. 

Local business owners, lawyers and even law enforcement officials questioned if changing the limit is necessary and could cause other problems. In the United States driving laws are set state by state and currently all 50 states and all of Canada call for an alcohol limit of .08 to drive legally.

Because alcohol affects people in different ways, it is difficult to say exactly how many drinks in what time period it would take to reach an .05 level. According to one website, a 180-pound man who drank three 12-ounce beers in an hour would have a blood alcohol level of .04. A fourth beer would push him over the legal limit at .06. 

“One person can be at one drink in one hour and still be impaired but they are still not intoxicated…but some people with alcohol addiction can build up a tolerance and appear to be not as impaired,” said Baxter Chandler, a licensed social worker and the director of behavioral health at Holyoke Medical Center. 

Chandler said he feels most people are impaired at .08 blood alcohol level and some are not legally impaired at .06 but still are driving dangerously because they are too drunk.

If you have been charged with driving under the influence, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to fight your charges and reduce your fines. A DUI can be costly, you can lose your license, lose your transportation, and will have to pay hefty fines. Don Ho, an established criminal defense attorney, will fight your charges and/or lower your sentence.

Published by Don Ho Law. Don Ho is a criminal defense and employment law attorney in Riverside and Orange County. 

Comedian Kevin Hart Arrested for D.U.I.

As law enforcement begin to set up more drunk driving check points, thanks to newly established government funding, the number of DUIs increases as well.

Early Sunday morning, Los Angeles traffic police arrested the stand-up comic Kevin Hart on suspicion of drunk driving. California Highway Patrol observed Hart speeding down a freeway at 90 mph in his black Mercedes, weaving across traffic lanes and almost running into a gas tanker truck. Hart admitted to being drunk to police prior to taking field sobriety tests, according to the comedian’s twitter.

Through the year, officers have set up checkpoints in both Riverside and Orange Counties, contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. At these checkpoints, officers will also check for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily.

“Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI class, and other expenses that can exceed $10,000,” said Sgt. Peter Giannakakos, of the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Department.

Funding for checkpoints is provided to local police departments by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

If you or a loved one is being charged with driving under the influence, it’s important to be represented by an experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney. Don Ho is a leading criminal defense attorney in Riverside and Orange Counties and can help fight your charges and/or minimize your fines and sentence.

Published by Don Ho Law. Don Ho is a criminal defense and employment law attorney in Riverside and Orange County, California.

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DUI Checkpoints Planned for St. Patrick's Day Weekend

This St. Patrick’s day and weekend, police and CHP will be boosting their presence on several Orange County roads and freeways, in an attempt to curb what has been a rise in the numbers of incidents of drunk driving and fatalities.

Specifically, CHP officers are focusing on speeding and aggressive driving on Santiago Canyon Road through Sunday with extra patrols funded by a federal grant. Other DUI enforcement will include saturation patrols around the county.

The stepped-up enforcement is part of the Avoid the 38 DUI task force’s crackdown on drunken drivers and its Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, according to a statement released by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. The Sheriff’s Department is one of 38 law-enforcement agencies expected to increase patrols during the weekend.

As of Saturday night there are several Orange County DUI Checkpoints, one checkpoint location is currently Beach Blvd. and Slater in Huntington Beach and in Irvine at Jamboree Road and Barranca Parkway from 7:00PM – 3:00AM.

In Riverside County, checkpoints include Corona on South Lincoln Ave. & West 6th Street.

If you or a loved one is arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, contact an experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney to fight for your rights. Don’t hesitate and contact Don Ho today!

Published by Don Ho Law. Don Ho is a criminal defense and employment law attorney in Orange County, CA.

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Drunk Driver Leads Police in a Pursuit through Orange County

A drunken man led Orange County Sheriffs from Stanton to Anaheim in a pursuit that began in a fast-food restaurant drive through lane and ended when a deputy opened fire on the suspect. The pursuit ended on Ball Road and Gilbert Street in Anaheim early Saturday morning.

Orange County Sheriff’s deputies chased a drunken man Saturday morning after he passed out in a fast-food restaurant drive-through lane and rammed a patrol car trying to escape, authorities said.


Deputies arrived at a McDonald’s, 11097 Beach Blvd., at 3:07 a.m., and found the man, Lt. Joe Balicki said.


When authorities attempted to talk to the driver, he woke up and became uncooperative, authorities said. The man then hit an occupied patrol car, escaping the drive-through lane.

Authorities said the man drove north on Beach Boulevard, turning east on Ball Road. Deputies managed to stop his vehicle near Ball Road and Gilbert Street in Anaheim.


During the pursuit on Ball Road, an officer fired one or more shots at the driver just before Dale Street, Sheriff’s Capt. Steve Doan said.


Authorities did not confirm whether the man was shot, but Orange County District Attorney officials are investigating at the scene, as it is protocol for all officer- involved shootings, Doan said. No deputies were injured, but the driver was taken to a hospital. He is expected to survive. Upon being released from the hospital, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department arrested him on felony DUI and assault with a deadly weapon charges for ramming the patrol car.

 

If you are facing a criminal charge in Riverside or Orange County, contact an experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney to assist you in fighting and/or reducing your charges. Do not hesitate and contact Don Ho, today!


Published by Don Ho Law. Don Ho is a criminal defense and employment attorney in Orange County, CA. 


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