Category Archives:DUI


Warning: fopen(/home/donholaw/public_html/wp-content/themes/lawyer/ait-cache/_wplatte/_snippets.content-nav.php-3006f3b579b31e45dd5b47e071c6c4e7.php): failed to open stream: Permission denied in /home/donholaw/public_html/wp-content/themes/lawyer/AIT/Framework/Libs/Nette/nette.min.inc on line 8439

Warning: fopen(/home/donholaw/public_html/wp-content/themes/lawyer/ait-cache/_wplatte/_snippets.content-loop.php-cc93731903d922ac1f016501beda8cc9.php): failed to open stream: Permission denied in /home/donholaw/public_html/wp-content/themes/lawyer/AIT/Framework/Libs/Nette/nette.min.inc on line 8439

132 Arrests in Newport and Costa Mesa over July 4th Holiday

Police made 132 Fourth of July-related arrests in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, police said Friday. Newport Beach police arrested 123 revelers between Thursday and 5:30 a.m. Friday. The arrests were largely related to alcohol and parties, although specifics were not immediately available, police said.

This year’s arrest total was similar to those of the past few years. Newport Beach made 119 arrests last year, according to Newport police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella.

In Newport Beach there were 943 events logged from midnight on the Fourth of July to 5:30 a.m. Friday, according to Newport Beach Police Lt. Jon Lewis. Those events include self-initiated police activity and citizen calls for service, Lewis said. A more specific breakdown was not available.

Newport, with assistance from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Irvine Police Department, California Highway Patrol and the Orange County Regional Mounted Enforcement Unit, had 200 safety personnel on patrol Thursday,, Manzella said.



Costa Mesa police said they arrested nine people from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday — four for impaired driving, one for drug possession, one for being drunk in public, one for an arrest warrant, one for an arsonist failing to register with the Police Department and one for a fireworks-related citation.

 

The Costa Mesa Police Department deployed 14 to 26 officers throughout the city on the Fourth of July, police said. Costa Mesa authorities received 224 fireworks calls, and officers were dispatched to 40, police said. Authorities received 47 calls in Costa Mesa related to disturbances or fights that were handled by officers, police said.


 

This Fourth of July Orange County celebrated with fireworks, barbeques, sparklers and sunshine. It was a great day to celebrate our nations independence to remember those who serve and protect our country. However, oftentimes the celebration does not end with applause at the fireworks bursting in the sky but rather handcuffs in the back of a police cruiser.


 

If you or a loved one were charged with driving under the influence or with other crimes, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to fight your charges and reduce your fines. A DUI or criminal conviction can be costly, you can lose your license, lose your transportation, and will have to pay hefty fines. DonHo, an established criminal defense attorney, will fight the charges on your behalf.

Published by Don Ho Law. Don Ho is an experienced criminal defense attorney who serves Riverside, San Bernardino, and Orange Counties. 

Enhanced by Zemanta

Orange County DUI Checkpoint - June 28, 2013

Date:  Friday, June 28, 2013
Time:  8:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
City:  Irvine, California
Location:  MacArthur Boulevard between Red Hill & Fitch
Agency:  Irvine Police Department
 
Everyone drive safe and be responsible tonight!
 
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 the charges on your behalf.
 
Published by Don Ho Law. Don Ho is a criminal defense attorney in Riverside and Orange County. 

DUI Checkpoints - Garden Grove, Laguna Beach, Santa Ana

Orange County DUI Checkpoints Saturday, June 8th

  • Garden Grove – Magnolia between Chapman and Lampson, 7:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. 
  • Laguna Beach - Saturation points announced all over city, 6:30 p.m. – 3:30 a.m.
  • Santa Ana - Fourth Street between Grand and Main, 7:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.


Sources:


Published by Don Ho Law. Don Ho is an experienced criminal defense attorney who serves Orange and Riverside County, California. 

Orange County DUI Checkpoint - Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach

A DUI checkpoint will occur in the following locations:

Costa Mesa Newport Blvd and E 17th St Fri Apr 26, 2013
Huntington Beach Slater Ave Fri Apr 26, 2013
Newport Beach Jamboree Rd And Santa Barbara Dr 8:30pm – Fri Apr 26, 2013
Published by Don Ho Law. Don Ho is an experienced criminal defense attorney who serves Riverside and Orange County. If you or a loved one has received or charged with a DUI, contact an attorney who can fight for you. 

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.

Enhanced by Zemanta

Orange County DUI Checkpoint - Santa Ana April 5, 2013

A DUI checkpoint will occur at the following location:

City:  Santa Ana, CA
Date:  Friday, April 5, 2013
Time:  8:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Location:  Area of 300 N. Main St. (between 17th Street & 1st Street)
Agency:  Santa Ana Police Department
 
A DUI conviction is costly and disruptive to your life. It is important to make sure that if you are facing a criminal conviction, you receive competent representation. If you or a loved one has been accused of a crime contact an experienced an aggressive criminal defense attorney who will fight for your rights, contact Don Ho Law today.

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

Fullerton DUI Arrests On the Rise

In Fullerton, there have been 121 DUI arrests from the start of the new year to Sunday, 586 arrests in 2012, and 831 arrests in 2011. 
Fullerton, CA Police patch
The increase in DUI arrests in 2013 is due to the Fullerton Police Department putting to use a $146,222 state grant for programs related to drunken-driving suppression, along with a $50,000 grant earmarked for sobriety checkpoints. The grants were awarded last year by the state Office of Traffic Safety. 
 
Since Oct. 1, the department has tapped into the larger grant to implement 35 saturation patrols – six-hour operations involving two officers patrolling the bar-heavy downtown area looking for suspected drunken drivers.The operation has netted an average of one DUI arrest per patrol, said Capt. George Crum. Fifty-five more saturation patrols are planned through Sept. 30.
 
Five undercover court-sting operations have also been budgeted through the grant. The second took place on Feb.19 at the North Justice Center, where police followed 35 drivers with suspended licenses from the courthouse to their vehicles. Most had alternate transportation, but police did cite six drivers who’d had their licenses suspended for DUI convictions but still got behind the wheel and drove away from the courthouse. Another driver was arrested on a DUI warrant. The first court sting netted seven citations and one arrest.
 
Through the $50,000 grant, the department has staged one sobriety checkpoint, has a second planned for March, and will hold three more by Sept. 30.
 
The City Council in August voted unanimously to accept the $146,222 grant but initially turned down the $50,000 grant. Then-Councilman Travis Kiger said checkpoints violate the U.S. Constitution’s Fourth Amendment – which guards against unreasonable searches – and are ineffective and merely a tool used by police unions to garner overtime pay.
 
Family members of people killed by drunken drivers, along with officials from Mothers Against Drunk Driving, criticized the council for turning down the checkpoint grant. The council then revisited the issue and approved the grant after being informed that the state Office of Traffic Safety would not award either grant unless the council accepted both.

According to the Office of Traffic Safety, California leads the nation in the number of sobriety checkpoints with more than 2,000 conducted annually. Almost 90 percent of California drivers support sobriety checkpoints, according to a 2012 survey conducted by the agency. Of the 14 motor-vehicle deaths in Fullerton since 2009, seven were alcohol related, Chief Dan Hughes has said.

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. Do not hesitate and contact Don Ho today!
 
Published by Don Ho Law. Don Ho is a criminal defense and employment law attorney in Orange County, California. 


Enhanced by Zemanta

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. 

DUI Checkpoint - Lake Forest, February 15, 2013

A DUI checkpoint announcement has been issued by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department for the City of Lake Forest on February 15, 2013 from 6:00pm to 2:00am.

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.

Warning: fopen(/home/donholaw/public_html/wp-content/themes/lawyer/ait-cache/_wplatte/_snippets.content-nav.php-3006f3b579b31e45dd5b47e071c6c4e7.php): failed to open stream: Permission denied in /home/donholaw/public_html/wp-content/themes/lawyer/AIT/Framework/Libs/Nette/nette.min.inc on line 8439