If you are facing a DUI or drug-related charge, your best option is to begin working with your defense attorney. Although it may seem like you can handle these charges on your own, the reality is that your attorney has much more experience and may be able to help you reduce or eliminate the charges completely.
One thing that has been in the news recently is that arrests for DUIs more than tripled over the Fourth of July holiday. The California Highway Patrol reported that 1,204 people were arrested for DUIs over the holiday period, which is much higher than the 389 arrested in 2018.
So, what’s the cause of such a large discrepancy? There’s no certainty, but part of it could be that the number of California Highway Patrol officers out on patrol was higher. There is also the possibility that there were simply more people driving while intoxicated, though that is unlikely to be the case.
The CHP also reported that there were more fatalities during the 2019 holiday period than in the previous year. In 2018, 17 people died. In 2019, 24 people passed away in DUI-related incidents.
The data that the CHP is referring to covers the dates from July 3 from 6:01 p.m. onward through Sunday, July 7 at 6:00 a.m.
Overall, it’s safe to say that the police are looking for people who may be driving while intoxicated and are cracking down on impaired drivers. If you are stopped, know that you do have rights. Your attorney will help you fight the charges you face.