Archive for the ‘DUI’ Category

Unconscious DUI Suspect – Blood Seizure Without Warrant – Supreme Court Opinion an Abomination!

The United States Supreme Court recently remanded (returned to the state court) a case involving a DUI suspect whose blood was extracted without a warrant at a hospital while the suspected DUI driver was unconscious. The Court’s opinion in Mitchell v. Wisconsin (2019) 588 U.S. ____, authored by Justice S. Alito, is an outrageous deviation from constitutional jurisprudential standards – namely, stare decisis – and could be construed as an “advisory opinion” in violation of the Case or Controversy Clause of the United States Constitution.

President Trump Supreme Court nominee and now Associate Justice, N. Gorsuch, dissented (disagreed). As would be expected of a liberty-loving, government-constraining, jurist in the mold of the late Justice Antonin Scalia. In disagreeing with the Court’s opinion, Justice Gorsuch wrote, “Rather than proceeding solely by self-direction, I would have dismissed this case as improvidently granted and waited for a case presenting the exigent circumstances question.” That’s Justice Gorsuch’s way of saying the court was out of bounds to consider an exception to the warrant requirement that was not argued by the parties below and that, moreover, the facts of the case did not meet the exigent circumstances standard required to lawfully extract Mitchell’s blood without a warrant. Stated differently, if Justice Gorsuch were talking with Justice Alito at a bar, he might say something like, ‘Sam, that was wrong; and you are an idiot!’

For those who value the Fourth Amendment’s guarantee against unreasonable searches and seizures and the requirement that the government and police obtain a warrant before engaging in reasonable searches and seizures, there is no higher court to appeal this abomination of constitutional jurisprudence to, unfortunately.

Free Tow in Oroville Butte County if You Drank Alcohol Smoked Marijuana or Crank Methamphetamine Popped Pills Prescription Medication Snorted Cocaine to Excess Labor Day

September 3, 2018. Oroville, California

For people at risk of driving under the influence aka driving while intoxicated, or DUI aka DWI, because of drinking alcohol or using drugs on Labor Day, triple a or California State Automobile Association CSAA AAA is offering statewide free tows home up to 10 miles, according to Oroville Mercury Register online Staff Reports dated September 2, 2018. AAA is offering its tipsy tow service for those who have had too much to drink or consumed too many drugs, including prescription medication from a doctor. They say they will tow your car and give you a ride for free up to 10 miles, from 6 pm Monday until 6 am Tuesday (September 3 through September 4, 2018). Call 1-800-AAA-HELP. Tell them you need a tipsy tow. They do not take advanced reservations. DUI and criminal defense attorney, Daniel Ledford, noted as he has before, “If you do call and ask for a tipsy tow, you better not get impatient and change your mind and get in your car to drive home — that call could be inculpatory evidence against you. If you exercised your judgment and concluded you are too impaired to drive by calling for a tipsy tow, then do NOT drive!”

Oroville DUI Superbowl Sunday – AAA Tipsy Tow

According to Oroville Mercury Register, AAA is offering its tipsy tow service for those who have had too much to drink on Superbowl Sunday and need a ride home. They say they will tow your car and give you a ride for free up to 10 miles, from 6 pm Sunday until 6 am Monday. Call 1-800-AAA-HELP. Tell them you need a tipsy tow. They do not take advanced reservations.

Tipsy Tow Rides Again – St Patrick’s Day Celebrants in Chico, Oroville, Paradise Butte County

According to Oroville Mercury Register and Chico Enterprise Record, AAA is offering it’s free Tipsy Tow service to those who believe they are too intoxicated to drive as a result of celebrating on St. Patrick’s Day. Dial 1-800-AAA-HELP or 1-800-222-4357 between 6 pm Friday and 6 am Saturday and request a Tipsy Tow. AAA membership is not required. Advance reservations will not be taken.

DUI Checkpoint Today in Oroville, Southern Butte County

The Oroville office of the California Highway Patrol said it will conduct a DUI and license checkpoint today from 6 pm to 11 pm somewhere in southern Butte County, according to the Oroville Mercury Register.

DUI Arrests Up in Butte County, Chico, Oroville and Paradise Memorial Day Weekend

According to Chico Enterprise Record, DUI arrests were up this Memorial Day weekend in Chico, Oroville, Paradise and surrounding areas of Butte County. The publication’s report suggests a nearly two-fold rise in DUI arrests during the 2016 holiday weekend versus 2015. It was part of the Avoid the Eight campaign.

Chico DUI Super Bowl Tipsy Tow

Chico, CA.  According to Chico Enterprise Record staff reports, AAA will be offering free tows home for people who’ve had too much to drink on Super Bowl Sunday. According to the Enterprise Record, the “Tipsy Tow” service will be available from 6 p.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday, during which drivers, potential passengers, party hosts, bartenders and restaurant managers can call 1-800-222-4357 (AAA-HELP) for a free tow home up to 10 miles by telling the AAA operator, “I need a Tipsy Tow.” Chico DUI attorney Daniel Ledford noted, “This is a wonderful service,” then cautioned, “if you are impaired and you do call for a Tipsy Tow, you sure as heck better not become impatient and drive anyhow.”

Chico DUI Checkpoint Yields 4 Arrests in Butte County Memorial Day Weekend Avoid the 8 Campaign

Chico, CA.  Four arrests were made on Saturday night in connection with an Avoid the 8 DUI checkpoint conducted on Saturday night in the area of Park Avenue near 17th Street in Chico, Butte County, California, according to Chico Enterprise Records Staff Reports.

DUI Saturation Patrols and Checkpoint Planned for Chico, Oroville, Paradise and Butte County for Memorial Day Weekend

Chico, CA.  May 23, 2014.  Officers with law enforcement agencies throughout Butte County (Chico, Oroville, Paradise and surrounding communities) will be patrolling in large numbers Memorial Day weekend to keep impaired drivers off the road, according to Oroville Mercury Register staff reports dated May 21, 2014.

The Avoid the 8 anti-driving under the influence task force will conduct a drunken driving and driver’s license checkpoint on Saturday in Chico, according to a press release from Avoid the 8.

Also, the California Highway Patrol is deploying all available officers for Memorial Day weekend onto freeways and county roads as part of its maximum enforcement period, which begins Friday, May 23 at 6:01 p.m. and will continue until Monday, May 26 at 11:59 p.m., according to the Oroville Mercury Register story.

Oroville Butte County DUI Checkpoint from 4 PM to Midnight

May 5, 2014.  Chico Enterprise Record reports that a sobriety and driver license checkpoint is planned tonight (4 pm to midnight) at an undisclosed location some where in southern Butte County, according to an Oroville office of the California Highway Patrol press release.  In a separate article, the Chico Enterprise Record reports, “Would-be drivers who’ve celebrated Cinco de Mayo with alcohol can get a free tow home instead by participating in AAA Northern California’s tipsy tow program.  The service provides a one-way ride for the driver and vehicle of up to 10 miles to the driver’s home. If there are additional passengers, they will be taken to the driver’s home if there’s room in the tow truck.  The service starts at 6 p.m. today and runs to 6 a.m. Tuesday. Call 1-800-222-4357 (AAA-HELP) and tell the AAA operator, “I need a Tipsy Tow.”  You do not need to be a AAA member to take advantage of this service. You cannot make a reservation.

According to the California Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 802 drunken-driving fatalities in 2012, 28 percent of all traffic deaths that year. Nationally, over 1.2 million drivers were arrested in 2012 for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.  AAA estimates that a first-time DUI conviction in California can cost up to $12,000 in fines, penalties, restitution, legal fees, and added insurance expenses.