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Arrested for DUI in Oroville Chico Paradise Butte County California – Now What?

So you or somebody you know has been arrested for driving under the influence (aka driving while intoxicated) or DUI or DWI for short. What do you do now? Well, the things to do will be different for different people and their different circumstances. Most people reading this will have already been booked and released with a date and time to appear in court. One thing that everybody should be aware of is that the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) almost always takes action against your privilege to drive a motor vehicle in California — if arrested for driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) or breath alcohol concentration (BrAC) of 0.08% or greater. If that’s the case, you need to calculate right away the date that is 10 days from the date you were arrested. That’s your deadline to request a hearing with the DMV to dispute the suspension of your driver’s license. If that 10 day deadline is blown, expect your driver’s license suspension to go into effect 30 days from the date of your arrest. Notice of this is almost always part of the paperwork you are given when released a few hours after your arrest. So you should have the paperwork that more fully explains this. DMV hearings are conducted under exacting procedures. While it’s possible to do it yourself, it is highly inadvisable. Consequently, most people will have their lawyer deal with the DMV. Which is why the next thing you should do is hire a lawyer with a focus on criminal and DUI defense within 10 days of your arrest.

Avoiding DUI in Oroville with Triple A Tipsy Tow this Thanksgiving

According to Oroville Mercury Register staff reports, AAA will be offering its free Tipsy Tow service this Thanksgiving. If a person has had too much alcohol to drink, they can avoid a driving under the influence DUI by calling 1-800-AAA-HELP from 6 pm Thursday through 6 am Friday.  The free ride and tow is limited to 10 miles. AAA membership not required.

DUI Fourth of July Chico Oroville Paradise Butte County

Be on the lookout for extra police presence in Chico, Oroville, Paradise and surrounding communities in Butte County this 4th of July weekend. While it is typical on major holiday weekends to see news articles announcing planned DUI check points and saturation patrols, such articles have been absent from local newspapers so far this year. Local DUI and criminal defense attorney, Daniel Ledford, notes, “Odds are good that there are more police officers on the beat than usual — looking for drunk drivers and standing by to respond to emergencies.”

Avoid DUI Chico Oroville Paradise with Cinco de Mayo AAA Tipsy Tow

According to the Oroville Mercury Register, drivers who drink too much on Cinco de Mayo are being offered a free ride home by AAA Northern California. From 6 pm Friday until 6 am Saturday, anyone can call 1-800-AAA-HELP (1-800-222-4357) and ask for a Tipsy Tow. Tipsy Tow does not take advance reservations.

Avoid DUI in Chico Oroville Paradise New Year’s With AAA Tipsy Tow

According to Chico Enterprise Record Staff Reports, dated December 30, 2016, AAA will provide a free tow and ride home, up to 10 miles, if a person calls 1-800-222-4357 between 6 pm Saturday, December 31, and 6 am Sunday, January 1. Tell the AAA operator, “I need a Tipsy Tow.” Advance reservations, however, will not be taken (according the the newspaper).

Butte County DUI Crackdown Memorial Day Weekend

Chico, CA.  According to Chico Enterprise Records, the Avoid the 8 DUI enforcement program lead to 13 arrests over Memorial Day weekend in Butte County (the three largest cities being Chico, Oroville and Paradise).  The article noted the arrests were down from 20 last year.

Daniel Ledford designated Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers

The National Trial Lawyers have designated Daniel Ledford to its Top 100 Trial Lawyers ranks.  Membership in The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 is an invitation-only honor extended exclusively to those individuals who exemplify superior qualifications, case results, and leadership.  “I am honored.  It means a lot to me to be so recognized,” said DUI and Criminal Defense Lawyer Daniel Ledford in connection with the designation.

US Supreme Court On Side of Privacy – Cops Must Get a Warrant Before Searching Cell Phone After Arrest

On June 25, 2014, in the case of Riley v. California, the United States Supreme Court held that before searching a cell phone seized incident to an arrest, police must first get a warrant.  Acknowledging its decision will have an impact on the ability of law enforcement to combat crime, the Supreme Court nevertheless sided with we the people by noting, “privacy comes at a cost” [to government].  Commenting on the high court’s opinion, criminal defense lawyer Daniel Ledford, said, “It is a great moment for the people of our country when a unanimous Supreme Court votes 9-0 against government intrusion into our lives.  The Court recognized that modern era cell phones, smart phones in particular, can contain so much personal information about us that cops (the government) can’t just go fishing and snooping into our phones just because they’ve arrested us.”  To read the entire opinion, go here.

Butte County DUI Crackdown Planned for Super Bowl Sunday

CHICO, CA.  Citing Butte County Avoid the 8 DUI Task Force authorities, Chico Enterprise Record staff reports that drunk drivers will be targeted on Super Bowl Sunday.  “Every time they [law enforcement agencies] do these saturation patrols, it seems like some innocent people get arrested,” commented DUI Lawyer Daniel Ledford.  He recommends retaining legal counsel within a day or two after a DUI arrest to assure one’s rights are defended.  “Obviously, the police arrest people who are guilty — which is good; but some times they just get it wrong, which is why hiring a skilled local attorney is essential,” Ledford concluded.

Public Intoxication and DUI Arrests in Chico, Butte County Un Happy Halloween

CHICO – 37 people were arrested as Halloween weekend in Chico got underway, according to Chico Enterprise Record staff reports.  Butte County DUI & Criminal Defense Lawyer, Daniel Ledford, commented, “It is not surprising that the vast majority of the arrests were for public intoxication under California Penal Code section 647(f).”  Besides the social stigma and facing jail time, a one year driver’s license suspension awaits those who were under 21 years of age (assuming they are eventually convicted).  Ledford urges those arrested for public intoxication to get an attorney as soon as possible “because some of these cases will present proof problems for the district attorney — just because you were arrested does not mean you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.”