My attempt here is to give you resources on the Internet that can accomplish several things:

First, know what’s happening with law enforcement; where they’re putting their resources so you know what to avoid and when not to be in those places where saturation patrols are swarming the neighborhoods or where check points are being conducted. I put this information here because so many of my clients are initially detained for reasons that are not legal and secondly I want everybody to pay attention to what they drink and when not to drive. A taxi or friend driving you around this holiday season is way cheaper than hiring a Santa Rosa DUI lawyer like myself.

St. Patrick’s Day DUI Enforcement Avoid Grant

Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving
Keep the streets safe this St. Patrick’s Day! Don’t drink and drive.

Santa Rosa, CA-As one of the country’s most popular holidays, St. Patrick’s Day has long celebrated the roots of 34.2 million Americans with Irish ancestry, and many more who just want to partake in the festivities. This year, if you’ll be drinking alcohol, remember: Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.
Tragically, March 17 has become one of the nation’s deadliest holidays. In fact, from 2010 to 2014, almost three-fourths of the drunk-driving fatalities during this holiday period involved drivers who had BACs well above the .08 limit, with 266 drunk-driving fatalities total nationwide, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

To help lower deaths an injuries, The Avoid the 13 Sonoma County DUI Task Force will be deploying extra officers on overtime targeting problem areas with high numbers of DUI collisions and DUI arrests. These DUI patrols along with routine nightly patrols will be looking for the tell-tale signs of impaired driving to include weaving, crossing the center line, etc.

And keep an eye out for pedestrians who have had too much to drink: Walking while intoxicated can also be deadly, as lack of attention could put you at risk of getting hit by a vehicle. So whether you’ve indulged a little or a lot, law enforcements wants to remind everyone to drink and drive is a crime —you put yourself at risk, as well as others. The consequences are often fatal. Let’s make 2016 safer.

Use this party-planning checklist to stay safe this St. Patrick’s Day.

• PARTY PREPARATION: Designate a sober, reliable driver to get you home safely. Find the name of a taxi company (or two), and keep their numbers in your phone, or download the California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP (Designated Driver VIP) mobile app is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices. Launched in 2014, the DDVIP app offers enhanced features, allowing users to “Map a Spot” with their current location to find DDVIP partnering establishments in their area or a “List of Spots” to search all participating bars and restaurants throughout California. Users will be offered free incentives at each bar to celebrate their life saving role. They can stay up-to-date with the latest from DDVIP and see what other users are saying via its social tab. Also through the app, for those who want to imbibe but also make it a point to plan ahead, users can easily order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb – all from one screen.
March 17, 2016 to March 20, 2016.

“It’s time for all drivers to get the message,” said Chief Hank Schreeder Santa Rosa Police Department. “Drunk driving is a choice you make, and when you make that choice, people get hurt or die. That’s why we’re joining with law enforcement nationwide to share the message: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” “The safest way to get home,” Chief Hank Schreeder said, “is to drive sober or catch a ride with a sober designated driver.”

Sonoma County DUI Coalition reminders everyone to follow these simple tips to stay safe:
• Plan a safe way to get home before you attend the party. Alcohol impairs judgment, as well as reaction time. If you’re impaired you’re more likely to choose to drive drunk.
• Designate a sober driver; take public transportation, a car service, or a call a sober friend of family member to get home.
• Walking while impaired can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Designate a sober friend to walk you home.
• If you see someone you think is about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them get home safely.

Second, we believe that the best defense comes with an educated client so we want you to take the time to understand you own circumstances so that even the smallest stone doesn’t go unturned in crafting a solution that fits you best;
Third, we know that most people who are arrested for the first time on a DUI/DWI charge will never get arrested again, but, we also know that most of you will also not totally abstain from having some drinks and operating a motor vehicle. So, we want you to understand how not to get caught over the legal limit again; and
Fourth, we know that a great deal of guilt or remorse can accompany a criminal charge and we believe that you will be better able to deal with this if you can see all sides to the issue. Why the laws were enacted the way they were and why they are or aren’t fair can go a long way to understanding what happened to you.

Important Resources

Legal Jargon Demystified

Try the Nolo “Shark Talk” dictionary, your life raft in the sea of legal jargon. Do you need to know the meaning of some puzzling legal term? Look it up here. The Nolo dictionary contains plain-English definitions for over a thousand legal terms, from the common to the bizarre. And, in case you’ve got some other problems, this is a great site for self help when that’s all you need!

Court Directory

This site has been developed to provide access to web sites maintained by courts nationwide. The directory listings at are organized in sections, covering courts in all states, the Federal system, Guam, D.C., Canada and Australia

Bar Associations and other Legal Associations

The Washburn University School of Law provides a tremendous resource for locating local Bar Associations throughout the U.S. Most all of these associations have referral programs and while we don’t believe that they are your best source for finding the “best” attorney, we want you to have access to as many resources as possible in directing and managing your situation.

United States Department of Transportation DOT

Here you’ll find information on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the NHTSA. These are the folks who devised the Field Sobriety Tests and provide the training material for local or state police.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving MADD

Since this is the one, single source for political pressure that has made criminals out of otherwise law abiding citizens, we thought you ought to get a chance to find out what they do and why they do it. Since being founded in 1980 by a small group of mothers, MADD has grown to one of the largest crime victims’ organizations in the world.


OK, and now for something completely different. Try the site published by the Citizens Against Wrongful Arrests (CAWA). CAWA is currently an association made up of citizens who are extremely concerned and embarrassed, by the fact that the United States of America has a higher percentage of it’s population incarcerated or on parole than any other nation on the planet. Their purpose is limited to educating the public about DUI related issues and providing information and support for otherwise law abiding citizens who have been criminalized by unnecessary, draconian, Low BAC drinking driver laws.

Not Alcohol

We also recognize that many DUI/DWI arrests and stops uncover either the use of or possession of drugs such as marijuana. So, to round out the resource links we thought we’d give these two to you in case you fall into the “caught with the goods” category.

Public Defenders – Alternate Defenders

I’m proud of our Public Defenders in Sonoma County and I have a high regard for those public defender attorneys I’ve met in other counnties that I’ve practriced in. Many people like to joke about them, but it is a very demanding job and these men and women are understaffed, to say the least. You can always start out using their services and if you truely aren’t satisfied then just borrow from a friend or relative and hire a Santa Rosa Attorney who specialized in DUI’s to take your case over. But, remember, it that private attorney doesn’t concentrate his business in the area of DUI’s then you just might find yourself with another attorney too busy to do what you need done.

Here’s the link to the Calfornia Public Defender’s Association where you can look throughout California for help if you’re short on funds