A proposal that passed in both chambers of the legislature last term is raising fears about increased DUI arrests in the state. State Senator Scott Wiener re-introduced a bill that would allow some bars to serve alcohol until 4:00 AM. Senate Bill 58 would allow businesses in Cathedral City, Coachella, Fresno, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Oakland, Palm Springs, Sacramento, San Francisco, and West Hollywood to serve liquor until 4:00 AM. The bill authorizes a pilot program and would authorize extended liquor sales between 2022 and 2027.
Opponents say the change would increase drunk driving as intoxicated people attempt to reach a pilot city. During the last legislative session, then-governor Jerry Brown vetoed the bill. Opponents also say that the move to extend liquor sales isn’t being driven by the pilot cities.
Studies conducted in other countries that extended alcohol sales found increases in arrests, crashes, assaults and other alcohol-related ER visits. Additionally, arrest data shows that drunk drivers travel an average of seven miles before being stopped. The likely impact of the law would be that non-participating municipalities would bear the increased cost of enforcement. Further, opponents worry that late-night drinkers will hit the road at about the same time early morning commuters do.
Ventura DUI attorney
When you face charges for drunk driving, hire an experienced DUI attorney like Robert Helfend. Regardless of where an officer arrests you, a DUI can be expensive! In addition to lost time and income dealing with the actual arrest, you could also face jail time, increased fines, increased insurance costs and a new interlock requirement for some drivers.
Whether you’re facing a DUI in Ventura or another county in Southern California, you need experienced, aggressive representation in court. Don’t assume that you can save money by representing yourself! You run real legal and financial risks when you attempt to represent yourself in court. Instead, work with an experienced attorney who knows how to defend you.
Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura DUI case.
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