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Were you impacted by Sacramento's 4th of July DUI enforcement?

Who doesn't love a holiday weekend? Friends, family and fireworks are often on the agenda over the 4th of July weekend. One thing isn't on the agenda, and that's drunk driving charges. If you or a loved one was arrested on DUI charges over the holiday weekend, read on.

Prior to the holiday, the Sacramento police department announced a statewide "maximum enforcement" period aimed at seeking and charging intoxicated drivers over the holiday weekend. The numbers have yet to be released as to the number of drivers apprehended over the holiday weekend. However, there's no doubt that some Sacramento drivers were charged with DUI when they were stopped on suspicion of driving with a blood alcohol concentration above the California legal limit. DUI charges are simply the accusation of a crime, not the final outcome of the charge.

Every person has a right to tell their side of a story and present evidence and testimony in defense of the crime they are accused of committing. This includes Sacramento residents accused of DWI or DUI. Police may look for behaviors like speeding, swerving or distracted driving prior to pulling a motorist over on suspicion of DUI. Understanding how and why a person was pulled over on suspicion of DUI can be a key part of an accused's defense.

Police are always on the look-out for intoxicated drivers. However, holiday weekends are particularly a time in which intoxicated drivers are accused of DUI/DWI. If you or a loved one were affected by the 4th of July DUI enforcement, consider all options. It could help secure a more favorable outcome.

Source: Davis Patch, "CHP announces statewide 'maximum enforcement period' this 4th of July Weekend," Maggie Avants, June 30, 2017

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