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Dec 01

UC San Diego in the News

By ali | Uncategorized

PSA: Drugged Driving is Dangerous

UCSD School of Medicine Professor Linda Hill has been working with the school’s Training, Research and Education for Driving Safety (TREDS) for 15 years.  They have four public service videos (see above) to teach drivers about the consequences of driving while drugged.  TREDS web address is:  http://treds.ucsd.edu/

Hill says people that use Marijuana products should wait before driving, the same as is recommended for alcohol.  Her advice is that people smoking Marijuana should wait four hours before driving.  She also indicated that edibles can delay the effects and last for eight hours.

A grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is funding TREDS “Higher Education: Driving High is DUI” campaign.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 2016 report on drivers killed in collisions showed Marijuana is the most commonly detected drug, followed by Opiods.  NHTSA also launched a new safety campaign over the Labor Day holiday weekend in 2018; “If You Feel Different, You Drive Different.” Heidi King, NHTSA Deputy Administrator said that “A driver’s judgment and ability to react are both impaired when driving high, but many drivers don’t realize that it’s dangerous and illegal.”  Driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol is illegal throughout the United States.


NHTSA Short Videos on Driving Under the Influence

The fact that driving under the influence is dangerous is nothing new but many people take prescription medications without being a danger to other motorists. In other words, having drugs in your system doesn’t automatically mean you are under the influence for purposes of a DUI.  Consider the following definition from CALCRIM 2110, which is one of the jury instructions given at the end of a trial in CA before the jury is sent out to deliberate:

A person is under the influence if, as a result of (drinking [or

consuming] an alcoholic beverage/ [and/or] taking a drug), his or her

mental or physical abilities are so impaired that he or she is no longer

able to drive a vehicle with the caution of a sober person, using

ordinary care, under similar circumstances.

TIP: Don't drive under the influence and you'll avoid needing to Google "SACRAMENTO DUI ATTORNEYS"

Our local CSU is doing their part to keep students safe as well. California State University Sacramento
has a program called Safe Rides. Associated Students Inc. offers to reimburse students up to $20 per
semester for using a ride share app of their choice during the Fall and Spring semesters, while funds last.
The students have to travel between 10pm -2am, Wednesday through Saturday. Complete instructions
can be found at:
http://www.asi.csus.edu/programs/safe-rides/

The last night this can be used for the Fall semester is tomorrow, 12/8/18, so get your free rides in quick
before the winter break.

Nov 12

Safety Center Sacramento: DUI School Review and Tour

By Admin | Uncategorized

Safety Center DDP

On Friday, 6/8/2018, I spent the morning at the Safety Center DDP’s (Safety Center) main office at 3909
Bradshaw Road Sacramento, CA 95827. The facility is quite large, encompassing several buildings and
has ample free parking. The Safety Center offers more than just DUI classes. They offer classes for
Senior Drivers that may help to lower the cost of insurance, Motorcycle Training classes and more. For

today, we’ll just be talking about the DUI classes available.


The Safety Center has schools at three locations in the Sacramento area and two in Yolo County. The
Sacramento area schools are located at the address listed above, one in Citrus Heights (6 & 9 month
First Offender class only) and one in North Highlands. In Yolo County, there is a school in West
Sacramento and another in Woodland. Cost varies by length of class and payment options are available.
Saturday classes and classes in Spanish and Russian may be offered at some locations.

DUI classes vary in length.

For First Offenders, the court can order a person take:
Wet Reckless Program (12 hours over 6 weeks) [only if case resolved as Wet Reckless]
First Offender Program (30 hours over 3 months) [.08 up to .19][Sacramento .08-.14]
First Offender Program (45 hours over 6 months) [Sacramento-BAC of .15-.19]
First Offender Program (60 hours over 9 months) [Chemical Test Refusal & BAC of .20 or more]

For Multiple Offenders, the court will order:
SB38-Multiple Offender Program (18 months)
*If the Offense is resolved as a Wet 2nd , the 60 hour, 9 month program may be ordered.


All First Offender programs consist of Education and Group components designed to cover a wide
variety of subjects.
Education consists of six classes:
1. Intro and Effects of Alcohol & Drugs on Driving
2. Impairment of Driving Abilities, Skills & Judgement
3. Substance Use Disorders
4. Effects on Body and Health
5. Effects on Individual, Family and Society
6. Create a Change Plan to Prevent Impaired Driving

Group consists of nine to twenty six classes:
1. Thoughts and Feelings Affect Actions
2. Effects of Alcohol & Drugs on Driving Behavior
3. Changing Decisions Leading Up to Your DUI
4. Coping With Stress
5. Values and Decision Making
6. Effective Communication
7. Developing Resilient Relationships
8. Setting Goals for the Future
9. Sustaining Change
10. Overcoming Obstacles to Changing Behavior
11. Strengthening Your Social Support Network
12. Using Family Strengths for Problem Solving
13. Reconnecting with Your Family
14. Listening with Empathy
15. Cultivating a Positive View of the Future
16. Focusing on Your Vision for the Future
17. Making Decisions to Prevent Driving Under the Influence
18. Coping with Triggers and Cravings
19. Gaining Support of Family and Friends
20. Problem Solving in Relationships
21. Creating a Recovery Plan
22. Building Personal Resilience
23. Becoming Your Ideal Self
24. Developing Resources for Sustaining Changes
25. Making Safe Driving Decisions
26. Learning from Relapses


*Multiple Offender Programs include much of the same except that the last six months consists of just a
monthly face to face with a counselor.

Jun 22

Sacramento DUI Lawyer – June Update

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Sacramento DUI Lawyer - June Update

Denis Does the Davis Trinity 

Although he is based in Sacramento, Denis is also very active in Yolo County. He noticed that a large percentage of his cases from that county are college students from UC Davis and immediately made it a goal to decrease the number of DUI arrests from UCD students. 

In addition to creating a scholarship for UC Davis Picnic Week 2018, Denis focused on creating DUI awareness events in the Davis area to help students prevent future DUI arrests. 

For his third awareness event in the college town, Denis completed the Davis Trinity - a bar crawl that UCD undergrads complete as a rite of passage. Students are known to get absurdly drunk after completion and Denis wanted to illustrate how BAC levels rise after each of the three mixed drinks. 

To give a more accurate illustration to the local students, he picked two volunteers (one undergrad and one grad) to complete the challenge along with him. 

May 29

Breweries in Sacramento County

By Admin | Uncategorized

Breweries in Sacramento County

Burgers and Brew

If you're looking for a taproom that serves grub out of their own kitchen instead of booking various food trucks, make sure to add this downtown brewery to your list. Located in an old firehouse, patrons can expect to find various gourmet burgers and rotating taps. If you're on the fence about giving them a visit, here's some peace of mind - the consensus on Yelp is that B&B is a quality restaurant (4 stars rating with 290 reviews as of 6/26/2018).

Bike Dog Broadway Taproom

The Broadway Taproom is a satellite location of Bike Dog's headquarters in West Sac located downtown for the residents who don't want to make the drive/bike ride but still want the same great beers.  Costco actually carries some of their beers, so you can rest assured that the quality is on point. The Broadway Taproom garnered a solid 4-star rating and if you're looking for a place that serves food in addition to brew, rejoice! Sellands (a popular local market) is located next door and they have a Bike Dog has a special menu you can order from. If you're not feeling what Sellands has to offer, you're also allowed to bring in outside food from other locations. 

Urban Roots Brewery and Smokehouse 

This is the only brewery in Sacramento County that has a dedicated BBQ menu, so put this on the list if you're a fan of the grill. Another 4 star rated restaurant on Yelp, reviews say that you can smell this place from a mile away. The atmosphere is also perfect for enjoying a nice weather day since they have plenty of patio seating. 

Capital Hop Shop

Perhaps the most striking feature of this brewery are the garage doors. This brewery is a converted car garage that now boasts an extensive list of beers and hard ciders. Although this spot is just approaching its one year anniversary, Yelpers take notice of the great service and quality food. 

Big Stump Brewing Company

If you’re looking for sour beers, Big Stump Brew Company is the choice for you! They do not serve food, but outside food is perfectly acceptable. Equipped with old school arcade games, this place is both baby friendly and dog friendly. 

Device Brewing Company

Tucked away near the the courthouse on Power Inn, Device is a modest brewery that offers plenty for its patrons. In addition to having a dog friendly space, Device partners with local food trucks, making it a one stop shop for a relaxing day.