St. Patrick's Day is next Tuesday - March 17th - and that means many people in the OC and Southern California will be
celebrating St. Patty's Day throughout the coming weekend. Whether
your weekend plans involve Irish-themed parties or plenty of green beer,
our criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry,
Inc. would like to remind you that law enforcement will be increasing
their focus on
DUIs and other alcohol-related crimes.
St. Patrick's Day, like many other American holidays, has become a
popular and proven excuse for letting loose. For many, St. Patrick's
Day is a time to drink, perhaps because many associate the Irish culture
with the love of beer and spirits.
Whatever the reasons behind its popularity, St. Patrick's Day has become
a drinking holiday. Unfortunately, this means St. Patty's Day also
sees far higher rates of alcohol-involved auto accidents, injuries, and
deaths than other days of the year. As a result, law enforcement agencies
do everything they can to protect public safety and make sure people are
obeying the law.
Local Police agencies have announced planned DUI checkpoints this weekend,
Garden Grove - Friday, March 13th 9:00 pm - 3:00 am at an undisclosed location.
Newport Beach - Friday, March 13th 8:00 pm - 2:00 am at an undisclosed location.
Irvine - Friday March, 13th 8:00 pm - 2:00 am. MacArthur Blvd. & Campus Drive
Huntington Beach - Saturday, March 14th 7:00 pm - 3:00 am at an undisclosed location.
OC authorities will also be focusing on the following:
Saturation Patrols - Local law enforcement officers will commonly increase patrols during
weekends and special holidays or events in order to have more "boots
on the ground." Expect more patrol cars policing areas known for
drinking or crime and expect these officers to be looking for signs of
impaired drivers, which includes swerving.
Sobriety Checkpoints - Checkpoints have become one of the main DUI enforcement tools used by
law enforcement. These checkpoints are set up at locations and times known
for higher rates of alcohol-involved incidents (i.e. near the bars after
midnight). Officers will screen motorists for signs of drug or alcohol
impairment. They also check to ensure motorists are properly licensed
and that they do not have outstanding warrants.
Other Alcohol-Related Crimes - Weekends and holidays bring with them a spike in crime, and St. Patrick's
Day is no different. In addition to an increased focus on DUIs, officers
will also be on the lookout for other crimes common where alcohol and
parties are present, including public intoxication,
assault or battery, minor in possession,
drug possession, and vandalism, among others.
Our defense attorneys have represented many individuals who were arrested
for DUI and other crimes during holidays, weekends, and periods of increased
enforcement. If you or someone in your family has been arrested for driving
under the influence or for any other crime in Orange County, our legal
team is available immediately to review your case and explain what we
can do to help.
Call our firm today for a FREE case review.