It’s been reported that 20 DUI arrests were made over the Memorial Day weekend primarily through the use of sobriety checkpoints throughout Fresno and Madera Counties. This was due in part to the AVOID program, which seeks to reduce roadway deaths and injuries by focusing on DUI drivers. You can learn more about the AVOID program through their website.
Holiday weekends are a prime opportunity for law enforcement to arrest and charge drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. DUI checkpoints are utilized to test the sobriety of drivers who are suspected of being intoxicated. With Central California being home to a variety of recreational areas such as Bass Lake, Shaver Lake, Millerton Lake, and Yosemite National Park, many holiday weekends are spent outdoors and these activities may include drinking or the use of a controlled substance (drug charges). Many may not be aware that boating under the influence (BUI) is aggressively enforced throughout our many lakes as well, with the local authorities with jurisdiction over these recreational areas placing importance on the safety of park visitors.
If you have been charged with one of these crimes in a recreational area, you will need the guidance of a criminal defense lawyer who knows the specific laws and regulations of every recreational area in the Central Valley. If you have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony in a recreational area, please contact the Law Office of Gregory W. Fox at (559) 222-5800 for your free consultation.