Because of all the celebrating which occurs over the holidays, California law enforcement agencies have created joint task forces to crack down. This means that in addition to more DUI checkpoints, there is an increase in saturation patrols. These are cops that drive around looking for drunk drivers. The problem with the saturation patrols is that they do not need to post the location where they will be. With checkpoints, the law enforcement agency conducting them must post the location and times 48 hours prior to the checkpoint. This requirement is not the same for saturation patrols. In California there are hundreds upon hundreds of possible violations. It could be something obvious like speeding, or something not so obvious like having a headlight that is too dim or a broken license plate light. Officers will look for any reason to pull over a vehicle they suspect is being driven by an individual who is driving under the influence.
Sometimes officers become lucky and get more than a drunk driver: they find someone with warrants, drugs, no license, or worse. If you get arrested over a holiday, the cops have 48 hours to keep you in jail before they have to get you in front of a judge. This excludes weekends and holidays. Tuesday, December 25th, is a court holiday. Therefore, it does not count in the 48 hour limit, which keeps you in jail longer if you’re arrested.
The Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache does not rest, because cops do not rest. Stephanie Arrache is always available by phone 24 hours a day if there is an emergency. If you or a loved one is arrested during the holiday season, do not hesitate to call or email. You will be answered immediately. The holiday season is not the time to feel scared and alone because you or a loved one were arrested!