District Attorneys' Offices Receive DUI Prosecution Grants

Posted by Robert Berglund | Nov 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

Both the Orange County and San Bernardino County District Attorney's offices have been awarded grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to specially train their Deputy District Attorney's in the prosecution of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) cases.  Prosecutor's offices throughout California are preparing for an expected increase in drug DUI cases as the legalization of recreational marijuana rolls out in January, 2018.  

The San Bernardino County DA received a grant of $211,883.00.  This money will be used to fund a Vertical Prosecution team that will work cases from arrest through conviction and sentencing.  The DA's press release stated "Those arrested for DUI in San Bernardino County, especially repeat offenders and those involved in fatal or injury crashes, can expect to face highly trained, specialized prosecutor."  You can read the full press release here.  

The Orange County DA was given $672,500 for the Alcohol and Drug Impaired Driver Vertical Prosecution Program plus an additional $594,600 for the California Traffic Safety Resource Program Training Network.  The OCDA's press release states that it has been working in partnership with OTS on Traffic Safety and Driving Under the Influence of Drugs (DUID) prosecutions since 2011.  You can read the OCDA's full press release here.  In addition to receiving funding to assist and train a specialized group of prosecutors for DUI cases, the OCDA's office will train law enforcement officers through live trainings, roundtables, training videos, and legal updates.  OCDA already has a strong DUI prosecution team, with 8 Deputy District Attorneys in the county specializing in DUI Drug cases alone.  This number will certainly increase with receipt of the additional grant money.  

Expect a lot of officer training in the months to come, not only from the OCDA but from other prosecutors' offices and police department training, regarding the detection and investigation of drug DUI cases.  The Los Angeles County District Attorney and the Los Angeles City Attorney prosecutors will also likely be involved in the new DUI drug training.  Law enforcement agencies will cooperate with each other to find the best methods for identifying impaired drivers, gathering evidence of impairment, and arresting those suspected of drugged driving.  As we have discussed before on our blog, it can be difficult to prove a person was impaired by marijuana or other drugs at the time they were driving.  With the expected increase in DUI drug cases, law enforcement officers and prosecutors don't want to fail to convict DUI drivers so they will be preparing the best they can not to allow that to happen.  If you are arrested for a DUI involving drugs you will want an experienced Los Angeles DUI lawyer on your side.  Call us at (877) 203-4377 or submit our CONTACT form today.  Los Angeles DUI lawyer Robert D. Berglund specializes in defending persons charged with DUI.  Do not go to court alone without an experienced DUI attorney on your side.  

About the Author

Robert Berglund

Attorney Robert D. Berglund specializes in representing persons arrested on suspicion of Driving Under the Influence of alcohol or marijuana...


There are no comments for this post. Be the first and Add your Comment below.

Leave a Comment

Comments have been disabled.

You Are Not Alone

Facing DUI charges is an unpleasant experience. We are here for our clients through every step of the process and will make sure that you receive the best representation possible. You will always be able to reach us when you have questions about your case. You can be assured that we will fight to obtain the best possible outcome.

Free Consultation

There is no charge for the DUI phone consultation. We want to hear everything that happened both before and after you were arrested. Attorney Robert D. Berglund will personally speak with you about your case and provide you with an honest analysis. Contact us today.