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.