Avoiding a DUI Arrest in California is a Bad Idea

Posted by Troy Slaten | Nov 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

A Colorado Springs police officer discovered a new way to attempt to avoid DUI conviction… steal the evidence. Veteran Police Officer David Rosenoff was involved in a car accident on Sunday and responding officers believed that he may have been under the influence. He was taken into custody and a blood sample was drawn. The only problem was, as the officer was leaving the station, he noticed the sample was missing. It seems officer Rosenoff thought that if he could get rid of the sample, he could avoid conviction. Instead, he is facing charges for DUI and tampering with evidence.

Even though DUI charges may seem unfair, trying to avoid conviction is never a good idea and only makes the suspect appear guilty. In most cases a DUI is only a misdemeanor offense whereas evidence tampering is a felony. Other common charges related to DUI cases is evading police or resisting arrest. These can also result in felony charges.

For example, earlier in the month police attempted to pull over a man in Hawaiian Gardens who they believed may have been intoxicated. Instead of stopping, 25 year old David Morales lead police on a chase that lasted 10 minutes and ended with sparks shooting out from his car as he attempted to drive on the rims after his tires were blown out. Once he was apprehended, he was charged with suspicion of DUI and felony evading.

The moral of these stories is to never try and escape a DUI arrest, even if you know you are guilty. If you cooperate and know your rights, you will be able to contact an attorney right away who can help you. Every charge is defensible and your best shot at beating DUI charges is to fight them in court, not to escape them by avoiding arrest.

About the Author

Troy Slaten

Troy Slaten is the managing attorney for Floyd, Skeren & Kelly's Criminal Defense practice. He graduated with honors from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He then went on to earn his law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law.


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