December 2, 2023
MADD San Diego honors prosecutors, victims advocates, law enforcement officials and deputies annually. Right here an award is handed out in 2022. Photograph credit score: Display screen shot:

Two members of the District Legal professional’s Workplace have been honored by Moms Towards Drunk Driving (MADD) at an annual MADD San Diego ceremony.

On the occasion, the Legislation Enforcement and Prosecutor Recognition Awards, held Thursday on the Balboa Park Recital Corridor, Deputy District Legal professional Hailey Williams was named Prosecutor of the Yr for her work within the D.A.’s DUI Murder Unit.

Sufferer Advocate Shanda Torres acquired the Excellent Advocate Award for her work with victims of DUI circumstances.

“Prosecutors like Hailey are serving to to ship a degree of justice for the victims and their households, together with the compassionate help of sufferer advocates like Shanda,” District Legal professional Summer season Stephan mentioned. “I’m very proud to have them each on our workforce and I do know that (every) award may be very well-deserved.”

In 2022, the DUI Murder Unit prosecuted 27 circumstances; thus far in 2023, there have been eight circumstances.

Williams began prosecuting DUI homicides in 2019, when she was assigned to help the unit because the numbers of native DUI-related deaths have been rising. She can also be a part of the coaching workforce for brand new Deputy D.A.s, organizing and presenting a day-long workshop on DUIs to new lessons. 

Torres was nominated for her potential to help with Spanish-speaking households whereas being a useful useful resource for MADD, responding promptly to the group’s inquires about circumstances.  

The opposite MADD award recipients:

  • Deputy Metropolis Legal professional Ryan Harris of the San Diego Metropolis Legal professional’s Workplace, who additionally was named Prosecutor of the Yr; 
  • Chief Deputy Metropolis Legal professional Kristen Foster, additionally of the Metropolis Legal professional’s Workplace, one other MADD Excellent Advocate; 
  • Sgt. Brian Pennings, and officers Juan Escobar, Gilberto Jacobo and Jake Sanchez of the California Freeway Patrol in San Diego, all awarded for Excellent Company Dedication;
  • San Diego law enforcement officials Joseph Cabrales and Anthony Carrasco, El Centro police Officer Daniel Valencia and La Mesa police Officer Jesse Neumeister, all honored with the Excellent Rookie Award;
  • Carlsbad law enforcement officials Tyler Hubka, who made 101 DUI arrests, and Ricardo Huerta, who made 125 DUI arrests, and San Diego County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Malson, who made 115 DUI arrests, acquired the MADD Century Award, and
  • Escondido police Officer Timothy Hamilton, who made 212 DUI arrests, was named MADD’s High Cop.