December 5, 2023
Metropolis Legal professional Mara Elliot. Picture by Chis Stone

Metropolis Legal professional Mara W. Elliott introduced a 50 p.c improve in funding from the California Workplace of Visitors Security for a specialised group of drugged and alcohol-impaired-driving prosecutors inside her workplace.

The Metropolis Legal professional’s Workplace will obtain a $410,000 grant to handle an anticipated massive improve in drugged and alcohol-impaired-driving testing by the Sheriff’s Crime Lab. Funding runs by way of September 2024.

“The preventable crime of driving drunk or medication or the mix of alcohol and medicines stays a pervasive concern in our group,” says San Diego Metropolis Legal professional Mara W. Elliott. “This grant supplies extra sources we are going to use to carry accountable those that drive whereas below the affect of marijuana or prescription remedy. That is the simplest method to save lives.”

Elliott says there’s an absence of public understanding round medication and drunk-driving legal guidelines. Even with out alcohol, the usage of marijuana or prescribed drugs (significantly these with a warning to chorus from driving or working equipment) can result in a driving below the affect (DUI) arrest and conviction.

Due to the OTS grant funding within the earlier yr, the Metropolis Legal professional’s specialised prosecution group reviewed 272 misdemeanor circumstances of driving below the affect of medicine or a mix of alcohol and medicines. General, the Metropolis Legal professional’s Workplace reviewed roughly 2,479 DUI circumstances and filed 2,040 DUI circumstances throughout that interval.

The San Diego Metropolis Legal professional’s Workplace Prison Division is answerable for processing and reviewing misdemeanor driving below the affect (DUI) arrest reviews occurring inside the Metropolis of San Diego, the Metropolis of Poway, and the unincorporated space generally known as 4S Ranch.  The Metropolis Legal professional’s Workplace prosecutes circumstances generated by greater than 15 legislation enforcement businesses, which submit circumstances to the Sheriff’s Crime Lab and the San Diego Police Division Crime Lab.  The Sheriff’s Crime Lab not too long ago introduced plans to check all DUI samples for medication and alcohol.

Drugged driving circumstances might be tough to prosecute – even following a optimistic take a look at – attributable to public misconceptions about marijuana and prescription medicines. Profitable DUI drug and alcohol prosecutions require a correct understanding of the indicators of drugged driving impairment, possible protection arguments, and familiarity with drug toxicology.

The educated Drug DUI Prosecution Unit inside the Metropolis Legal professional’s Workplace handles these advanced circumstances all through every step of the legal course of. One Deputy Metropolis Legal professional is in control of every case, from arrest by way of conviction and sentencing. Prosecutors work to safe convictions and acceptable sentences that mirror the general public security danger the offender poses, mentor trial attorneys on easy methods to efficiently strive high-risk DUI offenders, and host quarterly roundtable conferences with legislation enforcement personnel.