Santa Ana, CA — Last Wednesday, it was announced that the Orange County Sheriff’s Department had received $330,620 in grant money from the California Office of Traffic Safety or OTS in order to decrease the number of traffic accidents on Orange County roadways. Among the dangerous behaviors that the department intends to target with new special enforcement tools is DUI, particularly when it comes to keeping track of multiple offenders.
Following shortly after this news was Saturday’s arrest of Herbert Calderon Granados, 23, on suspicion of DUI after a three-vehicle collision that killed an 18-year-old boy in Santa Ana. According to a police statement, Granados, who was driving a Lexus with four passengers, ran a red light and struck a Honda, which was knocked into a Chevrolet pickup.
One of the passengers in the Honda, Roberto Rubio, 18, was killed, and the passengers in Granados’ Lexus were taken to UCI Medical Center to be treated for injuries. Police say that Granados was driving on a license that had been suspended after a previous DUI conviction. The Santa Ana PD Collision Investigation Unit is still looking into the incident.
Though not connected to the special enforcement tactics that will be paid for by the OTS grant, it is important to note that the suspect in this case could face much stiffer penalties if he is convicted as a repeat DUI offender. In the Sheriff’s Department’s press release about the grant, they stated that they will use part of the money to increase the number of DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols that they carry out and to target repeat DUI offenders with warrant service as well as compiling “Hot Sheets” to identify the “worst-of-the-worst DUI offenders.”
The aggressive tactics used by law enforcement agencies and prosecutors mean that anyone who has been charged with a DUI needs strong legal representation. At the Law Office of Michael L. Guisti, our experienced Orange County criminal defense attorneys know the best courtroom strategies for fighting DUI charges. Whether it is your first time being charged with a DUI or you have prior convictions, we can advise you on the best course of action throughout the process of an investigation and trial.
We work closely with Orange County’s courts and law enforcement agencies so we know how best to help our clients fight criminal charges or strike deals with prosecutors. In fact, in our 16 years practicing law in Southern California, we’ve helped hundreds of clients by having the charges against them reduced or dismissed. We know how difficult it is to face criminal charges and we do everything in our power to help our clients tackle their legal issues so that they can keep their lives on track.
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So if you’ve been charged with a crime in Anaheim, Westminster, Orange, Huntington Beach or elsewhere in Orange County, call the Law Office of Michael L. Guisti at (714) 707-2797 for a free consolation or click the contact us link above.
Earley, Christopher and Chris Haire. “Santa Ana man killed in three-vehicle crash.” https://www.ocregister.com/2014/10/29/friends-family-mourn-santa-ana-teen-killed-in-suspected-dui-crash/” Orange County Register. October 26, 2014.
“Orange County Sheriff’s Department Receives Grant for Special Traffic Enforcement and Crash Prevention.” Orange County Sheriff’s Department. October 22, 2014.