By: Wallin & Klarich

A recent press release from the California Highway Patrol announced that the agency has received a federal grant to arrest DUI drivers with outstanding warrants for failure to appear in court on DUI charges, or failure to pay fines or show proof of completion of other requirements imposed by the court after a DUI conviction.

The CHP press release described how every year individuals are arrested for DUI and enter the legal process and that some individuals either fail to appear in court or fail to pay fines associated with DUI offenses. As a result, arrest warrants are issued for these individuals. However, sometimes these warrants are not served in a timely manner allowing the violators to avoid justice until they’re apprehended.

The CHP has indicated that, in order to assure that proper attention is given to outstanding DUI felony and misdemeanor warrants, the CHP has launched a major anti-DUI crackdown through a new federal grant entitled “Stop DUI II.” This grant will allow the CHP to take an aggressive approach to reduce the number of outstanding DUI warrants by establishing teams of officers for the specific purpose of serving outstanding DUI warrants.

California Highway Patrol officers will serve these warrants and arrest the individuals who have been evading the law. The grant’s focus is on CHP’s Valley, Golden Gate and Southern Divisions and extends through December 31, 2008.

Funding for this program was provided by a $250,000 grant through the state Office of Traffic Safety, from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

If you have failed to appear in court relating to a California DUI offense, the Court has likely issued a warrant for your arrest, and, with this grant to the CHP, it is only a matter of time before you will be accosted at your home or place of work by uniformed officers looking to arrest you on the warrant and take you to county jail.

If you want to save yourself the shock, expense and embarrassment of being arrested in front of your family, neighbors, or co-workers, contact Wallin & Klarich right away for assistance. Our firm has 30 years of experience in helping people to get arrest warrants lifted so that they no longer have to live in fear wondering each day whether this will be “the day” when their luck will run out and they will be arrested by the police. In some cases, our firm has even been able to get the warrant recalled without the client ever having to appear in court or at a police station so call us to see if we can make similar arrangements in your case. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can start putting our 30 years of experience to work for you.

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