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Revenue Shortages Cause Policy Changes In DUI Prosecutions

Revenue shortages continue to plague California’s judicial system—a phenomena bringing both good news and bad news to those facing DUI charges for allegedly driving under the influence.

The good news for individuals accused of violating California Vehicle Code sections 23152(a) (driving under the influence) and 23152(b) (driving with a .08 percent or higher alcohol content), is that many District Attorney offices have been forced to cut back on salaried prosecutors, relying instead on inexperienced volunteers from civil firms looking for trial experience.  Furthermore, cutbacks on clerk staffing for courtrooms and court commissioners has further clogged the system and is forcing judges and prosecutors to be more flexible with plea and sentencing offers.

The bad news is increased pecuniary assessments are being added to fines, and law enforcement agencies making more frequent demands for purported “emergency response costs.”

If you wish to consult with a DUI defense lawyer in Northern California, call Board-Certified DUI defense attorney Paul Burglin at (415) 453-0534, or visit his website at

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Paul Burglin practices DUI defense in the San Francisco Bay Area including the Napa/Sonoma wine country. He has been specializing in DUI defense for more 35 years After graduating from U.C. Berkeley in 1980, Mr. Burglin received his law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law in Washington. He is Board Certified in DUI Defense (as approved by the American Bar Association) and co-authors the two-volume treatise, "California Drunk Driving Law." He is past Dean of the National College of DUI Defense ( and is Editor-in-Chief of its case law update and newsletter. He is one of only a select few of DUI defense attorneys in the United States to have attended the University of Indiana’s Borkenstein Course on chemical testing and scientific protocols offered to prosecution experts, and he is a certified graduate of that program. He has been selected to the 2021 Northern California Super Lawyers list and is A-V rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

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