Those arrested for DUI in El Dorado County, especially repeat offenders and those involved in fatal or injury crashes, can expect to face highly trained, specialized prosecutors, thanks to a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety. The $344,003.00 grant to the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office will fund a Vertical Prosecution team that will work cases from arrest through sentencing.
El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson commented “This is the second year we have utilized the Vertical Prosecution Grant and it has been very effective in our county. The Grant allows us to fund a highly trained and sophisticated team of professionals to vertically prosecute repeat DUI offenders. If you decide to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol in El Dorado County our Vertical Prosecution Team is fully prepared to hold you accountable for your actions”.
The new prosecution team will handle felony DUI and complex misdemeanor DUI cases throughout each step of the criminal process, prosecuting both alcohol and drug-impaired driving cases. In fatal and major injury DUI vehicle collisions, members of the team may even start by going to the crash scene to be part of the investigation.
Prosecution team members will work with the State’s Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor Program to increase the capabilities of the team and the office by obtaining and delivering specialized training, including training in the emerging problem of drug-impaired driving. Team members will share information with peers and law enforcement personnel throughout the county and across the state.
The purpose of the program is to prevent impaired driving and reduce alcohol and drug-impaired traffic fatalities and injuries. Last year / in 2012 there were 6 deaths and 63 serious injuries as a result of DUI crashes in the County.
Funding for the program comes from a grant by the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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