Enjoying Gaslamp District, downtown, beach or inland area of San Diego county California, then the lights come on. You’ve had some alcohol but thought you were ok. Now you may have hire a lawyer to defend your DUI.
In Santa Barbara, California, a DUI officer makes a drunk driving arrest, then filed false information about the 2011 events. California’s DMV had a license suspension action regarding whether Peter Lance’s license will be suspended. The DUI officer’s lie falls on the lap of the hearing officer, for consideration as a basis for a finding in the decision. Ultimately, upon motion of a prominent criminal defense attorney, the DUI was dismissed on constitutional grounds.
Now in Los Angeles, a false DUI report precedes a felony complaint and two LAPD officers may face almost 5 years in prison.
The Los Angeles Police Department case is different from the Santa Barbara Police Department case. In LA, the district attorney filed charges against the officers who filed false DUI report. In Santa Barbara, its police chief is allegedly allowing heads roll when officer conduct falls outside the law.
LAPD DUI officers Craig Allen and Phillip Walters face perjury and filing a false police officer’s arrest report after allegedly falsely claiming they contacted a California driver during a DUI checkpoint almost 2 years ago.
The police officers were on motorcycles when another requested they respond to a traffic stop, which they did, fifteen minutes later.
However, in a written report, Officer Allen allegedly wrote that he observed the driver fail to stop at 2 different stop signs and that he made the traffic stop.
Officer Walters, at a February 2011 DMV administrative hearing regarding the person’s license, testified under oath that he also observed the driver fail to stop at two different stop signs and that he was with Officer Allen when they stopped and arrested the driver.
The prosecuting attorney says the actual facts of the case apparently do not correspond to the officers’ reported representations of the DUI case.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck stated one of the officers was fired over the claims, while the other likely will be terminated after an upcoming administrative hearing.