On Monday, three people appeared at the Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach and were told by a judge that they can't drive. After leaving the courthouse, they allegedly got in their vehicles to drive away. They didn't get very far.
Deputies set up a sting just outside the courthouse to catch DUI suspects who had recently been ordered by judges not to drive. According to a press release from Orange County Sheriff's Department officials, deputies were staked out specifically to catch these types of offenders.
The release read, "Offenders were followed by deputies from courtrooms to their vehicles to ensure that they were not driving. While some offenders complied with the law and had alternate means of transportation, three individuals in court proceeded to get behind the wheel and drive away from the court house."
People arrested during this sting could face penalties such as:
- Additional jail time,
- Court fees,
- Lengthened driver's license suspension,
- Lost wages (for time taken off work), and more.
This is not the first time deputies have set up a sting like this. The Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry reported on similar stings in February 2010, December 2010, and December 2013. The sting last December resulted in five arrests, two more than the most recent sting.
If you were arrested at one of these stings, or are facing enhanced penalties due to an arrest for driving on a suspended license, contact The Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry today.