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Fourth of July DUI Defense, Ventura State Beach

by Jennifer Zide - Attorney

July 3rd, 2013

Your Ventura DUI Attorney Reveals the Best Defense for your DUI at Ventura Beach This Fourth of July: What You Need to Know From Surf Rodeo to Surf Brewery


It’s a beautiful sparkling day at Ventura State beach. You’re getting in position to enjoy the music stages set up on the sand, the view of fireworks from the dunes, maybe even July’s Surf Rodeo, or stopping by the Social Tap at the End of Seaward in Ventura. In short, you’re enjoying a day with your toes in the sand, a cold beer in your hand, life is good. Or is it? There are a couple things you need to know to keep you in the swim of things this summer. First, contrary to popular belief, whether you are at Ventura State Beach, Emma Wood, or Pierpont,  a state park ranger  who believes you may be DUI at Ventura State Beach has full authority to stop you when driving, just like any a Ventura police department officer on patrol. If stopped by a park ranger near the end of Seaward this summer or skirting the edge of the state park, treat them just like you would any police officer in the same situation,: do not speak to them, even if it is tempting as you try to explain that you are feeling fine or doing nothing wrong. The less information you provide in your case, the better position you will be in for your defense.


As your DUI Defense attorney in Ventura, we critically examine all the evidence gathered in your case to undermine the case against you – from the stop itself, to the first observations, to field sobriety and test results. Often there are issues including margin for error, sample contamination, problems with the field sobriety tests, and officer error, that we can exploit to your advantage. Also, when there is a lack of information, especially as to drinking pattern, your forensic toxicology specialist can explain that is scientifically impossible to offer a reliable opinion as to blood alcohol content at the time of driving.


“Rising Blood Alcohol” is a specific scenario that can easily occur when you are stopped very soon after leaving a bar, whether it be the Watermark downtown Ventura, Social Tap Seaward, or even a beer garden at Surf Rodeo, Ventura beach. Especially if it is a situation where you have just had a last drink right before driving, you may have what is termed a “rising blood alcohol” defense. In that kind of scenario involving  recent drinking, drinking right before driving, you are actually not at .08% the legal limit at the time of driving, even though later at the time of your final breath or blood test result you may be. When it comes to this kind of scenario, scientific evidence interpreted by our experienced forensic toxicology specialist is crucial. Further, our expert investigators, each with extensive law enforcement training and experience, can reconstruct the events of that night that led up to your stop, including interviewing bartenders and other witnesses, to help credibly establish your actual drinking pattern. Similarly, a lack of full, complete or accurate information as to drinking pattern in the police report, or inconsistencies in the officer’s documentation of drinking pattern in your police report, and/or problems with the machine and other factors, can all be used to point out that the test result  in your case is not truly reflective of your blood alcohol content at the time of driving.


If you are charged with DUI at Ventura State Beach this summer, it’s no picnic, but it doesn’t have to be the end of the road for your summer fun. At the Law Office of Jennifer Zide, we are here to aggressively defend you as your Ventura DUI lawyer. To discuss the specifics of your particular case in your free initial consultation, call us at (805) 477-0327 or send us a question off the website at, where we’re always on your side.