A specialised prosecution group inside the Fresno County District Lawyer’s workplace that focuses solely on DUI circumstances will proceed to develop due to a $505,500 grant.
“On the charge that our workplace filed circumstances final yr, it was sufficient in one in every of each 200 folks in Fresno County was arrested for and had a case filed for driving underneath the affect,” mentioned Deputy DA Steven Ueltzen.
The grant from the California Workplace of Site visitors Security is double the quantity the company obtained final yr.
The cash will assist broaden this system whereas permitting the DA’s workplace to extra aggressively prosecute DUI circumstances.
“We’ve got had a constant downside in Fresno County with driving impaired and inflicting accidents,” Uteltzen mentioned. “This permits us to dedicate fairly actually twice the sources to that prosecution.”
The grant additionally permits the specialised prosecution group to work with native legislation enforcement businesses to higher handle driving impaired circumstances — which officers say they’ve seen an uptick in all through the pandemic.
“It helps us, since COVID and what’s gone on the final 18 months there’s such a backlog over on the DA’s workplace attempting to get these crimes prosecuted and get folks by means of the system,” says Fresno Police Sgt. Mark Van Wyhe.
Fresno Police say the aim is to not solely implement the legal guidelines but additionally educate the general public and get offenders again into society safely.
“They made a poor selection, they made a foul resolution and hopefully they study from it. We will get them again, get a license for them, get them insured and curb this conduct and alter the way in which folks assume and this may assist get again on monitor,” mentioned Van Wyhe.
The earlier grant, which ran from October of final yr by means of this September, supported the prosecution group’s submitting of 148 DUI circumstances, together with 18 DUI drug and alcohol mixture circumstances.
“What might have generally in circumstances take as much as three to 5 years to get to a decision, we’re hoping to place our foot on the gasoline pedal on these circumstances,” mentioned Ueltzen.
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