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Are San Marcos DUI arrests by Campus Police legal?

On Behalf of | Oct 28, 2013

DUI arrests by Cal State San Marcos University Police are legal, they usually make the stop and arrest within in the University area.  City Police, County Sheriffs, California State University police and CHP are all state peace officers and can make stops and arrests anywhere in the state.  However, University police have their primary jurisdiction around the University area, but are state peace officers and authorized to make arrests in anywhere California.

Usually the University police make stops and arrests within an area of a mile of the campus.  The do not have as much experience in dealing with “drunk drivers” as other Police Departments, but if they do everything properly, they still can make arrests that result in convictions.  There may be issues as to their training and experience in the field as well as with the breathlyzer.  Many times they will call in a Sheriff or CHP to complete the arrest after the detention.  It is always important to set the DMV hearing if the officer takes your license and gives you a pink notice of suspension and temporary license.  Issues concerning the Campus police can be explored at the DMV hearing as well as challenging the suspension.

There can be issues with University police stops, arrests and testing.  It is important to closely look at all facets of the University Police actions and if there is a questionable stop or testing, to use it for leverage in negotiating lesser charges or penalties.  Christoph Law offices are located directly across from the Vista Courts and have handled over 300 DUI cases over more than 30 years in Vista.  Free consultations are available by calling 760-670-3885.



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