The Tijuana border crossings at the San Ysidro POE and Otay Mesa POE are the busiest international border crossings in the world! Over 90,000 persons cross the Mexico border into the U.S. daily.
San Diego is a Navy town with Camp Pendleton. Miramar, North Island and NTC complete with its own medical center. San Diego is also a college town with some of the best schools in the nation in USD, UCSD and SDSU. So it is no secret that many sailors, marines and students head down to Tijuana and Revolution Avenue for a night of partying and dancing. It is what young people do! Also, there are many people, including my in-laws, that will go down to Rosorito or Ensenada to meet with extended family members to celebrate on occasion.
That means that many people will cross the border and are asked to make a declaration to the Customs Officer about where they have been and what is there citizenship. Lately, it seems the officers have begun asking if people were dining, if the answer is yes, the next question is something like “you had some drinks then, didn’t you?” Many people are honest and answer affirmative. Admitting that you had something to drink may prompt the Customs Agent to “detain” you and call a CHP officer over to secondary to give you a series of field sobriety tests which may eventually lead to your arrest.
All of these Border DUI cases go to the Southbay Court House at 500 3rd. Ave, Chula Vista, CA 91910 across the street from San Diego Defenders at 585 3rd. Ave, Chula Vista, CA 91910. DUI lawyers Dan Smith and Jon Pettis will leave no stone unturned when defending alleged drunk drivers at the border. It is important to challenge the nexus or connection between the Customs “detention” of the client and the probable cause for the arrest by the CHP officer. You can call San Diego Defenders and be connected to attorney Dan Smith 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (619) 258-8888.