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San Diego criminal defense lawyer Allen Robert Bloom, 61, was convicted of two DUI counts by a jury in the Vista courthouse on January 19.

Deputy Andrew E. Dvorak testified that he could smell vomit as he approached the green Jaguar parked at the side of Palm Canyon Drive in Borrego Springs, after 1 a.m. on October 9, 2011. The driver’s door was open and projected into traffic lanes, the deputy said, and he claimed to see vomit on the roadway, in the door jamb, and on the interior carpet of the car. Also on view was Bloom, apparently asleep with his head back and the car keys on the seat between his thighs, according to testimony of the deputy and CHP officer James Peterson, who arrived to assist.

Bloom was transported to a sheriff’s station in Ramona. His blood alcohol level tested at .10 percent two hours after he was discovered in his car. Bloom’s defense attorney, Vikas Bajaj, suggested that a female companion whom Bloom had been seen with earlier had been driving the car before she wandered away into the desert.

After a three-day misdemeanor trial, the jury deliberated for less than five hours before declaring Bloom guilty of both misdemeanor DUI counts he was charged with.

Judge Katz sentenced Bloom to five years of unsupervised probation, gave him a $1942 fine, and ordered him complete a first-conviction DUI program.

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anniej Jan. 24, 2012 @ 4:40 p.m.

is this the attorney that was at the arraignment of arlie ricasa, acting as her temporary defense attorney?


Taschentucher Jan. 24, 2012 @ 6:31 p.m.

ewww, you're right!

quote: 'Ricasa, an administrator at Southwestern College, was placed on paid leave after the criminal charges were filed. Her lawyer said Ricasa does not plan to step down from the Sweetwater board.

“She is going to (serve) exactly the way she has done up to this point, which is effective and thorough and in a completely unbiased and fair way,” defense attorney Allen Bloom said outside court.'


anniej Jan. 24, 2012 @ 11:41 p.m.

lets hope she does not serve EXACTLY the way she has done up to this point.

the union tribune released a comment from said attorney regarding ricasa, "she is going to have to use up her childrens college fund" - hmmm, she sure did not mind using up sweetwater's children' s educational dollars for her own daughters benefit, i.e. a scholarship by a contractor. she sure did not mind going out to dine, on our dime, with 'the gandara' over 90 times. she sure did not mind using our tax dollars to pay a $500 bev mo bill. and now she wants us to feel sorry for her. i am sorry i do not. while i get no satisfaction from her pain, my sentiments for the the students of the south bay are my main focus.

for her children, yes, i do - i am sorry that they are the innocent victims in all of this.

rather than own up to it - she has her family show up at her indictment wearing pink i love arlie buttons - defending her. now i can understand supporting her, but defending her? it is time for her to take responsibility for her actions - STEP DOWN - NOW

we still remember how she cried when 'the gandara' was fired that night - now we understand why.


savesweetwater Jan. 26, 2012 @ 8:05 a.m.

As a taxpayer I don't want to pay for any of the Sweetwater 5's attorney's fees. But I REALLY don't want to pay this slime ball anything.

And can we get some follow up on this:

"suggested that a female companion whom Bloom had been seen with earlier had been driving the car before she wandered away into the desert."

Really? What happened to her? Is she still wandering around in the desert? Which seat in the car was Bloom in? This all has the makings of a great mystery novel...


Eva Knott Feb. 8, 2012 @ 9:20 a.m.

Allen Bloom was found reclined in the driver's seat. The alleged female companion did not come in to testify during trial, so we did not learn details from her about the evening and our court photographer Nick Morris did not have opportunity to photograph her. Posted by Eva Knott.


nicolae May 31, 2012 @ 2:19 p.m.

A good attorney in this cases could save you from a lot of troubles. I also saw many fraud cases with people geting out of charges after hiring a great investment fraud attorney.


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