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California bar shines spotlight on attorneys caught drinking and driving

Two San Diego County lawyers have gotten a public reproval from the California bar, both for drunken driving.

According to the report by the bar, Richard James Schneiders of Carlsbad was reported October 4, 2013, by a person who said "a reckless driver was driving a silver Honda on the wrong side of the road, drove over a curve [sic], drove in circles in the roadway, then pulled into a Shell gas station." The police found the car was still in drive and was touching a guardrail, which kept the car from going forward.

The officer woke Schneiders, "whose eyes were watery, unfocused, and whose speech was slurred," according to the bar report. Schneiders "denied drinking and would not cooperate with field sobriety tests." There was one open bottle of vodka, one empty bottle of vodka, and two empty beer cans in the car. At the police station, Schneiders' blood alcohol level was found to be 0.30 percent. He had a previous conviction of driving with 0.08 percent or more blood alcohol level. He was placed on formal probation for five years, ordered to install a location-monitoring device, and given home detention for 90 days.

On October 13, 2013, David Raymond Preston of San Diego accelerated and drove into the front of a Wine and Spirits store while trying to park his vehicle. Police arrived and noticed the odor of alcohol and "blood-shot, glazed and glassy eyes, and slurred and mumbled speech," according to the bar report.

Preston admitted to drinking "a couple of beers and glasses of wine." Asked if he remembered the crash, Preston stated, "Yeah, I think I kind of accelerated. Did I do okay?" He flunked the field sobriety test and was arrested for driving under the influence. His breath test was 0.25 percent. He was on probation for a previous driving under the influence conviction until May 24, 2017. He has had one other such conviction, too.

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Two San Diego County lawyers have gotten a public reproval from the California bar, both for drunken driving.

According to the report by the bar, Richard James Schneiders of Carlsbad was reported October 4, 2013, by a person who said "a reckless driver was driving a silver Honda on the wrong side of the road, drove over a curve [sic], drove in circles in the roadway, then pulled into a Shell gas station." The police found the car was still in drive and was touching a guardrail, which kept the car from going forward.

The officer woke Schneiders, "whose eyes were watery, unfocused, and whose speech was slurred," according to the bar report. Schneiders "denied drinking and would not cooperate with field sobriety tests." There was one open bottle of vodka, one empty bottle of vodka, and two empty beer cans in the car. At the police station, Schneiders' blood alcohol level was found to be 0.30 percent. He had a previous conviction of driving with 0.08 percent or more blood alcohol level. He was placed on formal probation for five years, ordered to install a location-monitoring device, and given home detention for 90 days.

On October 13, 2013, David Raymond Preston of San Diego accelerated and drove into the front of a Wine and Spirits store while trying to park his vehicle. Police arrived and noticed the odor of alcohol and "blood-shot, glazed and glassy eyes, and slurred and mumbled speech," according to the bar report.

Preston admitted to drinking "a couple of beers and glasses of wine." Asked if he remembered the crash, Preston stated, "Yeah, I think I kind of accelerated. Did I do okay?" He flunked the field sobriety test and was arrested for driving under the influence. His breath test was 0.25 percent. He was on probation for a previous driving under the influence conviction until May 24, 2017. He has had one other such conviction, too.

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And the point? Don, there are those in every walk of life that have problems with alcohol or drugs it is just a fact of life. I will say this that I want my lawyer to drive something better than a Honda.

Dec. 4, 2014

AlexClarke: Good lawyers don't have to be rich. There are excellent, public-spirited lawyers who work to help the poor obtain justice. Often, such lawyers work pro bono. Best, Don Bauder

Dec. 4, 2014

don bauder the correct spelling is Schnieders.

Dec. 4, 2014

danfogel: Rechecked bar records. You are correct. Best, Don Bauder

Dec. 4, 2014

Very true!

Dec. 4, 2014

AlexClarke: Mea maxima culpa. Best, Don Bauder

Dec. 4, 2014

..."whose eyes were watery, unfocused, and whose speech was slurred,"... "blood-shot, glazed and glassy eyes, and slurred and mumbled speech,"

Don, those are canned phrases in the software program that creates the police reports for DUI's. It would be too much trouble for the police to actually write what they actually saw, or even if they could articulate it. These software report programs are designed to compensate for the lack of literacy, vocabulary and completeness of the officers "investigation."

I don't advocate drunk driving, but I also don't appreciate lazy policing. Something original from the officer would be appreciated rather than clicking boxes and using boilerplate. This dumbing down of policing is exactly a symptom of what the country is witnessing in the current police state forgiveness in grand jury cases.

Dec. 4, 2014

Ponzi: Good points. The cases in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City are extremely disturbing. They point out the weakness of police procedures, as well as the legal procedures after a cop kills a person -- so often an African-American. It will be interesting to see what happens in Cleveland.

This is the time for a revolution on these questions -- not just deep introspection, but a revolution that forces change. It is horrifying to see some politicians and journalists trying to defend what happened in Ferguson and Staten Island. Best, Don Bauder

Dec. 5, 2014

I would prefer that the Cop not use his Theasaurus, and go catch another drunk.

Dec. 6, 2014

Not "TMI," but NEI. There is far too much generalization and not enough specific information.

Still, I'm reminded of Lincoln's remark upon being told that Grant was a drunk. "Find out what his brand (of whisky) is, and send all my generals a case." Luckily, they didn't have cars in those days.

Dec. 15, 2014

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