California Highway Patrol officials have arrested a man for driving under the influence of alcohol and possession of an explosive device on a public highway in Ventura County. According to a news report in the Camarillo Acorn, CHP officials arrested James Thomas Jacquez, 41, whom they stopped as he was traveling north on the 101 Freeway in Camarillo near Del Norte Boulevard. Jacquez was initially arrested for DUI in Ventura County, but officials later checked his vehicle and found an object under the driver’s seat, which they say, is an explosive device. The Ventura County Bomb Squad determined that the device was a homemade bomb and took it away for safe disposal.
Ventura County drunk driving charges can be misdemeanors or felonies depending on the nature of the circumstances and whether anyone other than the drunk driver was injured or killed as a result of the DUI accident. If there was no accident and the driver was stopped because of erratic driving or other suspicions, the driver could face a misdemeanor DUI. However, in this case, the driver was also charged with possession of an explosive device, which is a serious allegation.
Whether you are facing felony or misdemeanor charges or DUI charges, please contact Ventura County skilled DUI defense attorneys at Sitkoff & Hanrahan to find out more about your legal rights and options. We will fight your charges, conduct a thorough and independent investigation of your case to gather beneficial evidence and represent you at court and the DMV administrative hearing. Your ability to keep your driving privilege and earn a living could depend on the caliber of criminal defense attorney you retain in your DUI case. Call us today at 866-299-4111 for a free case evaluation.