Law Firm of Aaron Bortel


Marin County Supervisor Damon Connolly Sentenced In DUI Case

News Source: Connolly was sentenced in his DUI case after pleading guilty Friday to driving with more than .08 percent of alcohol in his blood in December. He has to pay $1,983 in fines and fees and complete about 64 hours of community service. The Marin County DA’s Office during a hearing in Marin Superior Court dismissed a charge of driving under the influence in exchange for Connolly’s guilty plea to the .08 percent charge. Connolly was represented by… Read More

Marin Supervisor: Damon Connolly Arrested In DUI Hit And Run

News Source: In December, Damon Connolly, supervisor of Marin County, California has apologized for driving under the influence (of alcohol or drugs). Aaron Bortel, Connolly’s defense attorney, has not conceded and asked for more time to prepare his case. According to him, in DUI cases it takes time to gather all relevant pieces of evidence, and we are on it. In respond to Connolly’s defense argument, his next hearing has been scheduled for March 1 for 9 a.m. Aaron… Read More

Suspected Drunk Driver Arrested After Wrong-Way Fatal Highway Crash

24-year-old Zachary Katz, a suspected drunk driver, was taken into custody Saturday morning for causing an accident which took the life of an individual. The accident happened on Highway 101 in South San Francisco at about 3:50 a.m. as Katz was driving the wrong way. One person died and 2 others sustained injuries. Katz also suffered serious injuries due to which he was sent to a hospital after being arrested. Katz was behind the wheel of an Infiniti sedan going… Read More

Motorcyclist Accused Of DUI Lost Part Of Foot In Crash But Kept On Riding

On Thursday night, a motorcyclist who was riding a bike while intoxicated got involved in an accident and lost part of his foot but kept on riding. According to CHP, the motorcyclist crashed into a big truck and as he was under the influence of alcohol, he was not aware that he lost a part of his foot. The person behind the wheel of the truck saw the blood on the side of the truck and told the cops. After… Read More

Three People Killed In A Multi-Car Crash That Took Place On A Major San Francisco Bay Highway

FREMONT, Calif. – 3 individuals lost their lives in a multi-car crash that was caused by a person behind the wheel who was driving under the influence of marijuana. 21-year-old Nguyen Hai Tran caused the crash and he was taken into custody for suspicion of driving under the influence of marijuana. The offender was charged for gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. On Wednesday, victims were identified by the Alameda County Coroner’s office as 14-year-old Christy Limas and 9-year-old Brooke Limas…. Read More

Man On Horse Arrested For DUI After Trampling Boy

COLUSA – Armando Martinez Ruiz, who trampled a boy during the Colusa Fair Parade, has been taken into custody on suspicion of DUI. On 8th of June, the horse which Ruiz was riding left a boy with serious injuries after Ruiz was thrown on the ground. The horse dragged him but he didn’t succeed in regaining control. The boy who suffered injuries was among those sitting on the side of the road and enjoying the parade. In California, DUI laws… Read More

Oakley Man Arrested For DUI After Injuring Four In Antioch Crash

ANTIOCH – On Wednesday, a 27 year-old Oakley man was taken into custody for causing an accident while driving impaired that left 4 individuals severely injured, including a 5-year-old. The cops were alerted around 8:14 a.m. about the 3-car collision that occurred on E 18th Street near Viera Ave. When they approached the accident spot, they found 3 damaged cars and 4 individuals with severe injuries. The Oakley man was driving at a high rate of speed and was travelling… Read More

65-Year-Old Woman Arrested In Sebastopol For Felony DUI

SEBASTOPOL – On Sunday, 65-year-old Lopa Roy was taken into custody for a felony DUI that left 2 individuals with non-life threatening injuries. Police were reported about the accident around 5:09 p.m. and the location was Bodega Avenue and Ragle Road. Roy was driving under the influence of alcohol. Her vehicle came in the way of a Toyota and struck it. The person behind the wheel and a passenger in the Toyota sustained injuries. Roy was also taken to hospital… Read More

Santa Rosa Man Arrested On Monday For 3rd DUI Since May

SANTA ROSA – On Monday, 23-year-old Israel Orozco Castellanos was taken into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol for the third time since May. According to CHP Officer Jon Sloat, Castellanos was found unconscious by the cops around 1:30 p.m. in the driver’s seat of a Ford Mustang. The passenger door of the vehicle was open and Castellanos was holding a bottle of beer in his hand when the cops approached his car. The location was… Read More

22-year-old Santa Rosa man arrested for fatal Hit-and-Run and DUI

ROHNERT PARK – 22-year-old Gyvaughn Smith was taken into custody on Thursday on suspicion of DUI and a fatal hit-and-run collision with a bicyclist which left him dead in Sonoma County. The accident happened at 4:40 a.m. and the location was Stony Point Road, north of Millbrae Avenue near Rohnert Park. He left the accident spot and the cops found him driving his Jeep Liberty 25 minutes later on Stony Point Road near Sebastopol Road. Smith’s vehicle was not the… Read More