California state senator faces DUI charges

A state senator was recently arrested on drunk driving charges in California. In this case, the man -- Ben Hueso from San Diego -- legally remains innocent of the DUI charges filed against him unless and until the government can actually prove his guilt according to the strict standards of our criminal justice system. His arrest took place on a Friday morning, authorities said.

The man was taken into custody after 2 a.m. and was taken to jail shortly before 4 a.m., police said. The 44-year-old faces misdemeanor DUI charges and was released from jail after posting bond. The man publicly apologized for the incident and said he would be willing to take corrective action to avoid this type of situation in the future.

On the morning of the incident, police said they saw a driver going the wrong way on a street. They say the motorist tried to make a U-turn. He appeared to be intoxicated, police said. He was arrested after completing a sobriety test in the field. Hueso apparently was attending a dinner honoring Latino lawmakers right before the alleged DUI accident took place.

A misdemeanor DUI charge in California can result in various consequences if a conviction is ultimately secured. For instance, a person may be given a jail sentence, license suspension and/or a fine. Nevertheless, there is a significant difference between an accusation of criminal conduct and a conviction, and Hueso remains innocent before the court unless the government is able to prove otherwise. He is entitled to the exact same legal protections afforded to all individuals charged with a crime in our state.

Source: kpbs.org, "San Diego Legislator Ben Hueso Arrested On DUI Charge", Ben Adler, Aug. 22, 2014

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