A possible DUI incident recently led to one death and injuries to another person in California. As a result, one individual who is believed to have been engaging in drunk driving was arrested. The accident occurred in the early morning hours.
According to authorities, a pickup truck collided with a sedan shortly after 6:20 a.m. The sedan had been parked at a beach, and a man and woman were sitting in it. The car flipped over and stopped on the lip of an embankment above the beach. The man in the crumpled car passed away due to the impact, while the woman suffered injuries.
The pickup truck rolled over and struck another parked automobile. The woman and man in this second vehicle escaped the crash with no injuries. The truck driver was arrested for suspicion of DUI.
Defense counsel will likely focus on investigating the specific drunk driving charges and critically examining the underlying evidence that the prosecution claims to have in support of the formal accusations. In doing so, a defense strategy will be developed that will focus on achieving the most favorable outcome possible. The defendant cannot be convicted in court without prosecutors proving the charges by a measure of proof characterized as beyond a reasonable doubt. This standard is intentionally set high in order to avoid the conviction of innocent people. Any person charged with driving under the influence is fully entitled to the same legal protections guaranteed to people who have been charged with other types of crimes in California.
Source: Malibu, CA, Patch, "Allegedly Drunk Driver Hits Parked Car on PCH Killing Man", Paige Austin, June 13, 2015