A man was recently charged with driving under the influence. Police said the California man facing DUI charges caused a fatal crash involving seven vehicles due to being under the influence. He is 39 years old.
The motor vehicle accident occurred at a little past 5 p.m. on a Friday. Another driver died in the accident. Meanwhile, three other individuals suffered injuries.
The man who police said caused the DUI accident is a youth correctional officer. He has been working at a correctional facility since 2007. The man faces several charges, including DUI and gross vehicular manslaughter.
A DUI charge can have serious consequences, including jail time and the loss of a driver's license, if an individual is actually convicted. However, the accused has the right to fight the allegations at trial, where California prosecutors have to prove the accusations beyond a reasonable doubt, by competent and relevant evidence, before any conviction can be secured. This standard exists in an effort to prevent innocent people from being found guilty of crimes they did not commit. Alternatively, the defendant may choose to negotiate a plea deal, if one is offered by prosecutors, which may lead to lesser charges and thus a more favorable sentence than what would have been imposed had he been found guilty at trial. Either way, the criminal defense will pursue the outcome that is ultimately in the accused person's best interest while also fighting to ensure that his legal rights are protected at all stages of the criminal proceedings.
Source: kcra.com, "Correctional officer arrested on DUI charges in Elk Grove crash", Sarah Heise, Aug. 18, 2016