Boxer faces DUI charges

A well-known individual in California was recently accused of drinking and driving. Victor Ortiz, a former boxing welterweight world champion, was recently charged with DUI (two misdemeanor counts). The charges stem from the man's arrest in September of 2016.

Police arrested the champion at about 7 p.m. after pulling his vehicle over and smelling alcohol. According to police, the man was very inebriated at the time of his arrest. His blood alcohol level was over .15.

In California, a blood alcohol content above .15 triggers what is called a special allegation. This carries a stricter penalty for someone who ends up being convicted of DUI, such as higher fines or more jail time. The man who was recently charged with DUI is currently on probation already as a result of a battery case dating back to 2015 at a Rose Bowl concert. If his probation ends up being revoked due to his DUI, he could face jail time.

When a person faces a DUI charge in the state of California, he or she has the right to proceed to trial to fight the charge vigorously. At trial, the prosecution has to prove the charge beyond a reasonable doubt before a conviction can be secured. Rather than going to court, however, the defendant may opt to seek to negotiate a plea agreement with the prosecution. The benefit of a plea deal is that it may lead to a lesser charge and/or a lighter sentence than what would be imposed following a finding of guilt at court.

Source: boxingscene.com, "Victor Ortiz Facing DUI Charges, Could Potentially Face Jail", Jan. 3, 2017

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