Man faces DUI charge following fatal accident involving teen

A man in California was recently arrested and taken into custody after being accused of causing a fatal car accident due to drinking and driving. The collision took place on a Friday afternoon. The man facing a DUI charge is 31 years old.

According to police, the man was driving under the influence and suddenly crashed into a car in which a high school senior was riding. The senior was apparently slated to play in a football later that day. The crash occurred at a little past 2 p.m. at a street intersection.

Another automobile was affected by the accident as well. Hundreds of people recently came together at the intersection where the teenager lost his life. The California high school that the teenager attended said it would make counselors available to students dealing with grief in the wake of the fatal crash.

The man facing a DUI charge may understandably be nervous about the harm that such a charge could cause him. For instance, the man faces time behind bars if convicted and may have a difficult time landing certain types of jobs in the future if he has a criminal record. The man certainly has the option of pursuing and accepting a plea deal, if one is available, which may lead to a lighter sentence than what would result from a guilty verdict at trial. However, he may instead choose to go to trial to fight the charges if he, in consultation with his legal counsel,  ultimately considers this to be in his best interest depending on the circumstances surrounding the case.

Source: abc10.com, "Hundreds mourn Stockton teen killed in DUI crash", Becca Habegger, Sept. 17, 2017

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