Being arrested because police suspect that one has been drinking and driving could be one of the worst days of a person's life. The process of defending oneself against DUI charges may seem complex and confusing, and a person might wonder how a drunk driving conviction may affect his or her future. A man who is 67 years old recently was confronted with this type of situation following an accident involving two automobiles in California.
The morning accident happened when the man was operating a pickup truck while heading north on the highway. The traffic in front of him came to a halt. However, the man failed to stop, according to police.
The front of his truck collided with the rear of another pickup truck that a 44-year-old man was driving. Neither driver suffered injuries in the crash. However, the truck that allegedly rear-ended the other vehicle did sustain damage to its front.
After police investigated the matter, they determined that the man who was driving the first truck appeared to be drunk and thus took him into custody. The criminal defense in this DUI case might wish to focus on the evidence that the government will provide to try to prove that the defendant really was intoxicated. For instance, if a field sobriety test was given to the man, the defense may wish to dispute its accuracy. The man who has been accused of driving while intoxicated is entitled to the same protections that other people who face criminal charges in California receive.
Source: The Sacramento Bee, "Driver suspected of DUI in Highway 99 crash", , May 13, 2014