Sometimes one incident can change a person’s life forever; this couldn’t be truer for a person who ends up being charged with drinking and driving in California. One man in our state was recently arrested after authorities said he led them on a police pursuit after having been drinking alcohol. However, the man accused of DUI has the right to defend himself in a court of law and remains innocent until and unless he is proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
The incident occurred when the man, said to be 30, reportedly was speeding. Police said they spotted him navigating his motorcycle at more than 90 miles per hour. They tried to stop him, but then he allegedly fled.
The man then forced police to chase him, officials said, and he ended up running a stop sign. His driving privileges appear to have been suspended in the state, according to police. In addition, his blood alcohol content was found to be at 0.15; the man said he had consumed a few beers and shots, officials reported. The motorcyclist was later charged with DUI, trying to evade a pursuing law enforcement vehicle and reckless driving.
A DUI conviction can have lifelong effects, such as causing insurance companies or potential employers to view the convicted individual negatively in California. It can also lead one to lose his or her license or to have to pay a fine as well as court costs. The criminal defense may encourage the charged person to strike a plea deal or go to court with the hope of successfully dropping the charges. It would be wise for the criminal defense to take a close look at the evidence that prosecutors plan to offer in court to support their charges in this type of criminal case.
Source: ifiberone.com, "California motorcycle rider charged for fleeing police, DUI", Cameron Probert, Aug. 1, 2014