Councilman Tubbs accused of drunk driving

One high-profile man in California was recently arrested after police said he was driving while intoxicated. The alleged drunk driving incident took place in the area of Highway 99, where Councilman Michael Tubbs was apparently heading south. At the time of his reported arrest, his blood alcohol content was close to double the legal limit of .08, police said.

Authorities said the man was "weaving" prior to the traffic stop after 3 a.m. on a recent Saturday. The 24-year-old was driving faster than 65 mph speed limit, police reported. The man's attorney, however, said that it was not determined that a problem with the man's speed existed.

A blood test performed on that Saturday will provide evidence in the matter. The process will require weeks, the man's attorney said. The man did publicly apologize for the incident, saying that he thought he was within the legal driving limits. If the man is found guilty of driving while intoxicated, his driver's license may be suspended or restricted for multiple months.

The problems that a driving-while-intoxicated conviction can cause can last for many years, including preventing a person from claiming certain jobs or even struggling to rent vehicles. Nevertheless, prosecutors must prove drunk driving charges beyond a reasonable doubt in a California criminal courtroom. The criminal defense in such a case may benefit from scrutinizing the evidence that the government intends to introduce in court in order to identify possible legal challenges and then to strive for the best possible outcome.

Source:, "Tubbs faces DUI charges, apologizes for "mistake"", Roger Phillips, Oct. 21, 2014

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