One man in California has been accused of drinking and driving. His DUI charges are in connection with a fatal traffic accident that police said he caused. The man's friend ended up dying in the crash.
Authorities said four individuals, ages 21 to 24, were in a Ford Fiesta heading west on a parkway. The 24-year-old man, who was also speeding, reportedly struck a concrete curb that was raised. The car then suddenly left the roadway. The driver received minor injuries in the collision.
Two other people in the car suffered serious injuries and were taken to the hospital. Meanwhile, another person in the car died in the wreck. The driver was arrested on a recent Saturday a little after 3:15 a.m. -- nearly one hour following the crash -- and now faces charges of not only DUI but also vehicular manslaughter. A bail of $200,000 was set for him. Police continue to investigate the collision.
As the case moves forward, the man facing DUI charges might have the chance to negotiate a plea deal. The advantage of a plea agreement is that it may lead to more personally favorable sentencing considerations for the defendant. Instead of accepting a plea bargain, the defendant may simply decide to proceed directly to trial on the merits of the case to vigorously fight the charges. In either event, the criminal defense will push for an outcome that is in the best interests of the client while also making sure that his or her rights are honored at every stage of the criminal justice proceeding in California.
Source: signalscv.com, "Manslaughter, DUI charges brought against Agua Dulce man for fatal crash", Jim Holt, Jan. 19, 2016