One woman in California was recently charged with driving under the influence. Her felony DUI arrest took place following a two-vehicle accident. A passenger in the car she was reportedly driving at the time of the accident died in the crash.
The crash took place shortly after midnight on a Monday. Police said the passenger who died was a 28-year-old woman, and she reportedly passed away at around 12:45 a.m. The woman who ended up dying, the driver of the vehicle in which she was riding and two other people in this vehicle were all taken to the hospital for treatment of their injuries following the collision.
Police said when they arrived at the accident scene, the driver of the vehicle, 27, showed signs of being intoxicated. She currently faces a felony DUI charge. The person who was driving the second automobile involved in this accident was not charged or cited.
The woman facing a felony DUI charge has the right to proceed to trial if she believes this to be in her best interest. Prosecutors have to prove her charges with relevant evidence before a criminal conviction can be handed down. In some instances, the weight of the possible evidence suggests that pursuing a plea agreement is necessary, as a plea deal, if available, might lead to a reduced charge or a lighter sentence from the California court. Defense counsel will push for the best outcome for the accused in light of the circumstances surrounding the case, while also fighting to make sure that all of the defendant's applicable rights are honored.
Source: The Sacramento Bee, "Woman, 28, dies in DUI-related car accident in north Sacramento", Cathie Anderson, Feb. 15, 2016