A California vehicle accident recently led to injuries to a pedestrian. The accident also resulted in the arrest of one man for allegedly driving under the influence. The accident leading to the drunk driving charges took place on a Sunday night in mid-April.
According to police, a vehicle that was going west on a street ended up striking a pedestrian. The pedestrian was trying to illegally cross the street at the time of the crash. The collision occurred at around 9:45 p.m.
The jaywalking crash victim suffered serious injuries in the collision. This individual was transported to the hospital for treatment. Meanwhile, the driver was arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated with alcohol.
When people are accused of drunk driving in the state of California, they have the right to go to trial to fight these allegations. Alternatively, they might decide to pursue plea deals with the prosecution, if available. The terms of a plea deal are usually dependent upon how strong the prosecution's evidence is. The benefit of a plea agreement is that it may lead to reduced charges and/or a lighter sentence than what would be rendered if a conviction were to be handed down at trial, particularly if the prosecution's evidence appears to be strong. Whether a defendant goes to trial or attempts to negotiate a plea deal, defense counsel will strive to protect the client's legal rights while pushing for an outcome that is ultimately in the accused individual's best interests, considering the circumstances surrounding the case.
Source: Imperial Beach, CA, Patch, "Pedestrian Struck By Alleged DUI Driver in Chula Vista", April 18, 2016