Being taken into custody for drinking and driving can understandably be a scary experience. What is even scarier is being arrested for DUI after allegedly being involved in an accident that ended up killing another person. One man in California is currently facing this situation.
Getting arrested and charged with driving under the influence, or DUI, is naturally frightening. However, being accused of being involved in a DUI accident involving the death of another party can be even more intimidating. The penalties of a resulting conviction can be serious, potentially including imprisonment, fines and other sanctions. One man found himself potentially facing these types of charges in California following a vehicle crash.
Following the deaths of two individuals on a recent Saturday, the individual who is believed to have caused the crash has been taken into custody in California. Police say that alcohol, as well as drugs, appear to be a causal factor in this collision. The man, who has several past DUI convictions, must now focus on ensuring that his legal rights are protected in this situation.
Being arrested for drunk driving offenses in California can have dire consequences. Even for a first offense, one's driving privileges can be taken away and stiff fines may be assessed if a conviction is ultimately obtained. Furthermore, jail time and/or community service could be ordered in appropriate cases. Moreover, a drunk driving arrest -- in and of itself -- can cause pandemonium in one's work and personal life.
In California, charges of driving under the influence may often follow some kind of routine traffic stop based upon any number of allegations. A broken taillight, an alleged speeding offense, or countless other minor issues may be asserted to support an initial traffic stop. The consequences of a DUI charge may be vastly stricter than the original issue. In some cases, police may simply respond to a minor fender bender and begin to suspect one or more people involved of drunk driving.