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Underage boy faces felony DUI charges in California car accident

Just because an individual is under the age of 18 does not mean that they will not face serious penalties as a result of a California car accident, if it is found that the underage individual was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. A 17-year-old is facing serious penalties for allegedly crashing his parent's SUV while under the influence. As a result of the crash, five occupants suffered injuries, which resulted in felony DUI charges.

The accident is occurred at around 12:30 a.m. when the car, filled with teenagers, struck a fire hydrant. Police say the SUV was traveling somewhere between 60-80 mph in a residential neighborhood. Two of the occupants suffered serious injuries, including a broken jaw and a head injury, while the three other occupants suffered minor injuries.

The boy being criminally charged was recently brought before a judge, where it was ruled that he will remain incarcerated at a juvenile facility. State officials say the boy was on a diversion program for a previous alcohol consumption charge when the accident transpired. Police are continuing to investigate the incident, and it is unclear whether any additional charges will be brought in the case.

Facing felony DUI charges is a serious matter. Given the nature of the charge, California prosecutors may seek a severe penalty if they obtain a conviction, which could include a substantial jail sentence. However, the fact that an arrest has been made and a prosecution has been commenced does not necessarily mean that the defendant is guilty of all or even some of the charges. If there are issues surrounding any of the proof in the case, this could lead to either a prosecutor agreeing to a favorable plea arrangement or a court finding the defendant not-guilty after trial.

Source: ContraCostaTimes.com, "Novato teen charged in DUI wreck had prior alcohol case, provisional license," Gary Klien, Nov. 21, 2012

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