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California woman facing DUI charges after crash

Facing DUI charges can be a life changer if not properly handled. A recent accident in which a woman was driving the wrong way down a California highway resulted in a head on collision that killed one man. The woman was taken to a local hospital for treatment of her injuries before being arrested. Police suspect she was impaired at the time of the crash. She may now be facing DUI charges pending the completion of the investigation.

There was another vehicle involved in the crash that was hit after the initial impact. The driver of that vehicle appeared to have received a back injury, but did not require an ambulance to transport him to an area hospital. No other details about the couple were given except for the fact that the man's wife was going to drive him to the hospital.

While drinking and driving may not be the best of decisions, it is important to note that in this particular case the woman was arrested on suspicion and is entitled to a full investigation just as any other crash suspect. If authorities believe the investigation supports a DUI charge, or any other charges, the woman may be able to negotiation a plea bargain involving a lesser charge. If she is decides instead to go to trial and is found guilty of any charges, there may be options to reduce any potential jail time.

As a California resident facing DUI charges, the woman may be best served by understanding the charges against her and knowing what rights she has under our state laws. Taking a proactive approach can often prove beneficial when facing serious charges. Having a firm grasp of the applicable laws can prove critical when determining the best way in which to move forward with a defense.

Source: CBS SF Bay Area, "DUI Suspected In Deadly Wrong-Way Driving Crash On Highway 24," May 3, 2013

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