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California woman driving under the influence avoided checkpoint

Driving under the influence is not a charge that is taken lightly. While many people are arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence, it is important to note that not all are guilty. It is also possible the accused individual has made a one-time mistake that they regret and may be able to negotiate a favorable plea with prosecutors. A California woman who allegedly attempted to avoid a DUI checkpoint and was arrested may now be facing the decision of whether to fight the charges or negotiate with officials.

 

The woman crashed into a power pole as well as a fire hydrant in her purported attempt to flee, causing a huge mess. There was a rush of water from the hydrant and the power pole fell across the street, causing a massive traffic backup. Authorities allege that she had a BAC of 0.21 which is well over the 0.08 legal limit. They then arrested the woman for suspected DUI.

Although a serious offense, there are several factors that could come into play as the woman considers a defense against the charges. The woman's background will no doubt be looked into by officials as they attempt to find out if she has any prior convictions. This could be a determining factor when it comes to her sentencing, should the prosecution overcome their substantial burden of proof. Someone convicted of DUI can receive anything from probation to jail time.

 

A conviction is not a foregone conclusion, however. Any California driver that has been charged with driving under the influence can most likely benefit from having an understanding of the applicable laws. It is imperative the accused knows the exact charges they will be facing. By knowing what is ahead, a person can know the best way to proceed with any defense and any possible plea deal. An accused can take comfort in knowing there is the possibility of returning to their normal daily life after facing such a charge.

 

Source: easyreadernews.com, "Drunk driver shuts down PCH in Hermosa Beach," May 29, 2013

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