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California sailor faced DUI charge after fatal accident

Facing a DUI charge can be a confusing time for the accused person. As each situation varies, so do the consequences. A recent tragedy in California involving a sailor and an elderly couple left the sailor facing a DUI charge as well as other charges.

The accident occurred over the summer when the sailor was driving drunk and hit the couple as they were walking. The man and woman were both killed at the scene. The sailor's blood-alcohol content registered at 0.12, which is more than the 0.08 legal limit. The man admitted to officers he'd been drinking. According to reports, the man's cell phone and GPS could have both been distractions as he was traveling 75mph in the 55 mph zone.

The sailor has since pleaded guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter and will receive an 11-year sentence as a result. By pleading guilty, the 21-year-old sailor can serve his time and potentially better himself while serving his sentence. It was not said if he would be eligible for parole, but if so, he could be looking at less than the 11-year sentence. Although he faced serious charges, he was able to do so and will still have the opportunity to have a productive life following his release.

A DUI charge isn't something taken lightly by the court system, but with the proper knowledge, a California resident can successfully face their charge and be hopeful for a positive outcome. Understanding the applicable laws can be beneficial when the accused is trying to determine the best way to move forward with their defense. Taking the proper steps and having an understanding of what to expect can help a person have realistic expectations about their future.

Source: cbs8.com, Sailor admits DUI in death of elderly couple, Steve Price, Oct. 16, 2013

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