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California man jailed for 6 years after his 8th DWI charge

Irrespective of the attempts of authorities to reduce driving while intoxicated (DWI) incidents in California, drunk driving accidents are reported daily. Some of these incidents result in serious automobile accidents where lives are lost. Life-altering injuries are frequently caused by people driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In the case described here, a man faced a DWI charge for the eighth time.

In early Oct. last year, a drunk driver in a pickup narrowly missed a collision with a big truck when he backed across a highway. The 50-year-old drunk driver, who was also found to be driving on a license that had been suspended, was soon arrested. The legal blood alcohol content (BAC) is .08 percent, and when the alleged drunk driver's BAC results showed at least .31 percent, there could be no doubt about the level of his intoxication.

Over a 20-year period, this man has had seven previous convictions of which four were felony DWI convictions. A district attorney in California stated that too many lives are put at risk by drunk drivers, and this risk had been ignored by the accused man for too long. He was sentenced to six years of incarceration and once free, his license will remain suspended for another 10 years.

California residents who face charges of driving under the influence may want to review their rights under the state laws. Those facing a first DWI charge may have a better chance of a favorable outcome than repeat offenders. By seeking legal guidance, the defendant will have a better understanding of the legal processes that will follow. Depending on the details of the case, the accused may be able to negotiate a plea agreement with the prosecutors, and thereby minimize penalties or even avoid jail time.

Source: opposingviews.com, California man convicted eight times for drunk driving goes to prison, Sarah Fruchtnicht, Feb. 25, 2014

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