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California man accused of hit and run now facing a DUI charge

Understandable, facing charges relating to DUI can have a negative impact on one's life. It is not uncommon for the California public to judge a person who is facing a DUI charge long before he or she has had the opportunity to defend against the accusations in a court of law. Any person is innocent until and only if prosecutors have proven guilt beyond reasonable doubt. Moreover, an accused individual has the right to protect his or her own interests in court.

A 41-year-old man filed a not guilty plea to charges of DUI, felony hit and run and vehicular manslaughter. He was accused of causing the death of a 27-year-old female student in a crosswalk after ignoring a stop sign at an intersection in Del Mar. Police found a registration plate at the intersection and assumed that it came off the vehicle responsible for the hit and run accident.

Using the details linked to the registration plate, police located the man and estimated the level of alcohol in his blood to have been approximately .24 percent at the time when the accident occurred. The man was also accused of fleeing the scene of an accident where injuries were sustained. His bail was set at $250,000.

When a California driver has to face a DUI charge, he or she could benefit from taking note of the specifics of each one of the formal charges. Prosecutors must shoulder the burden of proving each element of any accusations made. Every reasonable opportunity to challenge the evidence and confront witnesses will be offered to the accused driver.

Source: cbs8.com, "Accused drunk driver arraigned in deadly hit-and-run", Dominic Garcia, April 7, 2014

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