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California man facing DUI charge after death of motorcyclist

It is not uncommon for the California public to judge individuals accused of committing a crime before they have had the opportunity to defend themselves in court. The is especially true in cases related to drunk driving. Although a conviction on a DUI charge may be detrimental to the accused individual's future, guilt must be proven before judgment is passed.

A group of motorcyclists was riding in South Los Angeles on a recent Saturday morning when an approaching car allegedly veered into the path of one of the motorcycle riders. The female rider was reported to have crashed into the car and suffered critical injuries. She was taken to a nearby hospital where she subsequently succumbed to her injuries and was declared dead.

The police reported that the car driver was suspected of being impaired and was taken into custody. Although the initial claim remains classified as suspicion of DUI, with arrest comes fear of what will follow. Once blood alcohol test results are available, the driver may have to defend against a formal DUI charge and possibly additional accusations. The fact that a person died in the accident certainly raises the stakes as this case heads to criminal court.

If California drivers find themselves facing a DUI charge, they may wish to seek help in gaining an understanding of applicable state laws and local court procedures. This knowledge may assist the accused individual to make certain that his or her legal rights are fully protected at all stages of the criminal proceedings. No verdict can be obtained until and unless prosecutors have presented sufficient evidence to prove the accused individual guilty beyond reasonable doubt. That is often a difficult standard to meet.

Source: Los Angeles Times, "Woman motorcyclist killed in collision with suspected drunk driver", Frank Shyong, April 19, 2014

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