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Fatal California crash leads to felony DUI charge

California drivers who are suspected of drunk driving typically have a lot at stake. Drunk driving accidents often cause death or severe injuries to the driver, passengers and/or others. When a suspected drunk driver's actions cause death or bodily harm to another person, he or she may be facing a felony DUI charge. If the driver is convicted, they may face hefty fines, incarceration and a criminal record. Accordingly, those facing these circumstances may benefit from seeking legal advice without delay.

A 20-year-old woman is facing two felony charges after confirmation from the DA's Office. The charges include causing bodily injury while driving under the influence of alcohol and gross DWI vehicular manslaughter. The charges stem from an accident that occurred on an August evening in Willets. The woman was accompanied by two passengers when she allegedly lost control of her vehicle and traveled off the roadway before crashing into a tree.

It was reported that an 18-year-old front-seat passenger was ejected from the car and died on impact, and a 15-year-old back-seat passenger suffered a fractured rib and lacerations. The media report made no mention of the methods used to determine the blood alcohol level of the suspected drunk driver. The details related to the procedures followed to determine the driver's level of intoxication may play an important part in defending the felony charges.

The experience of a legal professional may be invaluable to a suspected drunk driver who seeks to protect his or her legal rights. In addition, an attorney will guide the plaintiff through the process of challenging the evidence presented by the prosecution while working toward the best possible outcome. Drivers in California who face a DUI charge will remain innocent before the court until and only if the prosecution can prove their guilt beyond reasonable doubt.

Source: ukiahdailyjournal.com, "Suspected DUI driver charged with felonies in Willits fatal crash", Adam Randall, Oct. 15, 2014

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