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Jury sends former Marine to jail after conviction on DUI charge

Despite claiming to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder in a California court, a former U.S. Marine will be incarcerated for 11 years after being found guilty of driving while intoxicated in Feb. 2012. Jurors in the Dec. 2014 trial also found him guilty of causing grave bodily injuries to his three passengers. As part of the defense against his DUI charge, his legal team asked for treatment for his condition rather than incarceration, but the request was denied.

The charges stemmed from an accident that followed an evening of fun when the former Marine volunteered to be a designated driver. When his blood was tested after the accident, the results showed that he had to have consumed approximately 14 alcoholic drinks to push his blood alcohol content to more than double the legal limit of .08 percent. However, the defendant claimed to have been unaware of the fact that he was legally drunk when he got behind the wheel.

According to court records, the four Marines were traveling northbound on a road in Dana Point when the driver failed to control the vehicle in a curve. After leaving the roadway, the vehicle crashed into a tree, killing two of the passengers. The third passenger suffered critical injuries and died soon after being admitted to the hospital. The driver suffered a fractured arm and brain trauma.

California drivers who are accused of drunk driving resulting in the deaths of or injuries to others may consider utilizing the experience of a criminal defense attorney who focuses on defending those facing a DUI charge. Effective gathering of information and examination of procedures followed during the arrest and blood alcohol test may provide the necessary evidence to build a strong case. The defendant will have the opportunity to challenge the evidence presented by the prosecutor in an effort to obtain a positive ruling.

Source: Oceanside-Camp Pendleton, Ca. Patch, "Former Marine Imprisoned For DUI Death of Marines", Mirna Alfonso, Paul Anderson, Jan. 31, 2015

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