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DUI charge: Motorcyclist's death leads to murder charge

A 25-year-old California driver had his bail set at $1.5 million after pleading not guilty to a second-degree murder charge that followed a fatal accident on a recent weekend. The California Highway Patrol accident report indicates that the man who was arrested on a suspected DUI charge was westbound on a road in North County. For unknown reasons, he is suspected to have veered across the center and into the way of an eastbound motorcyclist.

The 60-year-old motorcyclist was struck head-on and succumbed to his injuries later. The driver of the car was treated for moderate injuries before he was booked into the jail. Although the driver admitted to having consumed one beer, investigators allege that he had spent time drinking at several places. It was reported that the man was convicted of misdemeanor DUI in 2008 and was driving on a suspended license.

A CHP officer pointed out that the consequences of a second DUI offense is much more severe because the driver would have attended classes to learn about the dangers of drunk driving after the first offense. A conviction on these charges can lead to a jail sentence of at least 15 years. Drivers who face such serious charges will likely have many questions about their rights and how the charges will impact their lives.

There are several manners in which a DUI charge in California can be defended, and an accused driver may benefit from retaining the services of an experienced DUI defense attorney. An attorney will know exactly how severe the penalties are and will protect the rights of the accused driver through all the phases of a DUI case. The prosecutor has the burden of proof of impairment, and the outcome of the case can depend on the skills and experience of a defense attorney.

Source: sandiegouniontribune.com, "2nd-degree murder charge in fatal crash", Pauline Repard, Aug. 4, 2015

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