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California driver faces suspicion of felony DUI charge

A California driver was recently arrested after a crash that caused the death of a passenger. The accident reportedly occurred on state Route 76 in the early morning of a recent Monday. The California Highway Patrol reported that the westbound driver, who is now facing a DUI charge, failed to properly navigate his vehicle on the curvy route and swerved off the roadway.

After striking a concrete drain bridge, the vehicle rolled over, ejecting one of the two passengers. Reportedly, the ejected passenger was declared dead at the accident scene. The driver and the other passenger were both transported to a medical center for treatment of their injuries. CHP arrested the driver on suspicion of felony DUI and reported that he would be jailed upon his release from the hospital.

Any California driver who is facing a DUI charge typically benefits by securing the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as practicable following an arrest. Many drivers have jeopardized their cases by saying or doing things contrary to their interests. A lawyer can help minimize the damage while seeking to protect the rights of the accused.

Defending a DUI charge is a complicated process and requires a technical knowledge of California laws and procedures. In particular, a comprehensive knowledge of police procedures and the legalities related to medical and scientific evidence that the prosecution may seek to use in court may be required. An attorney can examine and challenge any claimed evidence offered by prosecutors. In the end, it is the government that has the burden of proof, and an accused individual benefits from the presumption of innocence unless and until the prosecution is able to prove otherwise in court.

Source: Oceanside-Camp Pendleton, Ca. Patch, "Passenger Dies in Suspected DUI North County Crash", Mirna Alfonso, Nov. 9, 2015

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