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Alleged street racer pleads no contest on felony DUI charge

One night of drinking and driving can have devastating consequences on the life of a California driver. It is not uncommon for an individual who is typically known as a responsible driver to end up facing a DUI charge. When a drunk driving accident causes the death of another person, a conviction can cause irreparable damage to a driver's personal and professional life. For this reason, the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney may be critical.

On the last day of May, a 23-year-old driver was arrested following an accident in which a pedestrian was killed. An accident report indicated that California Highway Patrol officers suspected the driver of being involved in street racing during the night on which the fatal accident occurred. The report indicated that the alleged drunk driver raced along Edison Highway when he smashed into two pedestrians and a parked car.

The accused driver contended that he decided to take a drive after consuming some tequila. He claimed that when he came upon some cars that were parked along the highway, he was unable to stop in time; moreover, he denied noticing any pedestrians. One pedestrian was killed, and another one was seriously injured. Authorities reported that a blood test indicated that his blood alcohol content was .18 percent, over the .08 threshold in California. At a recent hearing in court, the man entered a no contest plea to a felony charge of gross vehicular manslaughter.

The sentencing hearing for this DUI charge is scheduled for the end of December. It is not known whether this driver's no contest plea was pursuant to a plea deal. Nevertheless, the lawyer will likely focus on documenting mitigating circumstances in court as the case moves toward sentencing. If the lawyer is successful in presenting these circumstances on behalf of the client, the judge may be persuaded to impose a more lenient sentence.

Source: bakersfield.com, "Man pleads no contest to gross vehicular manslaughter in pedestrian death", Jason Kotowski, Nov. 25, 2015

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