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Unexpected DUI charge follows driver's visit to CHP station

A California man from Petaluma unintentionally got himself into a situation in which he was arrested and accused of drunk driving. Facing a DUI charge will always be a serious matter. The consequences of a conviction on such charges can be detrimental to a person's personal and professional life.

A report that was issued by the Corte Madera office of the California Highway Patrol indicates that a 44-year-old man arrived at the station shortly after 9 a.m. on a recent Tuesday. The purpose of his visit was to report a minor crash in which he was involved over the previous weekend. Officers who walked through the lobby where the man was waiting became aware of a strong alcohol smell.

While taking the report, the duty officer also doubted the man's sobriety. The man's watery, red eyes, along with other tell-tale signs, raised suspicion of intoxication. Upon questioning, the man said he drove to the station to make the report, and this was confirmed by security footage. A second officer was asked to evaluate the man, leading to his arrest on suspicion of drunk driving.

This is certainly unusual circumstances for a DUI arrest, and seeking the assistance of an experienced drunk driving defense attorney will be a sensible step to take. A California attorney will scrutinize the details of the DUI charge as well as the procedures used for determining the man's level of intoxication. The burden of proof will be on the prosecution, and guilt must be proved beyond a reasonable doubt before a conviction can be obtained.

Source: sfgate.com, "Man suspected of driving drunk to Marin County CHP office", Kale Williams, April 20, 2016

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