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Pregnant driver with .32 BAC faces manslaughter and DUI charge

A pregnant California woman was recently charged with felony drunk driving and causing the death of another person. At a recent hearing, the 23-year-old woman pleaded not guilty to both the DUI charge and the manslaughter charge. Bail was set at $250,000 after the hearing was held via video conference.

According to court documents, the woman -- who is in the last trimester of her pregnancy -- left her home after a domestic argument on a recent Friday night. She reportedly got into her car and drove off. Court documents say she was severely intoxicated at the time, and she might have fallen asleep while she was driving along Highway 41. She allegedly smashed into the rear of another vehicle, sending it down an embankment.

The driver and two passengers in that vehicle suffered injuries, and one passenger was killed. While the legal blood alcohol limit is .08 percent, an accident report indicates that the woman's blood alcohol content was measured at four times that amount at .32 percent. The mother and the unborn baby seemed to have escaped injuries in this accident.

It was reported that a conviction may send this California woman to prison for 15 years. Her baby is due to be born soon, and the most logical step for her would be to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney. A lawyer who is skilled in defending any person facing a DUI charge may be able to secure an outcome that will be in the best interest of the baby. Whether through negotiation or litigation, an attorney will endeavor to achieve the best possible outcome under the particular circumstances.

Source: abc30.com, "Pregnant woman pleads not guilty in deadly DUI crash", Joe Ybarra, May 24, 2016

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