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Second DUI charge filed against Alameda woman after fatal crash

An Alameda woman's driver's license status is in question after an accident in which a 3-year-old boy died. She is currently facing a felony DUI charge along with gross vehicular manslaughter. However, California Highway Patrol questions why this driver had a valid license after another arrest just a few months ago.

A CHP spokesperson says the driver's license should have been suspended upon the June arrest when she had one of her children in the car while allegedly driving under the influence. He said drivers are typically issued with temporary licenses until the adjudication of the DUI case. However, this driver was in possession of a valid license when she was arrested on a recent Friday night.

According to CHP, the question can only be answered by the police department of Pleasanton or the District Attorney's Office in Alameda County. The DMV may even be able to clarify the mystery. Reportedly, the recent accident in which the young boy was killed was believed to have occurred while the driver was allegedly under the influence of drugs.

Whenever a California driver is facing a felony DUI charge, he or she will likely focus on defending such charges. Navigating an effective defense may be best done by an experienced criminal defense attorney. A lawyer who is seasoned in defense of accused individuals -- regardless of whether it is first, second or third charges -- will scrutinize the individual counts before planning the defense strategy. While the outcome of criminal court cases can never be guaranteed, an attorney will always endeavor to achieve the best possible outcome.

Source: CBS San Francisco, "Driver Accused Of Fatal DUI Had Valid License, Prior Alleged DUI Crash", Andria Borba, Sept. 13, 2016

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