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DUI charge: California driver accused of vehicular manslaughter

Being accused of causing the death of another person while under the influence of alcohol can have devastating consequences. A California driver is finding himself in these circumstances. He is facing a DUI charge after allegedly causing a fatal accident on a recent Tuesday evening.

According to the California Highway Patrol, a 48-year-old pickup truck driver from Yuba County was eastbound on a local road shortly before 11 p.m. He allegedly crossed the centerline and traveled into the westbound lanes. A head-on collision with another pickup truck followed, and that vehicle burst into flames.

The 47-year-old driver of the westbound vehicle died at the accident scene while his 43-year-old passenger managed to escape the fiery wreck. Reportedly, the driver who crossed over the center suffered serious injuries for which he received treatment at a medical center in Sacramento. This is where he was arrested and charged with felony drunk driving and suspicion of vehicular manslaughter.

This California driver will likely seek the help of an experienced attorney who can skillfully defend a DUI charge. A lawyer can review the validity of the warrant for chemical testing and the evaluation of blood alcohol content that law enforcement obtained. If any variations from recognized protocol occurred, filing a motion in a criminal court can address the issue. The accused driver will be entitled to challenge the evidence against him; and, to secure a conviction, the prosecution must prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Whatever defense strategy the attorney chooses to pursue, it will be designed to achieve the best possible results while also protecting the right of the defendant.

Source: orovillemr.com, "Fiery crash leaves one dead, one facing DUI charges", Monica Vaughn, Nov. 17, 2016

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