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Remorseful man faces DUI and manslaughter charges in California

Empathy is a sign of a person's humanity. The ability to understand the pain felt by others is an important part of functioning in today's society. This is why it is significant to consider whether a person has remorse after causing pain from failing to obey the law. One man who was recently arrested on a DUI charge expressed remorse in a California court room for what he had done.

The man was in a holding cell in a courtroom in mid-September when he openly expressed his remorse for the fatal DUI crash that left one victim dead. The man apologized to the victim's family before he was even able to enter a plea. The man ultimately entered a not guilty plea to two felony charges of gross vehicular manslaughter and DUI.

The defendant is being accused of being under the influence of a depressant when he allegedly caused the fatal accident one afternoon in September. It was approximately 2 p.m. when the defendant was driving down the freeway. Apparently, the defendant for some reason veered left suddenly, causing him to drive down a median where the victim was working. The Caltrans contractor died instantly when the defendant's vehicle crashed into him.

Despite expressing remorse over the fatal crash in California, the defendant will still have to defend himself in the court of law. This will require careful attention to evidence and testimony presented by the prosecution. A good defense strategy will effectively cast doubt on the prosecution's legal arguments. This will be essential in having the DUI and manslaughter charges dropped or reduced.

Source: sandiegouniontribune.com, "Driver apologizes to family of Escondido crash victim", Dana Littlefield, Sept. 16, 2015

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