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2 sentenced to prison in DUI cases

Prison sentences have been imposed in two separate cases of drinking and driving in California. The first case involves a 28-year-old man who was charged with felony DUI and has been sentenced to four years behind bars. The second case involves a 65-year-old man who was also charged with felony DUI and has been sentenced to two years plus eight months in prison.

Police said they stopped the 28-year-old man one day for speeding. Then, when they had him complete field sobriety tests, he reportedly failed them. In addition, they said, according to a chemical test, his blood alcohol content was between 0.16 and 0.18 percent, which is two times the legal limit. The man, who had three previous DUI convictions, pleaded no contest.

The 65-year-old man was driving and allegedly failed to come to a stop at an intersection. That is when police said he struck another vehicle. Another individual suffered injuries in the crash, and the man ended up fleeing the scene. When police caught him, he told police he had consumed alcohol before driving his vehicle and leaving the crash scene, and a chemical test indicated that his BAC was 0.13 percent. The man, who also had two previous DUI convictions, pleaded no contest to his charges.

If appropriate to the circumstances, a person facing DUI charges might consider accepting a plea deal offered by prosecutors, if available. A plea agreement may offer the advantage of resulting in a lighter sentence for the accused individual compared with what might result following a verdict of guilt at trial. The individual still has the right to go to trial, where prosecutors must prove the allegations with evidence that meets the specific requirements of the California criminal justice system.

Source: modbee.com, "Modesto, Ceres men get prison in separate DUI cases", March 11, 2016

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