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Man on trial following alleged fatal DUI crash

One man in California has been accused of drunk driving. He was recently on trial for drinking and driving and, allegedly, causing a vehicle crash that led to his girlfriend's death. He already has three DUI convictions.

The accident involving the man's girlfriend took place about three years ago along Highway 99. The man was reportedly heading south in a vehicle on the highway at about 70 mph and suddenly lost control of the car. Authorities said his vehicle collided with a tree at a little before 1 a.m., at which time the woman was thrown toward the back part of the vehicle and passed away instantly. According to officials, the man ended up being pinned behind his steering wheel, and officials later determined that his blood alcohol content was almost two times the legal limit of .08.

The man faces a murder charge in connection with the woman's death since a judge had warned him back in 2008 that he would face such a charge if he became inebriated and ended up killing someone. If he is convicted, the man faces anywhere from 15 years in prison to life behind bars. His previous DUI convictions are from the years 1980, 1996 and 2008.

When a person in California faces DUI charges, he or she has the right to go to trial on the merits of the case to fight the allegations. A conviction may be secured only if prosecutors can prove these charges beyond a reasonable doubt. Instead of going to trial, however, the defendant may decide to accept a plea deal with prosecutors, if one is offered. A plea agreement might offer the benefit of leading to a lighter sentence for the accused than what may result following a guilty finding at trial. The criminal defense will focus on achieving an outcome that is in the defendant's best interests in the end.

Source: fresnobee.com, "Fresno man on trial for drunken-driving crash that killed his girlfriend", Pablo Lopez, March 7, 2016

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