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Man charged with DUI following fatal accident

A DUI charge and criminal charges were recently filed against a man in California. The charges were filed after police said the man caused a DUI accident that led to another man's death. The crash took place on a Saturday in April.

According to police, the 28-year-old man who was driving under the influence was operating a BMW and ended up striking a 35-year-old man's sedan. The accident occurred at an intersection a little after midnight. Police said the accident happened because the younger man blew through a red light while going nearly 90 mph and struck the older man's vehicle.

Authorities reported that the man who caused the crash had a blood alcohol level that was greater than .25 percent, which is more than triple the legal limit. He has been accused of DUI, as well as vehicular manslaughter while under the influence. If he is convicted, he faces a decade behind prison bars.

Individuals who are accused of DUI in California may proceed to trial if they believe this to be the most favorable avenue for them. At trial, the prosecution has to prove their charges beyond a reasonable doubt before criminal convictions are possible. In some cases, an individual may decide to negotiate a plea deal instead of going to court, particularly if the evidence that the prosecution plans to furnish appears strong. The benefit of a plea agreement is that it might lead to lower charges and a more lenient sentence from the criminal court. The criminal defense will push for an outcome that is in the client's best interest.

Source: Oceanside-Camp Pendleton, CA, Patch, "BMW Driver Faces DUI, Other Charges in Vista Crash That Killed Man", May 18, 2016

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