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Man accused of DUI, faces charge of second-degree murder

One man in California was recently accused of driving under the influence. Police said he ended up killing a man due to driving under the influence. The man who was killed in the DUI accident was a retired firefighter.

The retired firefighter was killed on a Tuesday morning in August. He was 81 years old. According to authorities, the man who is currently facing charges sped through a red light and collided with the retired fireman's car.

The man who reportedly caused the accident now faces multiple charges, which include second-degree murder, in connection with the 81-year-old man's death. The man's bail was set at over $1.2 million. He has entered no-contest pleas to two DUIs during the past six years.

A DUI charge can negatively impact a person's reputation, in addition to leading to jail time and other serious consequences, if a person ends up convicted in California. When a person is accused of DUI, he or she has the right to proceed to trial to vigorously fight the charge. Alternatively, the plaintiff may seek to negotiate a plea deal with the prosecution, if available, as a plea agreement might offer the benefit of a lesser charge and a more lenient sentence. A thorough examination of the evidence that the prosecution intends to provide in support of its accusations may very well be a major focus of the criminal defense. Defense counsel will push for an outcome that is ultimately in the accused person's best interests, while also ensuring that none of the defendant's rights are violated at any point during the criminal proceedings.

Source: bakersfieldnow.com, "DUI suspect faces 2nd-degree murder charge after fatal crash", Aug. 5, 2016

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