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Man charged with felony DUI in California

Five people suffered injuries in a recent pedestrian accident that police said involved drunk driving. The incident occurred on a Saturday night in California. A man has been booked on felony DUI charges in connection with the motor vehicle collision.

The vehicle wreck happened at a little past 8:15 p.m. According to authorities, a 43-year-old man was going north on a street in his vehicle and rear-ended a car that had been parked. He also is said to have struck an SUV in addition to hitting five pedestrians.

A 58-year-old woman and a 30-year-old woman suffered major injuries in the collision. Meanwhile, a 42-year-old individual and a boy, 5, suffered serious injuries that were less serious. A fifth person also suffered less serious injuries.

When individuals are accused of DUI in California, it is within their right to go to trial to aggressively fight the charges. As an alternative, they might pursue a plea deal with the prosecution, if available. The terms of a plea deal that the government offers depend on the strength of its evidence. When the evidence is strong, a plea deal might offer the advantage of a more lenient sentence than what would typically be rendered if a conviction were to be handed down at trial. The criminal defense in either situation will strive to protect the defendant's legal rights while questioning the validity of the prosecution's evidence -- such as any blood alcohol content test results -- and ultimately fighting for a favorable outcome for the client.

Source: fresnobee.com, "Pixley man booked on DUI charges after 5 pedestrians injured", Aug. 22, 2016

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