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Man sent to prison for two instances of felony DUI

A man in California is headed to prison after he was found guilty of two felony charges of driving under the influence. The man is slated to spend 16 months behind bars for DUI. He is 34 years old.

Police said that back in February, an officer had stopped the man for weaving into traffic. When police confronted him, the man reportedly smelled like alcohol and showed signs that were consistent with an intoxicated person. The man admitted to police that he had consumed alcohol. A blood test indicated that the man's blood alcohol content was .18 percent -- more than double the legal limit of .08 percent.

Later in the year, in June, police allegedly stopped the man for an equipment violation, and he was again found to smell like alcohol. This time, his blood test result indicated that his blood alcohol content was .16 percent. The man, in September, pleaded no contest to felony charges from the February and June arrests. He was also convicted of DUI back in May 2011, February 2015 and May 2015.

When a person is arrested for DUI, defense counsel might explore the possibility of striking a plea deal with the prosecution, if appropriate to the defendant's circumstances. A plea agreement might offer the advantage of lesser charges and/or a lighter sentence compared to what would have been rendered if the accused were to be found guilty at trial. Anyone facing criminal charges retains the right to proceed to trial, where he or she forces the prosecution to prove the accusations using evidence that meets the California criminal justice system's exacting requirements.

Source: turlockjournal.com, "DUI charges send Turlock man to prison", Sabra Stafford, Sept. 27, 2016

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