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U.S. Navy member faces DUI charges

A U.S. Navy member is currently facing a charge for driving under the influence in California. He also faces a vehicular manslaughter charge. The DUI and manslaughter charges come after the man was driving a pickup truck that ended up striking and killing four people, as well as injuring several others.

The accident took place on a Saturday afternoon. According to police, the man, age 24, was by himself in the pickup truck when it plunged off a bridge. The truck then struck people at a festival that was going on in a park below the bridge.

The man ended up falling 60 feet onto the booth of a vendor at a park. He was taken to the hospital for treatment of his serious injuries and currently faces four counts each of his DUI and manslaughter charges. He has been serving as an aviation electronics tech since 2015 in the Navy.

People facing DUI charges retain the right to go to trial if they consider this to be in their best interests. At trial, prosecutors have to prove their charges using relevant evidence before a criminal conviction can be handed down. In some cases, the weight of the prosecutor's potential evidence suggests that it would be more beneficial for the defendant to pursue negotiations for a plea deal, which, if available, might lead to reduced charges or a lighter sentence from the California court. No matter which route the defendant chooses, the criminal defense team will fight to make sure that all applicable rights are upheld at all stages of the criminal proceedings.

Source: 10news.com, "Navy man charged with DUI in Coronado bridge crash that killed 4", Oct.17, 2016

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