Category: Vehicular Assault or Homicide

Drunk Driving Laws In California… Tough Enough?

Drunk Driving Laws In California… Tough Enough?

On behalf of Earl L. Jiang, Attorney at Law posted in Felony DUI on Monday, August 15, 2017.

LA Weekly found that a third of traffic fatalities in California could be blamed on DUIs, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Such disasters and tragedies are only accented by the fact that according to WalletHub’s analysis, “Strictest and Most Lenient States on DUI” the Bear Flag Republic ranks highly as one of the inflexible, determinable, and touch consequences for those earning the ire of the law. Such statistics supporting California’s ranking included being first in the country for average insurance rate increases for DUI drivers, fifth for jail time, and sixth for suspension of driver’s licenses.

Advocacy groups such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving, however, have continued to be extremely active in the pursuit of more strict and punishing regulations. The group has suggested additional checkpoints and expanded reasons, writ, and actions in driver’s license revocations. In contrast to WalletHub’s relatively strong rating of California’s stance, Mothers Against Drunk Driving has given the state only 3.5 out of 5 stars for its policies against drunk driving.

Further suggestions provided by the group have been to support the mass adoption of ignition-interlocks and to make driving drunk with a child passenger a felony.

Any California driver whose DUI charge has been elevated to a felony charge will likely explore the defense options. The logical step might be to consult with an experienced DUI defense attorney who can examine the charges and the evidence and explain the potential consequences. However, it is possible to successfully defend such charges, and even if the lawyer cannot get the charges dropped, he or she will work toward the best possible outcome.

The political movement towards more complex and tangled DUI laws require an experienced attorney to navigate them.

Source:, “Are California’s Strict Drunk Driving Laws Tough Enough?“, Accessed on August 15. 2017

DUI charges will occur in a tragedy involving 6 on highway 10

DUI charges will occur in a tragedy involving 6 on highway 10

On behalf of Earl L. Jiang, Attorney at Law posted in Drunk Driving Charges on Sunday August 6, 2017:

A mother of two was severely injured when a white Nissan rammed into her vehicle on August 5th. She had pulled over to the side of the road to account for an overheating Honda’s engine and was receiving aid from a good samaritan in a pick up truck before the impact.

Impact threw the pickup truck across the highway, and “crushed the backseat” of the Honda, causing the deaths of two children in the backseat. The crash momentum also killed the good samaritan, and the mother of two’s mother who had gotten out to take a look at the engine.

The police told news agencies that they found open cans of beer in the Nissan, and that the Nissan’s driver had been taken to the hospital to await a toxicology report. He has refused to speak to police.

In such tragedies, experienced legal counsel is needed for all parties to seek a fair, just, and equitable resolution.

Source:, ““, Lisa Marie Segarra, August 5, 2017

DUI charge may follow fiery 3-vehicle crash in Los Angeles

DUI charge may follow fiery 3-vehicle crash in Los Angeles

Three vehicles were involved in a crash that a person who heard the collision described as the worst he had ever experienced. He said it sounded like cars crashing into a brick wall. He was there when police arrived at the scene of the accident in California that may lead to one driver facing a DUI charge.

Los Angeles police arrived shortly after 2 a.m. on a recent Thursday. Officers reported that, after sideswiping a sedan, a speeding muscle car crashed into an SUV — propelling it into a tree. The muscle car continued ahead but burst into flames, trapping three occupants inside. The driver of the SUV that smashed into the tree was declared dead at the accident scene. She was a woman who was reported to have been in her 40s.

Officials say the driver of the car that was sideswiped was uninjured, but two of the occupants who were in the burning car were seriously injured, and the third person was in a critical condition. Police believe the driver of this car was impaired by alcohol and/or drugs. No mention was made of an arrest; however, police reported that the investigation was ongoing.

Any California driver who is suspected of driving under the influence may consider looking into defending a potential DUI charge. Such a charge could be very serious if there were loss of life in the accident. An experienced DUI defense attorney will be able to assess the circumstances and suggest the most appropriate way to proceed.

Source: NBC Los Angeles, “Driver Suspected of DUI in Deadly Winnetka Crash“, July 13, 2017

Alleged wrong-way driver may seek support defending a DWI charge

Alleged wrong-way driver may seek support defending a DWI charge

A fatal wrong-way crash recently led to accusations of intoxicated driving. A 30-year-old California nurse’s assistant may be seeking legal counsel to help with defending a DWI charge after the accident. The driver is suspected of driving while impaired when he traveled west against traffic heading east in Fontana on the 10 Freeway.

A report issued by the California Highway Patrol indicates that the crash occurred in the early hours of a recent Sunday morning. Reportedly, the suspected drunk driver collided with an eastbound car, causing it to spin out of control into a vehicle in another lane. The driver of the second car apparently suffered critical injuries, and paramedics rushed her to a medical center; however, she later succumbed to her injuries. She was believed to have been a 38-year-old woman from Hemet.

The seriously injured wrong-way driver was also transported to a hospital. He was later arrested and booked into jail on suspicion of driving while impaired and vehicular manslaughter. Bail was set at $250,000, and he was released three days later. It is unclear whether bail was paid.

Being accused of vehicular manslaughter is a serious charge, and a conviction could have devastating consequences for the future of any person. However, until — and if — the prosecution can prove an accused individual’s guilt without a reasonable doubt, he or she will remain innocent. Defending a DWI charge with the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney may help one mitigate any potential penalties. A lawyer can investigate the charges and the evidence before devising a defense strategy to achieve the best possible outcome.

Source:, “Redlands man accused of DUI in fatal wrong-way crash on 10 Freeway in Fontana“, Beatriz Valenzuela, June 6, 2017