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Drunk Driving Charges Follow Fatal Crash

Drunk Driving Charges Follow Fatal Crash

Three seniors of a high school in California were on their way home from Grad Night in the early morning hours of a recent Thursday. Reportedly, their car was stationary at a red light when another vehicle struck it from behind. The impact caused them to smash into another vehicle behind which they were stopped. Officials say one passenger received medical treatment at the scene, and the second passenger along with the driver was rushed to a hospital while the other driver faces a DUI charge.

The two passengers’ injuries allowed them to attend their graduation the following day while the 18-year-old driver remained in intensive care. Sadly, he only survived until the following Monday, when he succumbed to the injuries he suffered in the crash. According to the California Highway Patrol, a 27-year-old man drove the vehicle that rear-ended the car the seniors were in.

Officers say the driver of that vehicle was arrested and charged with suspicion of impaired driving and booked into a Ventura jail. He was subsequently released to await a future hearing. However, since the death of the teenager, the accused man may now have to face charges of vehicular manslaughter.

Source: thecamarilloacorn.com, “Rio Mesa senior killed day before graduation“, Daniel Wolowicz, June 23, 2017

Any California driver who faces a DUI charge should secure the support and guidance of an experienced DUI defense attorney as soon as possible. A DUI lawyer can examine the charges and the evidence, including the alleged BAC level of the driver and the procedures used to determine that. Any person accused of a crime remains innocent until — and if — the prosecution can prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Felony DUI Charges After 5 Injured in a Crash

Felony DUI Charges After 5 Injured in a Crash

Five people, including three children, were hospitalized after an accident on a recent Tuesday afternoon. The driver of the car was the only occupant who did not suffer serious injuries. Officers who suspected she was driving under the influence of alcohol arrested the driver.

While the California Highway Patrol is seeking witnesses to provide more information about the incident, their preliminary accident report indicates that a 28-year-old woman from Santa Paula was eastbound on Highway 150 when she lost control of her vehicle. The car crashed into a wall not far from a school shortly before 6 p.m. Two adults and three children who were passengers in the car were injured.

A 3-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy reportedly suffered moderate injuries, while a 6-month-old girl’s injuries were described as major. Another victim with major injuries was a 21-year-old male, and a 29-year-old woman suffered moderate injuries. All the injured victims were transported to hospitals in the area. CHP further reported that they suspect two of the kids in the car were unrestrained when the accident occurred.

The driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. CHP booked her into Ventura County jail where she is facing felony DUI charges. However, authorities say the accident investigation is ongoing.

Source: vcstar.com, “Santa Paula woman arrested on suspicion of DUI after crash into a wall“, John Scheibe, June 14, 2017

Whenever a California driver is accused of drunk driving, the most appropriate step might be to secure the services of an experienced DUI defense attorney who can launch an independent investigation to determine the true facts of the case. Based on this information, the lawyer can launch a defense during which the evidence presented by the prosecution can be challenged.

Driving Under Marijuana Influence

Driving Under Marijuana Influence

California and other states that have decriminalized the recreational and medicinal use of marijuana still have laws against driving while impaired. However, the standards for marijuana impairment are still evolving, and many questions about driving under marijuana influence exist. Regardless of these questions, DUI Driving under the influence of marijuana is a crime in California.

Currently, California law enforcement uses both observed and chemically tested impairment as the basis for charges of marijuana. Field tests may allow trained officers to judge driver impairment based on personal observations. However, the reliability of this method is questionable. Although officers receive advanced training in identifying many indicators of pot impairment, many may not have mastered the skills required to make accurate observations.

Chemical testing involves measuring the active tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in the driver’s blood. Multiple problems exist with the tests, including the fact that, although no legal limit has been set as for drunk driving, many drivers are charged when their blood test results show THC exceeding 5 nanograms. Compared to blood/alcohol testing, testing for cannabis can be inaccurate because THC will show in a user’s blood for months. Furthermore, the two to three hours it typically takes to get a blood test completed may not provide reliable results.

Law enforcement personnel in California use a device similar to a Breathalyzer that tests drivers for several drugs, including marijuana. Another test requires the officer to take a swab sample from inside the driver’s cheek to check for drug presence on the spot. The fact remains that there is no legal limit against which to measure the THC level in a driver’s system.

The best step for California drivers who are accused of driving under marijuana influence is to consult with a DUI defense attorney experienced in handling these types of criminal cases.

Source: cannabisnow.com, “5 Questions About ‘Weed DUI’ Answered“, Rachel O’Connor, May 30, 2017