According to Los Angeles police, the driver of a gold Ford Focus lost control of his vehicle and struck a pole, killing his female passenger, on Dec. 30, 2013. The Los Angeles Police Department says that the collision occurred in Northridge on Roscoe Boulevard around 12:20 a.m. Police are expecting to take the driver into custody on suspicion of DUI.
The Focus was traveling at a high rate of speed when it veered into oncoming traffic and hit a utility pole on the passenger side, according to a detective with the LAPD. The detective further stated that the driver failed to negotiate an S-curve in the road allegedly due to the speed at which he was traveling. The passenger died at the accident scene.
The LAPD detective claims that officers discovered beer cans in the roadway close to the collision site. The driver was trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated. He was taken to the hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.
An individual who has been charged with DUI in connection with a fatal accident may be facing severe, life-changing consequences if he or she is convicted. Penalties for a DUI conviction in California might include hefty fines, jail time, alcohol education program, a license suspension, and probation. The penalties will be more severe for a felony conviction than for a misdemeanor. A felony DUI record may hinder future opportunities for employment, advancement, and education.
An Orange County drunk driving defense lawyer may be able to explain California DUI laws and discuss possible defense options. Most defense strategies will fall into one of two categories. The first is a plea bargain that may be brokered between the defense attorney and the prosecutor. A plea deal might include reduced charges or penalties in exchange for a guilty or no contest plea.
If there are discrepancies in the case, such as contaminated or questionable evidence or police misconduct, the case may be brought to trial. If the case is successfully challenged, it may result in a dismissal or acquittal.