Accidents can happen at any time for a variety of different reasons. Unfortunately, some people in California may find themselves facing criminal charges after they are involved in an accident and, as a result, may be unsure of their options. One man is suspected of drunk driving after he was allegedly involved in an accident that resulted in a fatality.
The incident happened early one evening on a day in February. The alleged victim is reportedly a 55-year-old man was was assisting a disabled driver on the shoulder of a California freeway. According to reports, a sports utility vehicle driven by a 48-year-old man veered onto the shoulder, striking the man.
The driver is accused of failing to remain at the scene. An off-duty police officer reportedly followed the man and pulled him over near the crash site. The driver was booked on suspicion of several charges, including drunken driving causing injury or death. Despite the charges, it is unclear what the man's blood alcohol content was at the time of the accident and how it may have been determined.
Those accused or suspected of committing a crime are presumed innocent unless proved otherwise in court. In order be be convicted, California prosecutors must provide evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt -- a high standard that is often difficult to meet. To ensure that they are treated fairly throughout proceedings, those accused of drunk driving and other crimes often ask an experienced defense attorney to assist them throughout their proceedings, including performing such tasks as examining evidence, preparing a defense and negotiating with prosecutors.
Source: fox5sandiego.com, "DUI suspect hits, kills tow truck driver", Salvador Rivera, Feb. 24, 2017