California motorists may not be particularly shocked to learn that police officers often cruise the streets looking for drunk drivers. What may be surprising is how many drunk driving arrests are potentially made by officers every year. One San Marcos deputy, for example, took 101 individuals into custody for drunk driving in 2014 alone.
A California man from Sunnyvale with one prior DUI conviction now faces 47 years and six months in prison after another drunk driving incident killed three out of four other people involved in a 2013 accident. The defense argued that the accident constituted manslaughter and not the three counts of second-degree murder the driver was charged with, but this argument did not work in court when the man was sentenced on March 13.
A 25-year-old California man was accused of killing a Ventura County Sheriff's deputy in a drunk driving accident that took place on Oct. 28. Authorities say the accused man was driving a Honda along northbound Highway 101 at around 1:15 a.m. when he fatally struck a 41-year-old sheriff's deputy who was finishing a traffic stop.
Because one's blood alcohol content is used to determine his or her level of impairment in a suspected incidence of driving under the influence, failure to submit to a blood or breath test comes with automatic penalties in California. However, there are no consequences for refusing a field sobriety test.
A California man received the maximum sentence for killing two Caltrans workers in a drunk driving accident. The 25-year-old man was sentenced to spend 34 years to life in state prison as a result of an accident that happened on July 22, 2012. According to reports, the accused man had one prior DUI conviction on his record.
California is the land of celebrities and beautiful people. As such, it sometimes feels as though there is a disconnect between the lives of the rich and famous living in Los Angeles and those of us who live here in San Luis Obispo. It has been pointed out more than once that celebrities seem to enjoy a much friendlier criminal justice system when it comes to offenses like driving under the influence.