A local attorney faces as much as 10years in prison for a DUI death. According to police, the man crashed into a tree in Thousand Oaks, killing his passenger. At the time of his arrest, the man had a blood-alcohol content that exceeded .15.
Police said that the man crashed into a tree and his vehicle overturned on Westland Avenue in Thousand Oaks. Both the man and his passenger suffered serious injuries in the collision. An ambulance crew transported the man and his passenger, a 38-year-old Canoga Park woman, to the hospital. Doctors there pronounced the woman dead.
The man faces charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. He also faces two special allegations of committing a serious felony and driving with a BAC of .15 or more. He will return to court on May 8 for matters related to his case.
Thousand Oaks DUI Lawyer
When you face charges for a DUI in Ventura County, hire an experienced DUI lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal defense. In his more than three decades of practice, he has defended thousands of Californians. He takes drunk driving cases in Ventura County.
Two out of three drunk driving cases in California result in misdemeanor charges. The remaining one-third result in felony cases. How the prosecutor charges you depends upon the circumstances of your case. Serious injuries or death typically result in felony charges. Additionally, the driver’s history with prior drunk driving arrests can also factor into the seriousness of the charges.
California’s drunk driving laws produce serious consequences, even for those facing misdemeanor charges. Immediately upon a drunk driving arrest, the DMV will suspend your driver’s license. You can challenge this suspension, but you must schedule a timely hearing with the DMV. It’s also important to know that the DMV operates independently of the court. A judge can extend this suspension as part of a criminal sanction.
Don’t assume that you can (or should) represent yourself in court. Instead, hire an experienced attorney who will represent you throughout the judicial process.
Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County DUI case.
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