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What is the Watson Advisement?

For California drivers, the future consequences of a DUI conviction can be made worse when a driver is made to sign the Watson Advisement following a DUI conviction.

The Watson Advisement is the result of a 1981 Supreme Court case that declared someone driving under the influence who also causes a fatal accident can be found guilty of second degree murder.

According to the Watson Advisement, if a person has one DUI conviction on their record and happens to be involved in a DUI accident where someone dies, they are subject to harsher penalties.

How the Watson Advisement Affects DUI Cases

An individual may be required to sign the Watson Advisement after being convicted of their first DUI in California. The document makes any potential DUI manslaughter charges easier to prosecute as murder.

This is done in order for prosecutors to easily prove that a driver accused of driving under the influence knew that they could kill someone, since they understood the risks of driving under the influence, and when they chose to do so, they demonstrated a disregard for human life.

When signing the Watson Advisement, a person acknowledges that:

  • Driving under the influence affects the ability to operate a vehicle,
  • Driving under the influence is a danger to human life, and
  • Driving under the influence may result in a person's death, and if it does, the driver can be charged with murder.

By signing the Watson Advisement, you give the court consent to charge you with murder if someone is killed as a result of your drunk driving. If you are facing DUI charges, no matter the circumstances, you should look to retain legal counsel right away.

For more information about your charges and how an Orange County DUI attorney from the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. can help, contact our firm today.