When it comes to driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs in Orange and Los Angeles counties, the consequences can be very serious. While most people are aware that DUI is a crime, what many people do not realize is there are numerous DUI-related charges.
So, if someone is arrested for DUI in California, they can face multiple DUI-related charges depending on the facts of the case. For example, let’s say a young father is pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving.
When the officer walks up to the vehicle, he notices an open bottle of whisky on the front passenger seat, and he sees the driver’s toddler in the back of the vehicle. Suppose the father took a breathalyzer test and his blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was 0.15%. The officer arrests the man for DUI, and later on the prosecutor charges the man with multiple charges, including:
- Possession of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle under Sec. 49.031 of the California Penal Code
- DUI under Vehicle Code 23152(a), and
- Child endangerment under California Penal Code 273a PC.
Simi Valley Woman Faces Seven DUI-Related Charges
On Feb. 2, 2017, the Los Angeles Daily News reported on a drunk driving crash that occurred on New Year’s Day. In the story, a woman was arrested in connection to a New Year’s Day crash in Simi Valley that took the life of her wife, an off-duty Los Angeles Police Department Officer.
The defendant is a 25-year-old Simi Valley woman, whose BAC was above the legal limit when she was involved in the drunk driving crash that claimed the life of her own wife.
The deadly crash occurred around 2 am on New Year’s Day at Sycamore Drive and Cochran Street in Simi Valley. The suspect’s wife was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash after the Scion the women were driving in collided with a Nissan Maxima, driven by an Uber driver. Fortunately, the Uber driver and the passenger only sustained minor injuries.
The driver of the Scion (wife of the deceased LAPD officer) was arrested on not one, but seven DUI-related charges, including vehicular manslaughter. To read the full story in the Los Angeles Daily News, click here.
What we’re trying to illustrate here is that yes, it is possible to face multiple criminal charges in connection to a single drunk or drugged driving incident.
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