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Criminal defense: 1 charged with felony DUI in California

A car accident can take place in the blink of an eye, and leave those involved shaken up and uncertain of what just occurred. While a similar situation can be challenging enough in its own right, if additional charges are included, a person may feel somewhat overwhelmed by the criminal defense process. A woman from another state has recently been arrested and accused of drunk driving in California after allegedly striking a police motorcycle from behind and injuring an officer.

According to reports, the officer had parked his motorcycle on the side of the road to assist with an unrelated collision just after 6 p.m. on a recent Monday. While helping those involved, authorities claim that another driver failed to notice the emergency lights and struck the motorcycle, causing it to hit the officer and another vehicle. The officer reportedly suffered serious injuries in the process, and was scheduled to undergo surgery the next day.

The driver was given medical attention at the scene and placed in custody soon thereafter. It is unclear how authorities came to believe she was intoxicated at the time of the incident. However, she is reportedly facing numerous charges in relation to the collision, including felony charges for driving under the influence.

With the severity of a conviction for DUI charges, those who face similar allegations may find it advisable to seek guidance as soon as possible. By speaking with a criminal defense attorney, a person could become better informed of the consequences he or she may face. An attorney in California can examine the incident, along with the charges and evidence against a client, and provide advice on the best course of action to take during subsequent court proceedings.

Source:, "Woman arrested on felony DUI charges after CHP motorcycle officer struck and injured", Lisa Fernandez and Alex Savidge, Jan. 16, 2018

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