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2 facing DUI charges after allegedly fleeing the scene of a crash

Two individuals have been arrested in relation to an incident in which a passenger allegedly attempted to switch seats with a driver after a crash in California. Leaving the scene of a crash is never advisable and can also lead to criminal charges. Regardless of the motivations behind a similar action, switching seats with a driver while under the influence may only make matters worse and could leave both parties accused of DUI.

Law enforcement agents assert the incident began when they received reports of a hit-and-run accident. Using information provided by witnesses, they claim to have located the vehicle soon thereafter. Upon approaching the driver, officers assert he was exhibiting signs of impairment, but they also claim that he wasn't the one driving the car when the accident took place.

While investigating the incident, authorities allegedly learned that the driver and passenger had switched seats after leaving the scene of the crash. Authorities initiated chemical tests soon thereafter, which allegedly indicated the blood alcohol of both individuals to be more than twice the legal limit to operate a motor vehicle. Both were taken into custody soon thereafter and charged with drunk driving.

A conviction for DUI charges carries serious consequences that could have a lingering impact on a person's life. Those who stand accused of similar charges could choose to speak with a defense attorney early on for guidance in making informed decisions. An attorney can examine the incident, along with the evidence and charges against a client in California, and provide advice on the best course of action to take during subsequent legal proceedings.

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