This past Friday, an Irvine man was sentenced to 21 years to life in state prison for causing a fatal drunk driving accident that killed a local 14-year-old girl. According to court records, the man had a blood alcohol content (BAC) level more than 2 ½ times the legal limit. In Los Angeles County, the legal BAC limit is .08%, although officers have the right to arrest drivers with lower BAC levels if they believe that their driving has been significantly impaired.
Although the man, who had been convicted of second-degree murder for the fatal DUI, asked a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge for leniency, the Judge gave him the most severe sentence possible. The man will be required to serve a minimum of 18 years before he will be able to petition for release.
Strict DUI Penalties in Los Angeles
DUI has become a top priority for law enforcement officers throughout Los Angeles – specifically because it causes numerous preventable accidents, injuries, and fatalities each year. This particular case serves to highlight the fact that DUIs resulting in injuries and death are taken extremely serious by prosecutors and Judges, and that harsh sentencing policies are in place.
Although first time DUI convictions can result in numerous consequences, harsh penalties can be elevated when aggravating circumstances are involved, including:
- DUI causing injury
- DUI resulting in death
- DUI with a child passenger
- High BAC levels
For those who stand accused of DUI in Los Angeles County, securing experienced, proven representation is vital to pursuing a favorable resolution. For DUI cases involving injuries or death, representation is crucial to fighting against long-term penalties and terms of imprisonment.
If you or someone you care about has recently been charged with driving under the influence – including DUIs resulting in accidents or injuries – allow a Los Angeles DUI attorney from Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP to review your case during a free case evaluation.
For a free legal consultation, call (800) 462-7160.