All In The Family: Mother and Daughter Arrested in DUI Case
When Fairfield police officers responded to a reported traffic collision, they had no idea that the outcome would be charges against both mother and daughter for DUI and other crimes. According to a recent report, the police responded to the scene of a crash at San Miguel Drive and El Verano Court where a silver Ford Thunderbird had struck a tree. A woman was lying on who was identified as Gail Massengale, 55. The woman claimed that she was driving and had hurt her back. She was transported to a hospital for treatment.
Massengale claimed that a dog had run out in front of her car and that she has swerved to avoid it. Inside the car was Sharae Massengale, 23, her daughter, who claimed she was a passenger in the car and had hurt her leg.
However, when officers reviewed surveillance footage from neighborhood cameras, they saw a slightly different version of events. Gail Massengale was not even in the vehicle at the time of the crash; her daughter was driving. Gail Massengale was cited for giving false information to a police officer and Sharae was arrested for felony DUI.
Felony DUI: Not Just About BAC
In California, felony DUI charges are often linked to repeat offenses. If someone is convicted of more than three DUIs, that person may be charged with a felony rather than a misdemeanor. Further if someone injures a third party as the result of a traffic violation committed while driving drunk, that person may be charged with a felony.
Felony DUI charges are much more serious than misdemeanors. They can mean significant time in jail, high amounts in fines and other penalties. It is important that anyone who is charged with a DUI take the charges seriously, but it is incredibly important for a person charged with a felony DUI.
In this case, the driver has an additional problem. When a driver attempts to deceive police about who was driving at the time of an accident, he or she can incur additional charges. Anyone who aids in the deception can also be charged, as the mother was charged in this case. No matter how grim the outcome of an accident may seem, honesty is always the best policy if you want to avoid further problems.
Amerio Law in Sacramento may be able to help you if you are charged with a DUI. Contact us today for more information.