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DUI Charges Pending in Rollover Crash

Posted on Wednesday, March 11th, 2015    

A driver who allegedly caused a Rancho Cordova rollover crash that injured several people has been placed under arrest for suspicion of DUI, according to recent reports. The California Highway Patrol stated that the crash involved two vehicles, including an SUV that rolled onto another vehicle at Folsom Boulevard and Hazel Avenue.

Emergency rescue crews extricated several victims from the wreckage, but it was unclear exactly how badly they were injured.

DUI and Car Crashes

When a driver causes a car accident while under the influence of alcohol, he or she may face more than just DUI charges. DUI charges address the act of driving under the influence, but causing harm to others or property damage may incur further criminal charges.

Depending on the level of injury caused to other parties in an accident, a drunk driver may be charged with:

  • DUI Second-Degree Murder or “Watson Murder.” A Watson murder is the name given to a charge of second degree murder in connection with driving while intoxicated. This is the most serious charge a DUI driver can face and is reserved for cases in which there is evidence of “malice aforethought.” Watson murder charges are brought only in the most serious of DUI fatality cases where there is evidence that the driver acted maliciously rather than simply ignoring the possible consequences of his or her actions.
  • DUI Vehicular Manslaughter. This is a much more common charge when someone has caused the death of another person while driving drunk. DUI manslaughter penalties depend on whether the jury deems you to have acted with gross or ordinary negligence.
  • DUI With Injury. This charge is what is known as a “wobbler” in criminal defense law because the DA can choose to prosecute it as either a misdemeanor or a felony. The level of this crime will usually be determined by the amount of damage caused to the victims. Severe injuries will often lead to felony charges, while minor injuries may lead to misdemeanor charges.

What Should I Do If I Have Caused A DUI Accident?

Before you make any statements in regard to a DUI accident, contact a criminal defense attorney like those at the Amerio Law Firm in Sacramento. Our attorneys can help you form the best possible defense to what may be very serious charges and will work with you to minimize the penalties incurred as a result of your DUI accident.

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