Man arrested on suspicion of DUI following Palm Desert accident
May 24, 2015
When a driver is charged with a DUI in California, the potential consequences can be overwhelming. With license suspension, fines, alcohol treatment programs and possible jail time, those convicted of DUIs can expect their lives to change drastically. Fortunately, a DUI charge does not necessarily guarantee a conviction.One Cathedral City man is potentially facing these consequences after being arrested on suspicion of DUI earlier this month. The man allegedly crashed his pickup truck into a medical transport van. According to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, after rear-ending the van the truck bounced off a nearby light pole and turned over. While the two employees in the van were not injured, the man in the pickup was trapped in the wreckage. Firefighters managed to free him and take him to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries. He was booked shortly afterwards at the Riverside County jail.In California, a DUI conviction requires mandatory alcohol education and treatment. A convicted driver will also lose his or her license upon arrest. For first time offenders, there will be a license suspension period of four months.
The court may also require the driver to install an ignition interlock device in his or her vehicle. This device will prevent the car from starting if the driver’s breath contains more than a minimal amount of alcohol. A driver with multiple offenses could also lose his or her vehicle. With so many consequences, it is important to be prepared to aggressively defend oneself against the charges. Consulting an experienced DWI defense attorney can help ensure one’s rights are fully protected.